ECCO Country Member Profiles: Cyprus

Ioannis Kaimakliotis, Theodora Demetriou, Anastasia Nicolaou, ECCO National Representatives, Cyprus

Cyprus   Cyprus

Name of group: Cyprus Gastroenterology Society
Number of active members: 45
Number of meetings per year: 12
President: Andreas Evgeniou
Secretary: Adamos Saveriades
National Representatives: Ioannis Kaimakliotis, Theodora Demetriou and Anastasia Nicolaou
Joined ECCO in:  2007
Incidence of IBD in the country (if available): 
31/100,000 (approximation, not based on Ministry of Health epidemiological report, which is pending)

What has changed since your society became an ECCO Country Member?
We have encouraged our fellow gastroenterologists to attend ECCO Meetings and to become aware of guidelines. We continue to encourage them to become ECCO Members.

What are the benefits to you of being an ECCO Country Member?
Meeting senior consultants from Europe and comparing our practice with that in other countries in order to improve IBD care in Cyprus.

Have you developed links with other countries through your ECCO Country Membership? 

  • Have you developed research projects with other countries through your ECCO Country Membership? 
    We have been in contact with colleagues in Malta and Greece. Ioannis Kaimakliotis is active in the EpiCom group. 
  • Have you developed educational activities with other countries through your ECCO Country Membership?
    No, but we have been approached by our Greek IBD colleagues, who are willing to contribute to nurse training in the Greek language.
  • Has your country been involved in a fellow exchange through ECCO?
    No, as our country does not yet have fellows in Gastroenterology.

What are your main areas of research interest?
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

What are your most prestigious/interesting past and ongoing projects?
Nutrition in IBD

Which ECCO Projects/Activities is the group in? 
We have been involved in the ECCO IBD Nurse Education lectures.

What are your aims for the future? 
We would like to host an ECCO Workshop in Cyprus and participate in European studies.

How do you see ECCO helping you to fulfil these aims? 
Via participation in ECCO UR-CARE.

What do you use ECCO for? Network? Congress? How do you use the things/services that ECCO has to offer?
For keeping up to date with guidelines and studies to improve everyday practice as well as to educate other members of our society at local meetings

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Ioannis Kaimakliotis, Theodora Demetriou, Andreas Evgeniou, Adamos Saverides

Posted in ECCO News, ECCO Country Member Profiles, Volume 13, Issue 2