On Friday, October 14, 2016, the WEO Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee (CRCSC) held its annual European meeting in the Austrian capital, Vienna, preceding UEG Week 2016. The event took place under the leadership of Professor Linda Rabeneck (Canada), WEO CRC SC Global Chair, and Professor Ernst Kuipers (Netherlands), WEO CRC SC Regional Chair for Europe/Middle East, at the Vienna Marriott hotel, located in the historic city center.

The meeting began with its traditional morning breakout sessions, where five WEO CRC SC Expert Working Group (EWG) meetings were held in two parallel sessions, namely the WEO Coalition to reduce inequities in CRC Screening, Right-sided lesions and interval cancers, Image Enhanced Endoscopy (IEE), FIT for Screening and Surveillance after colonic neoplasia.

There was not only a noticeable increase in attendance but also more EWG meetings compared to last year’s meeting in Barcelona, where only three of the six EWGs met.

The afternoon plenary session, which ran from 1.00 – 6.00 pm, was packed with presentations. More than 175 participants from 24 countries attended the plenary session and preceding Expert Working Group breakout meetings!

The faculty included 28 international experts who covered topics such as new techniques, population – risk groups, screening programs and guidelines and smart use of FIT. The concentrated sessions and lively discussion covered the latest research and controversies in the field. The lunch in the hotel’s restaurant, overlooking the colorful trees of the autumnal Vienna City Park, and the afternoon coffee break with traditional Viennese sweet treats offered a welcome opportunity to network with colleagues.

Participants consider these meetings as the world´s most relevant events in the field. The attendees praised the outstanding Expert Working Groups, cutting-edge scientific presentations and the networking opportunities with the key representatives of the field.

Overall, the WEO CRC SC meeting was the perfect start into an exciting congress week in Vienna.

All material from the Vienna meeting can be accessed via the WEO website.

Looking ahead, the planning for 2017 is already well-advanced: the committee plans to meet during ENDO 2017 in February in Hyderabad, at DDW in May in Chicago, in the context of APDW in Hong Kong in September, and preceding UEG Week in Barcelona in October 2017.

To receive regular update on the committee’s events and activities, you are welcome to join the WEO CRC SC mailing list. To be added to the list, please contact the WEO Secretariat: secretariat@worldendo.org.

The Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee (CRC SC) focuses on the science and practice of colorectal cancer screening. The goals of the WEO CRC SC are to provide international fora for topics related to colorectal cancer screening and surveillance, to promote innovation and effective delivery of colorectal cancer screening and surveillance and to collaborate in addressing issues and gaps in colorectal cancer screening and surveillance.

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