Volume 15, Issue 2

Volume 15, Issue 2
30June2020

Letter from the ECCO President

Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet, ECCO President


Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet
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Dear ECCO IBD Community,

Dear ECCO Friends,

During the past three months of the COVID-19 pandemic ECCO has intensively and carefully analysed measures of how to safely steer our ECCO activities through the upcoming year. ECCO would like to share some important information with you:

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 15, Issue 2, Letters from the ECCO President

30June2020

Call for abstracts for the 16th Congress of ECCO

To submit an abstract for the 16th Congress of ECCO, use our ECCO Portal.

Please also view important information on the submission process and the guidelines for abstract submission.

Posted in ECCO News, Congress News, Volume 15, Issue 2, ECCO'21

30June2020

New SciCom members

Sebastian Zeissig, SciCom Chair


Sebastian Zeissig 
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During the ECCO’20 Vienna Congress, the Scientific Committee cordially welcomed Konstantinos Papamichail and Yves Panis as new members of SciCom.

Konstantinos Papamichail has been an ECCO Member since 2007 and has participated in several ECCO Activities, including the 7th ECCO Advanced Course and the ECCO ‘EXIT strategies’ Topical Review. He is a reviewer of the ECCO Grants and also a member of the editorial board of JCC. After completing his PhD in Pharmacology and his GI Fellowship in Greece, Kostas joined the Leuven IBD group as a post-doctoral researcher for 3 years and was also a recipient of an ECCO Fellowship. For the last 5 years he has been working at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where his research has focussed on the role of therapeutic drug monitoring of biologics in IBD. He is the author of numerous publications and his goal is to stimulate scientific interactions in the ECCO Community and beyond and to interact with the other ECCO Committees in order to promote and support national and international IBD research efforts towards the better care of patients with IBD.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, SciCom, Volume 15, Issue 2

30June2020

Report on the 8th SciCom Workshop at ECCO'20

Sebastian Zeissig, SciCom Chair

Michael Scharl
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Marc Ferrante
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Sebastian Zeissig
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Similarities and differences in the pathogenesis of immune-mediated inflammatory disorders 

This year’s SciCom Workshop focussed on common and distinct pathways in immune-mediated disorders and the application of this knowledge for early disease recognition and interception as well as for the treatment of established disease.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, SciCom, Congress News, Volume 15, Issue 2, ECCO'20

30June2020

Report from IIS Award Winner 2020: Toer Stevens

Toer Stevens, ECCO Member


Toer Stevens
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Reduced need for surgery and medical therapy after early ileocaecal resection for Crohn’s Disease:  Long-term follow-up of the LIR!C trial

The LIR!C trial was a randomised controlled trial conducted between 2008 and 2015. It included 143 patients with non-stricturing ileocaecal Crohn’s Disease (<40 cm) who failed conventional treatment.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 15, Issue 2, ClinCom

30June2020

Report from IIS Award Winner 2020: Myrthe Jongsma

Myrthe Jongsma, ECCO Member


Myrthe Jongsma
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Top-down infliximab is superior to step-up in children with moderate-to-severe Crohn’s Disease

In newly diagnosed paediatric patients with Crohn’s Disease (CD), rapid disease control is desirable, but this outcome is not always achieved with current treatment strategies [1]. Infliximab has been proven to be highly effective in paediatric CD patients [2], but its primary use is reserved for patients with perianal disease or a predicted severe disease course [3]. We investigated whether starting top-down infliximab immediately after diagnosis is more effective than conventional step-up treatment in achieving and sustaining remission in children with moderate to severe CD.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 15, Issue 2, ClinCom

30June2020

New EpiCom members

Naila Arebi, EpiCom Chair


Naila Arebi 
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"Out with the old, in with the new"

Change is the cornerstone of the innovation that drives science forward. Of many expressions that capture change, ‘out with the old, in with the new’ expresses well what occurs when the composition of committees alters. As members step down and new members take their place, fresh ideas and different perspectives are heard, leading to renewed enthusiasm that will drive the agenda for the future. Against this backdrop, EpiCom welcomes Sophie Restellini while bidding a sad farewell to Marieke Pierik.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 15, Issue 2, EpiCom

30June2020

A letter from the e-Learning Ambassador

Pascal Juillerat, e-Learning Ambassador

Pascal Juillerat 
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Dear ECCO Members,

I would like to thank my predecessor, Peter Irving, for championing the role of ECCO e-Learning Ambassador and now passing the baton on to me. I am honoured to take on this responsibility and thrilled to be able to reach out to you with the latest news regarding the e-CCO Learning Platform

Posted in ECCO News, EduCom, Volume 15, Issue 2

30June2020

Report on the “Refractory IBD” Topical Review Consensus Meeting

Tim Raine, GuiCom Member

Tim Raine 
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At the ECCO Congress 2020, 15 representatives from 11 countries gathered to discuss the ECCO GuiCom Topical Review on Refractory IBD. This project is being led by Tim Raine (United Kingdom) and Garret Cullen (Ireland). The aim of the project is to bring together evidence and recommendations on how to approach the patient with active Crohn’s Disease (CD) or Ulcerative Colitis (UC) who has not responded to all licensed treatment options.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 15, Issue 2, GuiCom

30June2020

Opportunities provided by the N-ECCO Research Grant

Petra Hartmann, N-ECCO Member


Petra Hartmann 

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ECCO offers Research Grants for IBD Nurses in order to promote innovative scientific research in the area of IBD Nursing across Europe. The N-ECCO Research Grant provides nurses with a great opportunity to gain economic support, and this year a total of EUR 20,000.- will be awarded.

The N-ECCO Research Grant aims to enhance the opportunities for IBD Nurses to become involved in international research projects across Europe. The goals are to enable IBD Nurses less experienced in research to engage in research activities, with mentoring by senior researchers; to promote IBD-related basic and clinical research; and to foster interaction and productive collaboration among European research groups working in the IBD field. 

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 15, Issue 2, N-ECCO

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