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. 


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S-ECCO Session at the Mexican College of Colorectal Surgery Congress

Paulo Kotze, S-ECCO Member

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Cancun, Mexico, August 2017

This S-ECCO session took place in the beautiful city of Cancun, on August 14, 2017, during the Mexican Congress of Colorectal Surgery. A significant part of the first day of the congress, within the main hall, was devoted to interesting medical and surgical IBD topics as part of the main core programme.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, S-ECCO, Volume 12, Issue 4


The ECCO IBD Nurse Education Programme

Palle Bager, N-ECCO Chair

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The overarching aim of ECCO is to improve the care of patients with IBD in all its aspects through international guidelines for practice, education, research and collaboration in the area of IBD. For several years, ECCO has been exploring ways to increase nurse education opportunities throughout Europe. In addition to the three nursing Educational Activities that are offered at the ECCO Congress each year, ECCO will start a brand new IBD Nurse Education Programme in 2018. This programme is being developed collaboratively by N-ECCO and the ECCO Education Committee.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, N-ECCO, Volume 12, Issue 4


Statements for the new ECCO-ESGAR Diagnostic IBD Guideline finalised

Christian Maaser, GuiCom Chair

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GuiCom, together with various ECCO Members, is constantly working to bring the ECCO Guidelines up to date, thereby helping IBD physicians to treat their patients. The most recent project, the Diagnostic IBD Guideline, will set out what to do for the following purposes: initial diagnosis, evaluation of treatment response, assessment of the asymptomatic patient, clarification of postoperative situations and investigation of suspected complications. In addition, one chapter will deal with the various scoring systems and another with the technical details of the different methods.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, GuiCom, Volume 12, Issue 4


Update on Non-progressive CD Project

Marieke Pierik, EpiCom Member

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The Epidemiological Committee (EpiCom) of ECCO promotes epidemiological research within the field of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) across Europe. Population-based cohort studies on disease course and prognosis are of great interest for IBD epidemiology since in these cohorts a sample or all of the cases in a defined population are selected for longitudinal assessment of exposure–outcome relationships. 

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, EpiCom, Volume 12, Issue 4


The ClinCom Workshop at ECCO'18

Marc Ferrante, ClinCom Chair

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Following the success of the previous workshops, the Clinical Research Committee (ClinCom) of ECCO will run a sixth workshop in 2018.

During past years, endpoints in clinical trials for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) have evolved substantially. Initially we mainly aimed for clinical remission, but it has become obvious that this is certainly insufficient to alter the natural history of the disease.

Posted in ECCO News, ECCO'18, Committee News, ClinCom, Volume 12, Issue 4


55th ECCO Educational Workshop in Krakow, Poland

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December 8, 2017

The 55th ECCO Educational workshop was held in Krakow, Poland on December 8, 2017. The faculty included Patrick Van Rheenen (The Netherlands), Gábor Veres (Hungary), and Maciej Dadalski, Jarosław Kierkuś, Edyta Zagorowicz, Małgorzata Sladek, Edyta Szymanska, and Piotr Socha from the Poland.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, EduCom, Volume 12, Issue 4


54th ECCO Educational Workshop in Cardiff, United Kingdom

Barney Hawthorne, UK National Representative

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November 17, 2017

The 54th ECCO regional workshop was held in Cardiff on November 17, and it was a pleasure to welcome ECCO to the capital city of Wales, to a day of sunshine. The meeting followed on from a highly successful one day IBD Clinical Research Group meeting organised by the British Society of Gastroenterology, also held in Cardiff on the preceding day.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, EduCom, Volume 12, Issue 4


53rd ECCO Educational Workshop in Bucharest, Romania

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September 28, 2017

The 53rd ECCO Educational Workshop was held in Bucharest, Romania on September 28, 2017.  The faculty comprised Giovanni Maconi (Italy) and Marc Ferrante (Belgium), as well as Liana Simona Gheorghe, Alexandru Lupu, Roxana Zaharie and Dan Ionut Gheonea from Romania.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, EduCom, Volume 12, Issue 4


52nd ECCO Educational Workshop in Kaunas, Lithuania

Antonio López Sanromán, EduCom Member

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September 15, 2017

The ECCO Workshop in Lithuania was organised in the quiet and beautiful city of Kaunas. Philip Hendy, from London, and Antonio López-Sanromán, from Madrid and an EduCom Officer, joined the local faculty (Limas Kupcinkas, Gediminas Giudelis and Laimas Jonaitis). 

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, EduCom, Volume 12, Issue 4


Fecal Transplantation Using a Novel Conditioning Method for Donor and Recipient in Mild to Moderate Treatment Refractory Colitis in IBD

Arie Levine, ECCO Grant Winner

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Fecal microbial transplantation (FMT) is an exciting and evolving methodology to transform the microbiota in microbiota-related diseases. The rationale behind FMT is "transfer of a healthy microbiota" from a donor to a patient with IBD, leading to a change in recipient microbiota towards that of a healthy donor. However, current methods are simplistic. Random healthy donors do not necessarily have an appropriate microbiota, and transferred microbiota may not colonise the recipient’s gut. Diet can rapidly degrade certain taxa or increase others, such that if the recipient diet is not appropriate, donor microbiota expansion may not occur or functionality may be impaired.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, SciCom, Volume 12, Issue 4