© Dominik Bettenworth
© Raja Atreya
Name of group: The “Competence Network IBD (Kompetenznetz Darmerkrankungen)” is the interest group that oversees IBD-related activities in Germany. It incorporates the German IBD Study Group (GISG), which conducts collaborative IBD studies in Germany, the “German work group for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (DACED), which is the IBD research organisation, the WG Bildgebung, which focusses on imaging-related projects, and the WG Zöliakie, which concentrates on coeliac disease. The “Competence Network IBD” also collaborates with diverse other groups (e.g. FA-CED, which represents IBD study nurses).
Number of active members: The Competence Network IBD comprises more than 700 members while the GISG has more than 170 members. There are 226 ECCO Members in Germany.
Number of meetings per year: There is one annual meeting of the Competence Network IBD that takes place during the yearly meeting of the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases.
President and Secretary: The current chairperson of the Competence Network IBD is Bernd Bokemeyer (Minden).
National Representatives: Raja Atreya, Erlangen and Dominik Bettenworth, Münster.
Joined ECCO in: Germany has been a proud member of ECCO since 2004.
Incidence of IBD in the country: 3–3.9/100,000 in Ulcerative Colitis and 6.6/100,000 in Crohn’s Disease