On Friday, June 1, 2018, preceding Digestive Disease Week® in Washington D.C., , the WEO Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee (CRC SC) gathered for its annual meeting in North America.

The Committee meeting took place at the Capital Hilton hotel, under the leadership of Professor Linda Rabeneck (Canada), WEO CRC SC Global Chair and Professor Robert Schoen (USA), WEO CRC SC Regional Chair for the Americas.

The meeting began in the morning, when six WEO CRC SC Expert Working Group (EWG) meetings were held in two parallel sessions. The six EWGs are: Right-Sided Lesions and Interval Cancers, Colonoscopy Screening Trials, WEO Coalition to Reduce Inequities in CRC ScreeningFIT for Screening, Surveillance after Colorectal Neoplasia and Image Enhanced Endoscopy (IEE).

The afternoon plenary session focused on presentations from leading experts covering a range of important topics in CRC screening. 204 participants from 27 countries attended the plenary session and Expert Working Group meetings! Participants had the opportunity to network with their colleagues during lunch and coffee breaks.

In the plenary session, Professor Graeme Young gave a talk to provide an overview of the Committee’s history. Since 1998 the Committee has evolved into a global network of more than 1100 people. The Committee meets four times each year (Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America and Latin America). Professor Young noted the growth in CRC screening programs around the world since 1998. Many of the participants in the WEO CRC SC meetings have had important roles in the implementation of CRC screening programs.  This summary of the history of the WEO CRC SC was followed by a reception to mark this special occasion.

Attendees consider the WEO CRC SC meetings to be the premier scientific meeting focusing on CRC screening, and commented on the outstanding work of the Expert Working Groups and cutting-edge scientific presentations during the plenary session.

Overall, the WEO CRC SC meeting was the perfect start to an exciting DDW® in Washington.

Presentations from the Washington WEO CRC SC meeting can be accessed via the WEO website.

Plans for the rest of 2018 include the following meetings:

–          GASTRO 2018 – Sept 28, 2018 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)

–          UEGW 2018 – Oct 19, 2018 (Vienna, Austria)

–          APDW 2018 – Nov 15, 2018 (Seoul, Korea)

–          SBAD/ SPED 2018 – Nov 20, 2018 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

In 2019, the CRC SC meeting will be held in San Diego, USA on May 17, immediately preceding DDW®.

To receive a 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. For more information about the WEO CRC SC click here.