Name of group: IBDnet (www.ibdnet.ch) The IBDnet is a Swiss interest group of medical doctors and scientists specialising in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The aim is the promotion of research and communication on aetiology, diagnosis and therapy in order to improve patient outcomes.
Number of active members: Switzerland has roughly 475 gastroenterologists and hepatologists, 350 of whom are located in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and 125 in the French- and Italian-speaking parts. The IBDnet has 93 members, with a Steering Committee of 17 IBD specialists.
Number of meetings per year:
President: Stephan Vavricka
Secretary: Pierre Michetti
National Representatives: Pierre Michetti and Frank Seibold
Joined ECCO in: Switzerland was among the founding countries of ECCO.
Incidence of IBD in the country (if available): IBD incidence is estimated to be 2 cases per 1,000 persons per year.
Being an ECCO Country Member is very important for a country the size of Switzerland. Although the Swiss IBD Cohort Study (http://www.ibdcohort.ch) is an outstanding data registry able to answer a broad variety of clinical questions, it is crucial for Switzerland to be part of an international network enabling international research collaborations and sharing of best practice.
The increasing number of conferences, the ECCO Congress and programmes for young fellows and nurses offer further advantages to ECCO Members.
ECCO Country Membership allows the establishment of an international network to share experiences, develop international clinical research projects and exchange information. The ECCO Guidelines are among the pearls of ECCO Activities.
Yes, they are commonly quoted and used in Switzerland.
The Swiss IBD Cohort Study (http://www.ibdcohort.ch) is a project that has been developed by the IBDnet and is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Yes, the Swiss IBD Cohort Study established a national biobank in 2005.
Research projects mainly focus on epidemiologic, genetic and immunologic aspects of IBD. Further studies cover the microbiome.
Swiss representatives have been involved in the ECCO Guidelines and are among the members of EduCom and GuiCom. As Scientific Officer, Gerhard Rogler is a member of the Governing Board. Pierre Michetti is an honorary member and a member of the strategic council.
We want to improve further IBD knowledge on a national level with the help of local educational events, as well as an ECCO Educational Workshop planned for 2019. The IBDnet also places a strong emphasis on IBD nurse education, and this will be reflected in the ECCO IBD Nurse Education Programme.
ECCO offers outstanding educational programmes and congresses and is an ideal platform for collaboration.
For Switzerland, presence at the ECCO Congress is much appreciated by many delegates. Networking at the Congress is also of major importance for the development of research projects.