What we do – Science

ECCO Scientific Workshops

Our Scientific Workshops aim at unravelling unanswered questions in the field of IBD and producing authoritative reviews, thus contributing to the body of knowledge. Organised biennially by the Scientific Committee, these workshops address a single question with working groups who perform a systematic review which is published in due course. This is done with the purpose of setting goals for research to answer the question at hand. The Scientific Workshops use patient material to study a given question from different perspectives in working groups of 5-8 members.

ECCO Fellowships, Grants, Travel Awards

ECCO has established Fellowships, Grants and Travel Awards to encourage young physicians in careers and to promote innovative scientific research in IBD in Europe.

Fellowships are created for individuals younger than 40 years of age, who submit an original research project, which they wish to undertake abroad in a European host institute. The institute will host and guide the fellow for one year and is responsible together with the fellow for the successful completion of the project. Fellowship recipients are awarded a total amount of EUR 60,000.-

Grants are created to support good and innovative scientific, translational or clinical research in Europe. These are very similar to ECCO Fellowships, with the exception that the research is typically completed directly in the institution of the applicant. ECCO Grant recipients are awarded a total amount of EUR 80,000.-

Travel Awards give young investigators the opportunity to visit different IBD centres across Europe, to learn scientific techniques or be clinical observers. Travel award recipients are awarded a total amount of EUR 1,500.-.

The N-ECCO Travel Award has been introduced for one IBD Nurse member of ECCO who is sponsored to visit another European centre to observe nursing care. Observational learning is essential for development as an IBD Nurse and this is a fantastic opportunity to gain financial support to do so.

The Pioneer Award is our most prestigious award for visionary, innovative and interdisciplinary research in IBD. With a 2-year programme support this award is available for research in own institute (single-centric) or as collaboration (multi-centric). Research results will be presented at the annual ECCO Congress. ECCO Pioneer Award recipients are awarded a total amount of EUR 300,000.-

The N-ECCO Research Grant has been introduced for IBD Nurses to enhance the opportunity to be involved in international research projects across Europe. The aim is to engage IBD nurses who are less experienced in carrying out research, to conduct proper systematic research under mentorship of a senior researcher. The total amount of EUR 20,000.- can be given to one big project, or split between two smaller projects.

The D-ECCO Travel Award offers an opportunity for dietitians in IBD to visit different IBD Centres across Europe and to observe and learn about diet and nutrition in IBD. The award recipient will receive a total of EUR 1,500.-.

The D-ECCO Research Grant aims to enhance the opportunity for dietitians who have less experience in carrying out research, to conduct proper systematic research projects on an international level under mentorship of a senior researcher. The total amount of EUR 20,000.- can be given to one project.

The IIS Registry Grant is offered to promote innovative scientific research in the are of IBD in Europe, with a focus on research projects using a registry tool. A priority will be given to research projects including the use of the United Registries for Clinical Assessment and REsearch (UR-CARE). It is designed to support IBD Research conducted by international mulitcentre study groups. A total of EUR 40,000.- will be awarded per ECCO IIS Registry Grant.

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JCC – Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis is the official journal of ECCO and is concerned with the dissemination of knowledge on clinical, basic science, and innovative methods related to IBD. The journal publishes Original Articles, Review Articles, Editorials, Viewpoints, ECCO-originated papers, Short Reports, Abstracts and Letters to the Editor. JCC issues are published 12 times a year and cover the knowledge and science related to IBD: The aims are to update, innovate and challenge.
JCC has received an Impact Factor of 10.020 in 2021.

ECCO News is the society magazine of ECCO available online. The ambition of ECCO News is to reflect what’s going on within the organisation and to report on IBD activities at large within Europe.
With this periodical publication ECCO opens a new way to maintain the information-flow on the activities taking place within the society - keeping its members up-to-date as well as all gastroenterologists, surgeons, paediatricians, basic scientists and nurses worldwide interested in IBD.