Welcome in Lyon!

Dear Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to announce the forthcoming 3rd Congress of the European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) that will take place in Lyon (France) from the 28th of February to the 1st of March 2008.

At the time of this announcement, the second ECCO Congress is still two weeks away. However, the large number of delegates registered and the high quality of the abstracts submitted allows us to anticipate an excellent and successful congress in Innsbruck.

The prospect for the 2008 Congress in Lyon looks very attractive. This is to the result of the hard work done by our Scientific and Educational Committees, bringing up new ideas for lectures, symposia and debates, while always bearing in mind a holistic approach to the disease and the patient.

The programme will follow a similar format to Innsbruck, with one of ECCO's main aims that each of the subjects is approached in a translational way by both a basic scientist and a clinician.
In addition, one whole morning will be devoted to LIVE-endoscopy demonstrations. There will be also oral- and poster presentations of accepted abstracts.

ECCO Research Fellowships and -Grants will be awarded and announced after the Innsbruck Congress. In addition, the 6th Advanced Course and the IBD Nurses meeting will take place, as well as events in conjunction with EFCCA that address the needs and concerns of the patients.

ECCO is rapidly developing and consolidating progress. The ECCO Congress is one of the corner stones where all those with an interest in IBD can meet, present and discuss the rapid advances in the knowledge of both pathogenesis and therapy. Care is taken to facilitate this interaction in order to provide the best care for the patients.

Our website, www.ecco-ibd.eu will be kept updated with information regarding the 3rd ECCO Congress.

ECCO looks forward to meeting you again in Lyon in 2008.

Miquel A. Gassull
President of ECCO

Jean-Frederic Colombel
President Elected of ECCO