I am delighted to welcome you to ECCO 2016 here in the beautiful city of Amsterdam!
This is already the 11th Congress of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation. The ECCO Congress is still growing and over 5,000 delegates bring challenges to the available destinations. It is nevertheless a vision to continue visiting di erent cities in Europe. For now, I hope that Amsterdam is a much welcomed alternative to our previous destinations!
Amsterdam, the city of one million bicycles, but also city of Rembrandt, city of as many as 165 canals and city of Heineken Beer and this week the city of ECCO 2016!
The Organising Committee has painted again a colourful programme for you. Our aims remain to advance the understanding of the causes of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, to share and discuss top-line results of therapeutic agents and algorithms, to stimulate and promote the implementation of guidelines, to ultimately further improve patient care.
The theme of this congress is “IBD innovations driving clinical decisions”. Indeed, cell therapies and genetic testing are increasingly being implemented, and a wider variety of drugs leads to personalised medicine being a necessity. Patient safety remains the main focus in our sessions on bugs and drugs, viruses and perioperative management of patients. Amsterdam is the cradle of liberalism which invites us to challenge dogmas and look critically at our current management.
The whole picture is made even more colourful by the many original oral and poster presentations. This year, we are again very proud to present top-line results from large randomised controlled trials for the rst time!
Besides the core programme, we always o er education for everybody: Our IBD specialists of the future, our IBD nurses and our colleagues from industry.
We hope you enjoy Amsterdam and I personally hope to see and greet you to foster friendship. On behalf of the whole ECCO Team I therefore extend a warm and colourful welcome to all of you!
ECCO President & Chair of Organising Committee