ECCO Country Member Profiles: Denmark
Jørn Brynskov and Signe Wildt, ECCO National Representatives, 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
What has changed since your society became an ECCO Country Member?
Many Danish gastroenterologists participate in ECCO Events and Danish clinicians and researchers are active on ECCO Committees and take part in ECCO-initiated research activities and projects..
What are the benefits to you of being an ECCO Country Member?
Participation in educational events organised by ECCO and networking regarding science.
Is your society making use of the ECCO Guidelines?
Yes. The Guidelines are used in the daily work at hospitals and are cited in many of our national guidelines.
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? Yes
• Have you developed educational activities with other countries through your ECCO Country Membership?
Copenhagen has hosted two ECCO Congresses.
What are your main areas of research interest?
Patient-reported outcomes in IBD
Cell biology and immune pathogenesis
Therapeutic drug monitoring
Does your centre or country have a common IBD database or bio bank?
A national database covering patients treated with biologics has been established.
What are your aims for the future?
We will try to further develop the national Danish interest group covering IBD.
How do you see ECCO helping you to fulfil these aims?
Inspiring discussions and inputs from members of national groups in other ECCO Member Countries
What do you use ECCO for? Networking, congresses, scientific collaboration and guidelines How do you use the things/services that ECCO has to offer?
Participation in congresses, meetings, and educational events; use of website solutions