Name of group: IBD Society
Number of active members: 40
Number of meetings per year: 2
President: Yehuda Chowers
Secretary: Eran Israeli
National Representatives: Matti Waterman and Henit Yanai
Joined ECCO in: 2006
Incidence of IBD in the country (if available): 27/100,000
What has changed since your society became an ECCO Country Member?
What are the benefits to you of being an ECCO Country Member?
Is your society making use of the ECCO Guidelines?
Yes, many of the ECCO Guidelines have been translated into Hebrew and are often quoted during clinical discussions over the country.
Have you developed links with other countries through your ECCO Country Membership?
Yes, strong ties have been formed with many medical centres and ECCO Members all over Europe.
What are your main areas of research interest?
Clinical and epidemiology, health service utility, cancer, pharmacology, response to medications, genetics, mucosal immunology, and personlaised medicine in IBD.
Does your centre or country have a common IBD database or bio bank?
Efforts to initiate a national DB for medical records are ongoing but are not yet available mainly due to patients ‘database protection.
What are your most prestigious/interesting past and ongoing projects?
As we do not want to make judgment on any specific IBD research project in Israel, we cannot pick any specific project. However, projects that use the special profile of Israeli multicultural and ethnically heterogeneous society have driven very interesting studies, focusing on the interaction between genetics environment and immunology.
Which ECCO Projects/Activities is the group in?
What are your aims for the future?
Israel is hoping to implement a national IBD DB, regrouping all IBD centres in the country. The main goal is to improve patients’ care and establish more research collaborations with European.
How do you see ECCO helping you to fulfil these aims?
ECCO has been a wonderful platform for international collaboration. We hope to use ECCO resources in order to adapt a function research national DB.
What do you use ECCO for? Network? Congress? How do you use the things/services that ECCO has to offer?
Israeli IBD physicians use ECCO resources in order to learn and to periodically update in modern IBD care (cutting edge). Extensive networking through ECCO has allowed research collaboration initiatives. Finally, many of the Israeli young fellows have been extensively educated about IBD by participating to the EduCom activities and later became active experts in their home medical centres.
© Matti Waterman