ECCO News

ECCO News keeps ECCO Members up-to-date on what is going on within the organisation and reports on IBD activities taking place within Europe. Since Spring 2006, ECCO News has maintained the flow of information between Members of the organisation. 

ECCO News is an important part of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation’s ambition to create a European standard of IBD care and to promote knowledge and research in the field of IBD. ECCO Members automatically receive this publication four times a year. 

Editor & Associate Editors

Alessandro Armuzzi
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Nuha Yassin
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Ignacio Catalán-Serra
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Brigida Barberio
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Spyros Siakavellas
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Latest ECCO News Content


15June2022

2nd cycle of the IBD Nurse Education Programme and the role of the IBD Nurse

Wladzia Czuber-Dochan, N-ECCO Chair and Simona Radice, N-ECCO Member

Wladzia Czuber-Dochan
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Simona Radice
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We are delighted to announce that this year we will run the 2nd cycle of the IBD Nurse Education Programme. The programme will take place in Hungary, and we are currently at the exciting stage of recruiting and selecting nurses to the programme. The primary aim of the programme is to increase the skills, knowledge and competences of nurses who are new to IBD and to help them in their role of delivering high-quality care to patients.  

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 17, Issue 2, N-ECCO

15June2022

New GuiCom Members

Michel Adamina & Javier Gisbert, GuiCom Members

Michel Adamina
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Javier Gisbert
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The ECCO Guidelines Committee (GuiCom) is welcoming two new committee members. Both are already well known in the ECCO Family. Michel Adamina was the former chair of S-ECCO and Javier Gisbert was ClinCom member in the past.  

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 17, Issue 2, GuiCom

15June2022

Report on the 68th ECCO Educational Workshop, Cascais, Portugal

YoungGEDII - Paula Sousa, Joana Roseira, Maria Manuela Estevinho & Sónia Bernardo


Young GEDII
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The 68th ECCO Educational Workshop took place at the Hotel Cascais Miragem on April 6, 2022, in Cascais, Portugal. This event - the first ECCO live meeting since the COVID 19 pandamic - brought together more than 120 participants and was the perfect launch to GEDII’s Annual Meeting, which began on the following day. The workshop featured interactive discussion on various clinical scenarios and hot topics in IBD.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, EduCom, Volume 17, Issue 2

15June2022

Call for 2023 ECCO Educational Workshop Destinations



The primary goal of the Educational Workshops organised by the ECCO Education Committee is to harmonise IBD practices within ECCO Country Members by presenting the practical use of the ECCO Guidelines on Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, EduCom, Volume 17, Issue 2

15June2022

A letter from the e-Learning Ambassador

Pascal Juillerat, e-Learning Ambassador

Pascal Juillerat 
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Dear ECCO Members,

I hope all of you were able to enjoy the short Easter break with your families and loved ones.

I also hope that you enjoyed the exciting scientific and educational programmes at the ECCO’22 Congress back in February. In case you missed or would like to re-watch some of the content, you can find all the recordings on our e-Library. Please note that access to this service and all of our wonderful content requires an up-to-date ECCO Membership.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, EduCom, Volume 17, Issue 2

15June2022

Genetics of IBD: the most relevant Genetics abstracts at ECCO’22

Behrooz Z. Alizadeh, EpiCom Member


Behrooz Z. Alizadeh
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A total of ten abstracts focusing on IBD genetics were accepted for presentation at the 17th Congress of ECCO. Four abstracts were presented in the scientific programme (OP) and two in digital oral presentation (DOP) sessions. The remaining four abstracts were presented as posters (eP). I describe here the most interesting findings from different domains of genetics in IBD.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 17, Issue 2, ECCO'22, EpiCom

15June2022

Epidemiology of IBD: the most relevant epidemiological abstracts at ECCO’22

Behrooz Z. Alizadeh, EpiCom Member


Behrooz Z. Alizadeh
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A total of 72 abstracts focusing on IBD epidemiology were accepted for presentation at the 17th Congress of ECCO. Among the best abstracts, seven were presented in digital oral presentation (DOP) sessions. The remaining 65 abstracts were presented as posters. Below, I summarise the most interesting studies, covering various fields in the epidemiology of IBD.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 17, Issue 2, ECCO'22, EpiCom

15June2022

Report from IIS Award Winner 2022: Dan Turner

Dan Turner, ECCO Member


Dan Turner
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Academia can generate high-quality paediatric data during off-label use of drugs: the example of the prospective multicentre VEDOKIDS study

Remarkably, of the numerous biologics approved in adults with IBD, only infliximab and adalimumab have been approved in children. The long delay between approval of new drugs in adults versus children leads to their extensive off-label use, in the absence of appropriate dosing and safety data. Prospective paediatric data regarding vedolizumab are limited to a small phase 2 study (n=88; HUBBLE trial) focusing on pharmacokinetics. A paediatric phase 3 trial is underway but its completion is long overdue, also since vedolizumab is easily accessible in most countries without the constraints of study protocols. With that challenge in mind, once vedolizumab received approval in adults we initiated a prospective cohort study to explore the effectiveness, dosing and safety of vedolizumab in children. The VEDOKIDS study was sponsored by ECCO, The Paediatric Porto group of ESPGHAN and Takeda. Explicit demographic, clinical and safety data were prospectively recorded, and serum was collected for drug levels and stool for faecal calprotectin.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 17, Issue 2, ClinCom, ECCO'22

15June2022

Report from IIS Award Winner 2022: Edouard Louis

Edouard Louis, ECCO Member


Edouard Louis
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The SPARE clinical trial

A treat-to-target strategy and tight disease control may improve outcome in Crohn’s Disease (CD). However, this approach may necessitate long-term use of biological agents and immunosuppression. Combination therapy with anti-TNF and antimetabolite agents is now well established in this context. These drugs may be associated with long-term risks and elevated costs. It is important to establish whether treatment de-escalation, once deep remission has been achieved, is feasible and whether this strategy may improve safety profile and costs without jeopardising disease control.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 17, Issue 2, ClinCom, ECCO'22

15June2022

I-CARE: An imminent European success story in the field of IBD

Laurent Beaugerie, ClinCom Member


Laurent Beaugerie
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The efficacy profile of IBD drugs is rapidly characterised by pivotal randomised controlled trials, but the safety profile of both old and new IBD drugs can only be established after years or decades of post-approval use. This is particularly true for relatively rare events, such as immunosuppression-related cancers. Clinical trials, meta-analyses and safety-dedicated registries are in general underpowered to evaluate the impact of IBD therapies on the risk of development of particular cancers. Data on clinical activity and phenotype of IBD are missing from nationwide administrative health databases, making it impossible to distinguish between the respective effects of IBD drugs and IBD activity on the risk of outcomes of particular interest, such as lymphomas.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 17, Issue 2, ClinCom

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