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


Report on the 4th School for Clinical Trialists at ECCO'21

Laurent Beaugerie, ClinCom Member

Laurent Beaugerie

This year’s 4th School for Clinical Trialists, organised by the ECCO Clinical Research Committee (ClinCom), offered an excellent opportunity to review all the key points of the balance between expected efficacy and potential risks of IBD drugs, in the contexts of both clinical trials and routine care.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, ClinCom, ECCO'21, Volume 16, Issue 3


ECCO Multi-Year Research Grant Synopsis: Konrad Aden & Bram Verstockt

Konrad Aden and Bram Verstockt, ECCO Multi-Year Research Grant Awardees

JAK-STAT-driven immunometabolism as a novel principle in the pathophysiology of Ulcerative Colitis

Konrad Aden
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Bram Verstockt

Janus kinase (JAK) inhibition is a novel therapeutic approach in the management of Ulcerative Colitis (UC). However, the role of JAK inhibition with respect to cell-specific immunometabolic properties is not known.

The overall aim of this multi-year research proposal is to generate deeper understanding of the interplay of JAK inhibition and immunometabolic properties in the intestinal mucosa at a cellular level and thereby to open up new avenues in biomarker development and novel targeted interventions in UC. This aim is being pursued by (i) identifying immunometabolomic signatures of JAK inhibition in UC patients using multi-omics analysis of longitudinal therapy response cohorts and (ii) modelling the impact of two metabolic principles, namely amino acide (e.g. tryptophan) and short-chain fatty acids (e.g. butyrate), on the efficacy of JAK inhibition in ex vivo organisms.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, SciCom, Fellowships & Grants Synopsis Reports, Volume 16, Issue 3


Report on the 9th SciCom Workshop at ECCO'21

Yves Panis, SciCom Member

Yves Panis

Precision medicine in IBD 

The ninth edition of the SciCom Workshop, held during the 16th Congress of ECCO, was dedicated to recent advances in "Precision medicine in IBD", covering different aspects from disease prevention to prediction of disease course and therapeutic responses and potential strategies for disease cure.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, SciCom, Congress News, ECCO'21, Volume 16, Issue 3


ECCO'22 - Preliminary Scientific and Educational Programme

The Educational Programme of the 17th Congress of ECCO starts prior to the official start of the ECCO Congress and courses take place from February 16-18, 2022. 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.

The Scientific Programme of the 17th 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, February 17-19, 2022, 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.

ECCO’22 Theme: Navigating the oceans of IBD

We look forward to welcoming you at the 17th Congress of ECCO in Vienna!

Posted in ECCO News, Congress News, ECCO'22, Volume 16, Issue 3


ECCO News Editors’ Summary of the top 10 DOPs at ECCO'21 Virtual

Ignacio Catalán-Serra and Nuha Yassin, ECCO News Associate Editors

Ignacio Catalán-Serra
© Ignacio Catalán-Serra

Nuha Yassin 

Dear ECCO friends,

First, we would like to thank you all for making the 16th Congress of ECCO Virtual a great success.

The Virtual Congress Platform worked very efficiently, allowing top-quality online scientific sessions with lots of interaction and discussions and the participation of a very high number of ECCO Members from all over the world. Our Scientific Programme this year was centered around the topic “IBD Precise”, highlighting new advances in pathogenesis, diagnostics and novel therapies that are enabling progress towards customised treatment for IBD patients.

Luckily, the current situation is allowing the ECCO Office Team to make the necessary preparations to hold the upcoming 17th Congress of ECCO on-site in Vienna in February 2022. There, the usual high-quality scientific and educational content will be complemented by a fantastic social and networking programme.

For your convenience, below we provide summaries of the top 10 winning Digital Oral Presentations (DOP) from the 16th Congress.

We wish you a great return from your holidays and look forward to meeting you in person in Vienna!

Best wishes,

Ignacio and Nuha

Posted in ECCO News, Congress News, ECCO'21, Volume 16, Issue 3


The 16th Congress of ECCO in numbers

6,798 delegates attended the 16th Congress of ECCO Virtual

The 16th Congress of ECCO Virtual – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 2021, held on July 2-3 & 8-10, 2021, attracted a total number of 6,798 delegates from 104 different countries. Since the inaugural ECCO Congress in 2006 in Amsterdam, at which there were 350 delegates, participant numbers have steadily increased, as shown in the graph below. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak in the beginning of 2020, we are happy that this high number of delegates had the chance to participate in the ECCO’21 Virtual Congress.

ECCO Congress participation 2006-2021 © ECCO

Posted in ECCO News, Congress News, ECCO'21, Volume 16, Issue 3


Letter from the ECCO President

Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet, ECCO President

Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet


Dear ECCO Family,

I hope you had a wonderful summertime and could escape the pandemic for a few days. First of all, I would like to thank everybody who attended ECCO’21 Virtual - we had a stunning 6,798 participants from 104 countries. Thanks to your unconditional support, the ECCO Congress is Europe’s most important event in the field of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. With 828 accepted abstracts, ECCO’21 once again presented the latest in science.

Posted in ECCO News, Letters from the ECCO President, Volume 16, Issue 3


Open Call for the UR-CARE Steering Committee (- the official Advisory Board of IBDIM)

Filip Baert, Britta Siegmund, Ebbe Langholz and Javier Gisbert

We hereby cordially invite you to consider applying for the 4 open positions on the UR-CARE Steering Committee (= the official IBDIM Advisory Board). The office period lasts for 2 “elect Member years” and 4 official years, starting with the calendar year 2022.

This call is open for applications by individual experts, who are supported by one of the ECCO Committees. The applicant serves as an individual expert and not in direct representation of the committee.

The application deadline is September 13, 2021.

Posted in ECCO News, UR-CARE News, Volume 16, Issue 2


Interview with N-ECCO National Representative Denmark


N-ECCO National Representative:
Anne Hindhede
Job Title: 
IBD Nurse


What influenced your decision to apply for the role of N-ECCO National Representative for your country?

I was working in IBD and I thought that it was important to improve the level of information and good clinical practice of my Danish colleagues. Also, Else Mikkelsen and Palle Bager asked me to join them.

What IBD nursing initiatives, N-ECCO network opportunities or developments in IBD care are happening in your country?

Else and I translated the N-ECCO Consensus Statements into Danish, which will help many nurses who do not read or speak English. I am Chair of the National Association for Gastroenterology Nurses; we have a yearly two-day meeting and one full day is dedicated to IBD. Unfortunately our meeting in 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 16, Issue 2, N-ECCO


ECCO Country Member Profiles: Portugal

Ana Isabel Vieira and Isadora Rosa
© GEDII (Grupo de Estudos em Doença Inflamatória Intestinal/Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study Group)


Name of group: GEDII (Grupo de Estudos em Doença Inflamatória Intestinal/Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study Group).

Number of active members: 275  

Number of meetings per year: One annual main meeting plus one or two thematic meetings/postgraduate courses.

Name of president and secretary: Luís Correia (President), Paula Ministro (Secretary)

National Representatives: Ana Isabel Vieira and Isadora Rosa

Joined ECCO in: 2003

Incidence of IBD in the country: 12 per 100,000 inhabitants

Posted in ECCO News, ECCO Country Member Profiles, Volume 16, Issue 2