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

Ignacio Catalán-Serra
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Brigida Barberio
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Spyros Siakavellas
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Latest ECCO News Content


ECCO'23 - Preliminary Scientific and Educational Programme

The Educational Programme of the 18th Congress of ECCO starts prior to the official start of the ECCO Congress and courses take place from March, 1-3, 2023. These activities target ECCO’s different interest groups including young gastroenterologists, surgeons, paediatricians, pathologists, IBD Nurses, dietitians, allied health professionals and scientists.

An overview of these activities can be found below. Please note that courses/workshops may run concurrently. As these educational activities have a limited capacity, we encourage you to register at your earliest convenience. Please note the Educational activities take place only onsite in Copenhagen.

The Scientific Programme of the 18th Congress of ECCO provides attendees the unique opportunity to learn from the world’s leading specialists in the field of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Held from Thursday to Saturday, March, 2-4, 2023, the Scientific Programme is structured around basic science, translational medicine and clinical sessions. Additionally, it includes oral presentations of the 40 best abstracts of the Congress. The focus of all sessions is clinical practice founded on science with practical take home messages and, as every year, the congress registration fee includes access to all scientific sessions.

The Scientific Programme will be live transmitted at the time mentioned in the programme (CET). On-demand videos will be available to registered delegates until June 4, 2023.

ECCO’23 Theme: Sequencing in IBD

We look forward to welcoming you at the 18th Congress of ECCO in Copenhagen!

Posted in ECCO News, ECCO'23, Congress News, Volume 17, Issue 3


Letter from the ECCO President

Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet, ECCO President

Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet


Dear ECCO Friends,

Research and education are priorities in the ECCO Community. Autumn is a great time for exciting new ECCO events and is the perfect time to start planning your attendance at the ECCO’23 Congress in Copenhagen – where we finally meet again in person. After two years of online Congress meetings, ECCO’23 will be hopefully again face to face, providing great opportunities for networking with ‘old’ friends and establishing new links and collaborations.

Posted in ECCO News, Letters from the ECCO President, Volume 17, Issue 3


Meet the Reps: Belgium - Interview with Triana Lobatón

Ignacio Catalán-Serra, ECCO News Associate Editor

I. Catalán-Serra
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Dear ECCO friends and family,

It is our pleasure to introduce our conversation with the National Representative of Belgium at ECCO, Triana Lobatón.

Triana is originally from Spain, but is currently based in Gent. In this wide-range conversation, we cover different areas including an introduction to IBD care in Belgium and BIRD, the experience of living and working in a different country, research opportunities, the future of ECCO and IBD care in Europe and much more!

We hope you enjoy it!

Posted in ECCO News, Meet the Reps, Volume 17, Issue 2


Interview with Amy Ligthner

Nuha Yassin, ECCO News Associate Editor

Nuha Yassin

Dear ECCO friends and family,

We hope that you’ve been enjoying the glorious weather and catching up with your families and loved ones as we try to make up for some lost time. We are delighted to welcome new members to the ECCO family and would like to utilise the interview space to get to know them better. This interview is an exciting speed-date with Professor Amy Lightner, who has been a long-standing friend of ECCO and has recently joined the S-ECCO committee. Prof Lightner is a professor of colorectal surgery, inflammation and immunity and the director of the centre of regenerative medicine and surgery. She’s based at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. We hope you enjoy getting to know her through this interview. 

Best Wishes,

Nuha Yassin

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

ECCO News Associate Editor

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 17, Issue 2


Y-ECCO Interview Corner: Karen Edelblum

Robin Dart, Y-ECCO Member

Robin Dart
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Y-ECCO Interview Corner gives us the opportunity to gain insights into members of the IBD Community, what they do and how they got to where they are. For this edition, I caught up with Dr. Karen Edelblum , a scientist who has a unique and important perspective.

Karen Edelblum combines cell biology and mucosal immunology, with some stunning time-lapse microscopy. She aims to understand how we might harness immune–epithelial interactions in the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Having trained at Vanderbilt University and the University of Chicago, she is now assistant professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. We met (over an internet connection) to get her insights into IBD and the science that will move it on.

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


Y-ECCO Literature Review: Aaron S. Bancil

Aaron S. Bancil

Higher vs standard adalimumab induction dosing regimens and two maintenance strategies: Randomized SERENE CD trial results

D‘Haens GR, Sandborn WJ, Loftus Jr EV, et al.

Gastroenterology 2022 Feb 3; doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2022.01.044. Online ahead of print

Aaron S. Bancil
© Aaron S. Bancil


Traditionally, treatment of Crohn’s Disease (CD) has focused on symptomatic, clinical and corticosteroid-free remission. However, more recent studies have shown that endoscopic remission is associated with more favourable patient long-term outcomes [1, 2]. It has been hypothesised that more intense treatment regimens may increase the likelihood of endoscopic remission in CD patients. Previous studies (such as that performed by the DIAMOND study group) have indicated that adalimumab trough levels are higher in CD patients who achieve an endoscopic response and mucosal healing at weeks 26 and 52 [3]. Further to that, the personalised anti-TNF therapy in Crohn's Disease study (PANTS) demonstrated that low drug levels were predictive of anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) treatment failure [4].

Various methods of dose optimisation have been postulated, such as higher induction doses, therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) to guide dose optimisation during the maintenance phase or a clinically adjusted (CA) dose optimisation strategy.

Posted in ECCO News, Y-ECCO Literature Reviews, Committee News, Volume 17, Issue 2, Y-ECCO


Y-ECCO Literature Review: Charles Miller

Charles Miller

Decreased risk of treatment failure with vedolizumab and thiopurines combined compared with vedolizumab monotherapy in Crohn’s disease

Julien Kirchgesner, Rishi J. Desai, Maria C. Schneeweiss, Laurent Beaugerie, Sebastian Schneeweiss, Seoyoung C Kim

Gut 2022 Apr 6; doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2022-327002. Online ahead of print

Charles Miller
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Vedolizumab (VDZ) was the first biologic to be approved for Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Crohn’s Disease (CD) after the age of anti-tumour necrosis factor antagonists (anti-TNF). The role of thiopurines in combination with anti-TNFs in the management of IBD is well recognised. However, the role for combination of VDZ with thiopurines is uncertain [1, 2]. This study aimed to investigate the comparative effectiveness of VDZ in combination with a thiopurine versus VDZ monotherapy in the management of both UC and CD.

Posted in ECCO News, Y-ECCO Literature Reviews, Committee News, Volume 17, Issue 2, Y-ECCO


Y-ECCO Members’ Address

Charlotte Hedin, Y-ECCO Chair

Charlotte Hedin

Dear Y-ECCO Friends,

We are living through challenging times; the pandemic is evolving but is not yet over and conflict in Europe occupies all our minds. Many training programmes and research projects have had to be delayed or adapted over the last two years, but now that restrictions are less onerous much of our clinical and research work is back on track. I therefore hope that you all got your abstracts in to the UEG before the deadline at the end of April. Bear in mind also that the ECCO'23 abstract submission is open. We are looking forward to reading your contributions and selecting the best abstracts for the Y-ECCO Awards and the Basic Science Workshop.

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


New H-ECCO Member

Gert de Hertogh, H-ECCO Chair

Gert de Hertogh

The H-ECCO Committee is saying goodbye to Monika Tripathi and would like to thank her for all her work on behalf of the Committee in recent years.

At the same time, as chairman of the Committee, I am very happy to welcome our new member, Aart Mookhoek. Aart currently works as a pathologist at the Institute of Pathology, University of Bern, Switzerland. He is, however, Dutch originally, and developed his passion for gastrointestinal pathology during a residency and subsequent fellowship at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Aart and I trained together on histological scoring systems for disease activity in Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, and we participated in a research project on this topic.

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


New Committee Members in P-ECCO

Lissy de Ridder, P-ECCO Chair

Lissy de Ridder

As the new chair of the P-ECCO Committee, it is my pleasure to introduce two newly elected members of the Committee: Richard Hansen and Dror Shouval, two wonderful paediatric gastroenterologists from Scotland and Israel, respectively. Both are very active in the paediatric IBD field and they bring a wealth of expertise and energy to our group.

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