Conferences & Events

UEG Week Virtual 2021

October 3-5

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Galapagos is delighted to be sponsoring a programme of insightful educational events led by internationally renowned inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experts at UEG Week Virtual 2021

Join us for a series of practice-oriented sessions in which we will examine the impact of new research on patient care and discover how treatment advances may pave the way for a holistic approach to remission in IBD.

Symposium 1 October 3

Practice makes perfect:
a holistic approach to remission in the clinic

Time: Sunday 3 October, 11:30–12:30 (CEST)
Location: UEG Week 2021 website

Join Prof. Séverine Vermeire, Prof. Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet and Prof. Stefan Schreiber as they explore how advances in practice can improve the overall health of patients with UC. In this symposium and live discussion, the panel will consider the latest data illustrating the value of a holistic approach to remission for patients with UC. They will also discuss how evolutions in UC care, such as more ambitious treatment goals, advances in therapeutics and monitoring, implementing patient-reported outcomes and utilising digital technologies, can help us strive for a more holistic approach to remission for our patients.

This session includes a live Q&A. Register now to have your questions answered!

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Speakers & Agenda

Prof. Severine Vermeire (Chair)
Professor of Medicine, KU Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Séverine Vermeire trained at KU Leuven, the National University of Asuncion, Paraguay, the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford, UK and the Montreal General Hospital, Canada. Since 2003, she has been a member of the Gastroenterology Department at University Hospitals Leuven and Professor of Medicine at KU Leuven. She became Head of the Department of Chronic Diseases and Metabolism at KU Leuven in 2016. Her work has led to >500 peer-reviewed articles and focusses on the role of the microbiome, genetic susceptibility in IBD and signatures predictive of therapy response.

Prof. Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet
Professor of Gastroenterology, Nancy University Hospital, France

Prof. Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet is Professor of Medicine and Head of IBD Unit at Nancy University Hospital, France. Following his PhD, he undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at Lille University, France, before a research position at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA. He received a Rising Star Award in 2008 from UEG. Prof. Peyrin-Biroulet is the current President of ECCO and Scientific Secretary of IOIBD. He is also President of the IBD Cancer and Serious Infections in Europe (I-CARE) project and co-founded the Spectrum consortium. He has authored more than 700 peer-reviewed articles. 

Prof. Stefan Schreiber
Professor of Medicine, Christian-Albrechts-University, Germany

Prof. Stefan Schreiber gained his medical degree at the University of Hamburg. After two fellowships he joined the Department of Gastroenterology, Charité University Hospital. In 1996 he became Associate Professor at Christian-Albrechts-University. He became Full Professor of Medicine in 1999, and Director of the Department of Internal Medicine I and Head of the Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology in 2004 at Kiel University. His research interests span genetics & pathophysiology of intestinal inflammation, IBD therapy development and human ageing. He has authored >1000 original publications.

11:30–11:40 (CEST)

Introduction: trends towards patient-centric IBD care

Professor Séverine Vermeire (Chair)

11:40–11:50 (CEST)

Striving for holistic remission in UC

Professor Séverine Vermeire


11:50–12:02 (CEST)

Pursuing optimised outcomes:
what can we expect from UC treatments in 2021 and beyond?

Professor Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet


12:02–12:10 (CEST)

LIVE discussion of a case vignette provided by the faculty:
how do we apply a holistic approach to this patient?

All faculty

12:10–12:20 (CEST)

Digital transformation: the role of telemedicine in the care of patients with UC

Professor Stefan Schreiber

12:20–12:30 (CEST)

Live Q&A

All faculty

Symposium 2 October 4

Walk this way: navigating the evolving UC treatment pathway
Time: Monday 4 October, 11:30–12:30 CEST
Location: UEG Week 2021 website

In this symposium Prof. Subrata Ghosh, Prof. Joana Torres and Prof. Alessandro Armuzzi will review the latest innovations in UC treatment and discuss how these advances might be utilised in a treatment pathway that places patients at the centre of UC care. Learn how the different mechanisms of action of advanced therapies might translate to address individuals’ unmet needs and, through a live case study discussion, find out how these lessons can be applied to clinical practice.

This session includes a live Q&A. Register now to have your questions answered!

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Speakers & Agenda

Prof. Subrata Ghosh (Chair)
Chair and Head of Medicine, University College Cork, Ireland

Prof. Subrata Ghosh is Chair and Head of Medicine at the College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork. He was Chairman and Head of Medicine at University of Calgary, Canada (2009–2016), and the inaugural Director of the Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Birmingham, UK (2016–2020). He was also Professor and Chair of Gastroenterology at Imperial College London, UK. Prof. Ghosh is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and a member of IOIBD. He has published 525 manuscripts with an h index of 98.

Prof. Alessandro Armuzzi
Head of IBD, Gemelli University Hospital, Catholic University of Rome, Italy

Prof. Alessandro Armuzzi leads the IBD Unit at Gemelli University Hospital, Catholic University of Rome, Italy. He trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Bologna, Italy and the Catholic University of Rome. He has received advanced research and clinical training in IBD at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals. His research interests focus on IBD genetics, diagnostics to assess disease activity, clinical prediction and outcomes, design and conduct of real-world trials and advanced therapy in IBD. He has authored many peer-reviewed publications.

Dr Joana Torres
Gastroenterologist, Hospital Beatriz Ângelo, Loures, Portugal

Dr Joana Torres received her medical degree from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Coimbra Hospital and University Centre, Portugal. She is currently a gastroenterology assistant at the Hospital Beatriz Ângelo, Loures, and Hospital da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal. Dr Torres is an active member of the ECCO Guidelines Committee. Her research focuses on populations at risk of IBD to understand events taking place before the diagnosis, help find better treatments and develop preventive strategies. She has authored >70 peer-reviewed papers.

11:30–11:35 (CEST)

Welcome and introduction

Professor Subrata Ghosh (Chair)

11:35–11:45 (CEST)

What do UC? Raising the patient voice

Professor Subrata Ghosh

11:45–12:00 (CEST)

Where are you going? Exploring the evolving UC treatment pathway

Professor Alessandro Armuzzi

12:00–12:08 (CEST)

LIVE discussion of treatment sequencing decisions using two case vignettes

All faculty

12:08–12:18 (CEST)

Live Q&A

All faculty

Meet the Experts

A holistic approach to UC – a Swedish perspective

Date and time: Time: Monday 4 October, 12.40-13.00 (CEST)
Location: UEG Week Virtual 2021 website

Prof. Jonas Halfvarson will give a Swedish perspective on the multi-dimensional aspects of UC one needs to consider when planning on how to best care for the UC patients in order to increase their quality of life.

Prof. Jonas Halfvarson
Professor of Medical Science at the University Hospital in Örebro, Sweden

Jonas Halfvarson is a professor of medical science with a specialization in gastroenterology at the University Hospital in Örebro, Sweden. His research is focused around identifying biomarkers, which at an early stage, can identify individuals who are on their way to developing IBD and predict who are at risk of serious progression of the disease. The overall goal of Jonas Halfvarson’s research is to improve the healthcare of patients with IBD and thereby increase their quality of life.

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Holistically approaching remission: how do we meet the mental health needs of patients with IBD?

Date and time: Monday 4 October, 12.40-13.00 (CEST)
Location: UEG Week Virtual 2021 website

This session will discuss the mental health needs of patients with IBD and the role of the multi-disciplinary team in meeting the needs of individual patients. The experts plan to share some tips on how to manage a patient from a holistic point of view, as well as Q and A session to answer any audience questions.

Prof. Anton Emmanuel
University College London and University College Hospital

Anton Emmanuel obtained his medical degree from London University. He is A Professor of Neuro-Gastroenterology at University College London and Consultant Gastroenterologist at University College Hospital at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square). His current clinical work encompasses being director of the GI Physiology Unit at University College Hospital as well as providing specialist gastroenterology service for patients with neurological illness.

Dr. Fiona Eldridge
Principal Clinical Psychologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge

Dr. Fiona Eldridge is an HPCP registered Principal Clinical Psychologist working at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.  She works in Gastroenterology and specialises in IBD.  She has previous extensive background experience working with adults in both mental health and physical health care settings and has been involved in the development of a number of services. A particular area of interest is supporting services to imbed psychology within the team with a view to developing more integrated, person centred, models of care - improving outcomes for both the individual and the treating team. 

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Remote monitoring to improve health from the patient perspective

Date and time: Tuesday 5 October, 12.30-12.50 (CEST)
Location: UEG Week Virtual 2021 website

Many IBD patients face residual burden even when in remission. A holistic approach to remission aims to look beyond clinical remission endpoints and consider the whole individual, focusing on their personal priorities to set remission goals. Implementation of remote monitoring using PROMs reduces outpatient clinic visits and hospital admissions, contributes to improved adherence and is cost effective.

Prof. Dr. Marieke Pierik
Head of the IBD-clinic at the Maastricht University Medical Centre

Prof. Dr. Marieke Pierik is head of the IBD-clinic at the Maastricht University Medical Centre. Her chair “Real World Data for Chronic Diseases with a focus on IBD” aims for the transition from manual registration of data in registries to a learning health care system where digital innovations are used to collect data from daily practice (clinical outcomes, PRO’s, environmental, psychosocial and lifestyle risk factors). The ultimate goal is to improve health from the patient's perspective with the available resources, by optimizing patient stratification, using an integrated approach and developing adapted care paths.

Dr. Zlatan Mujagic
Gastroenterologist and clinical researcher at Maastricht University Medical Centre

Dr. Zlatan Mujagic is a gastroenterologist and clinical researcher at Maastricht University Medical Center, with interest in IBD and neurogastroenterology and motility. His research focus is the interaction between gastrointestinal symptoms, environmental and genetic factors in IBD and IBS, including the gut-brain-interaction and modulation thereof by life style, dietary, psychological and pharmacological interventions. Furthermore, he is involved in the development and implementation of new technologies to monitor and modify disease course in IBD and disorders of the gut-brain interaction. 

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Multidisciplinary management of IBD patients with articular manifestations: experience from a large Belgian tertiary centre

Date and time: Tuesday 5 October, 15.00-15.20 (CEST)
Location: UEG Week Virtual 2021 website

Musculoskeletal extra-intestinal manifestations (EIM) represent the most common EIM in IBD, occurring in up to 40% of patients. Managing those can be challenging and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Prof. Catherine Reenaers will elaborate on the collaboration and management with their rheumatology fellows at the University of Liège, Belgium.

Prof. Catherine Reenaers
Associate Professor at the University Hospital of Liège, Belgium

Professor Catherine Reenaers is a senior gastroenterologist and associate professor at the University hospital of Liège, Belgium. She completed her training and PhD at the University hospital of Liège, followed by a research fellowship at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. She is part of several scientific associations incl. the scientific committee of BIRD and educational committee of the GETAID. Prof. Reenaers has obtained several scientific awards and has given various lectures at Belgian and European conferences. She contributed to more than 65 papers in international peer reviewed journals.

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