ECCO Country Member Profiles
30June2020

ECCO Country Member Profiles: Romania

  Romania

Name of group: Romanian Crohn’s and Colitis Club (RCCC)

Number of active members: 147

Number of meetings per year: 2: one at the National Congress of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and one at the National Symposium of IBD

President and Secretary: Daniela Dobru (President), Maria Ciocirlan (Secretary)

National Representatives:  Mircea Diculescu, Adrian Goldis

Joined ECCO in: 2007

Incidence of IBD in the country: approx. 100/100,000 inhabitants (UC:CD approx. 60:40)

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 15, Issue 2, ECCO Country Member Profiles

30June2020

ECCO Country Member Profiles: Finland


Tuire Ilus
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Clas-Göran af Björkesten
© Clas-Göran af Björkesten

  Finland

Name of group: IBD section of the Finnish Society of Gastroenterology

Number of active members: The Finnish Society of Gastroenterology has 540 members. The IBD section has 30 registered active members.

Number of meetings per year: 2–3

President and Secretary: The Finnish Society of Gastroenterology: Johanna Louhimo (president). The IBD section: Pauliina Molander (president) and Clas-Göran af Björkesten (secretary)

National Representatives: Tuire Ilus and Clas-Göran af Björkesten

Joined ECCO in: 2004

Incidence of IBD in the country: The incidence of IBD in Finland is one of the highest in the world and there has been a significant increase in this incidence during the past 20 years. UC is more common than CD. IBD incidence is 42/100,000 persons per year (UC 31/100,000 and CD 11/100,000).

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 15, Issue 2, ECCO Country Member Profiles

12March2020

ECCO Country Member Profiles: Spain

  Spain

Name of group: GETECCU (Spanish IBD Group)

Number of active members: 985

Number of meetings per year: We celebrate one national meeting a year with more than 400 attendees and three annual meetings for residents. We also have a meeting for nurses and a Young GETECCU meeting per year.

President and Secretary: Manuel Barreiro de Acosta and Yamile Zabana Abdo

National Representatives:  Manuel Barreiro de Acosta (President) and Ana Gutierrez Casbas (Vice President)

Joined ECCO in:Manuel Barreiro in 2008 and Ana Gutiérrez in 2019

Incidence of IBD in the country: 16 cases/100.000 persons-years, 7.5 for Crohn´s disease, 8 for Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and 0.5 for unclassified IBD. These data come from our nationwide epidemiologic Spanish Study, EpidemIBD.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 15, Issue 1, ECCO Country Member Profiles

12March2020

ECCO Country Member Profiles: Estonia

  Estonia

Name of group: Estonian Society of Gastroenterology

Number of active members: 76

Number of meetings per year: 1

President and Secretary: Riina Salupere, Benno Margus

National Representatives: Karin Kull, Hendrik Laja

Joined ECCO in: 2014

Incidence of IBD in the country: 10,3 (2010)

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 15, Issue 1, ECCO Country Member Profiles

17December2019

ECCO Country Member Profiles: Germany

Dominik Bettenworth and Raja Atreya, ECCO National Representatives, Germany

Dominik Bettenworth 
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Raja Atreya
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Germany

  Germany

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

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 4, ECCO Country Member Profiles

17December2019

ECCO Country Member Profiles: Ireland

Catherine Walsh, N-ECCO National Representative, Ireland

Catherine Walsh
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  Ireland

Name of group: The IBD section of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG).
Number of active members: 60
Number of meetings per year: 2
President and Secretary: 
Emma Anderson, Chairperson
Aine Keogh, Secretary
Joanne Rae, Assistant Secretary 

National Representatives: Aine Keogh and Cathy Walsh
Joined ECCO in: 2004
Incidence of IBD in the country: Approx. 35,000

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 4, ECCO Country Member Profiles

11October2019

Interview with N-ECCO National Representative Belgium

BelgiumEveline Hoefkens
© Eveline Hoefkens

Belgium   Belgium

N-ECCO National Representative:
Eveline Hoefkens
Job Title:
 IBD Nurse

 


 

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

By being a national representative, you are actively involved in N-ECCO meetings. The yearly national representatives meeting at the ECCO congress is the ideal place to expand your network. You interact with IBD nurses from other countries and share experiences. It is a great opportunity to create an international network. 

Posted in ECCO News, ECCO Country Member Profiles, Volume 14, Issue 3, N-ECCO

11October2019

Interview with N-ECCO National Representative Croatia

CroatiaNensi Lusičić 
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Croatia Vesna OrozVesna Oroz
© Vesna Oroz

Croatia   Croatia

N-ECCO National Representative:
Nensi Lusičić
Job Title:
 IBD Nurse

 


 

What influenced your decision to apply for the role of N-ECCO National Representative for your country?
Opportunity to become more involved in IBD.

Posted in ECCO News, ECCO Country Member Profiles, Volume 14, Issue 3, N-ECCO

11October2019

ECCO Country Member Profiles: United Kingdom

Ian Arnott and Tariq Ahmad, ECCO National Representatives, United Kingdom

Tariq Ahmad
Tariq Ahmad 
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UK Arnott Ian
Ian Arnott
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United Kingdom

  United Kingdom

Name of group: The IBD section of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG).
Number of active members: Approx. The IBD section is the largest section of the BSG and has 997 members including physicians, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, scientists, nurses, dietitians, and others interested in IBD. The IBD section committee includes nurse, trainee and patient group membership.
Number of meetings per year: The BSG holds an annual national meeting in June with two or three IBD symposia. In addition, the BSG supports or endorses numerous regional gut clubs and network meetings across the UK each year. Many of these are focused on IBD. The IBD section includes the IBD clinical research group which leads research activity across the UK.
This group holds an annual meeting every November to which all investigators are invited. In 2018, 120 delegates attended, including physicians, research nurses and research co-ordinators. 
President and Secretary: BSG president – Cathryn Edwards BSG secretary - Adrian Stanley Chairman, IBD section of the BSG – Ian Arnott Chairman of IBD clinical research group – Charlie Lees
National Representatives: Tariq Ahmad, Exeter and Ian Arnott, Edinburgh. Lynn Gray, Wirral University Hospital and Catherine Stansfield, Salford Royal are the UK representatives of N-ECCO. 
Joined ECCO in: 2003
Incidence of IBD in the country: Recent data from Scotland reveal incidence rates for UC, CD and IBDU of 19.8, 13.6 and 5.4 per 100,000 respectively (Jones GR Gut 2019)

Posted in ECCO News, ECCO Country Member Profiles, Volume 14, Issue 3

11October2019

ECCO Country Member Profiles: Denmark

Jørn Brynskov and Signe Wildt, ECCO National Representatives, Denmark

Denmark

  Denmark

Name of group: There is an interest group for IBD, but gastroenterologists with an interest in IBD are organised in “Dansk Selskab for Gastroenterologi og Hepatologi” (DSGH), which is our national society of gastroenterology and hepatology.
Number of active members: Approx. 750 members of DSGH
Number of meetings per year: There is one annual meeting lasting 2 days. In addition, a number of minor meetings are held throughout the year, one or two of which have an IBD focus. 
President and Secretary: President: Ebbe Langholz, Department of Gastroenterology, Herlev-Gentofte University Hospital Secretary: Annette Dam Fialla, Department of Gastroenterology, Odense University Hospital
National Representatives: Jørn Brynskov, Department of Gastroenterology, Herlev-Gentofte University Hospital Signe Wildt, Department of Gastroenterology, Køge University Hospital
Joined ECCO in: Denmark has been a member of ECCO since 2004
Incidence of IBD in the country: Crohn´s disease:10/100,000    Ulcerative colitis: 15/100,000

Posted in ECCO News, ECCO Country Member Profiles, Volume 14, Issue 3

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