Congratulations to the IBD team at St Mark’s Hospital for their contribution to the annual European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation Congress that took place in Amsterdam. This is a prestigious meeting of over 6000 delegates that is now in its 11th year.
The team presented 18 posters and abstracts of their work. Particular congratulations to Dr Ryan Choi, who presented in the plenary session and was awarded “Best Abstract” for his work on “Risk factors for colorectal neoplasia in ulcerative colitis: results from the largest and longest running colonoscopic surveillance programme”. Also congratulations to Dr Jon Nik Ding who presented his paper in the plenary session on “Escalation of medical therapy decreases need for repeat dilatation in Crohn’s anastomotic strictures” which was recognised as a “Best Abstract”; and congratulations to Mr Kaps Sahnan for his presentation on “Incidence and prediction of fistula formation in England”.
Dr Hart presented 7 lectures throughout the meeting including a lecture on “Manipulating the microbiota in everyday practice” in the plenary session. Mr Faiz and Mr Warusavitarne also presented in the surgical section of the meeting.
Dr Hart set up the inaugural “School for Clinical Trialists”, which was attended by around 100 delegates. The aim of this initiative was to create a group to network, collaborate and share practice with the ultimate aim of improving clinical trials in IBD and received excellent feedback.
Dr Ailsa Hart, Director IBD Unit, St Mark’s Hospital, March 2016