Amsterdam chosen for its liberal attitude

The 11th Congress of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) will be taking place at the Amsterdam RAI from 16-19 March, 2016.

As ECCO president Séverine Vermeire said, Amsterdam is “the city of one million bicycles, but also the city of Rembrandt, the city of as many as 165 canals, the city of Heineken Beer, and soon to become the city of ECCO 2016.”

Amsterdam is the cradle of liberalism,” she added, “which invites us to challenge dogmas and look critically at our current management.”

The goal of the conference is to advance the understanding of the causes of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, to share and discuss results, to promote the implementation of guidelines, and ultimately to further improve patient care.

The theme of the 2016 edition is “IBD innovations driving clinical decisions,” and the conference will look at trends such as rise of cell therapies and genetic testing, as well the growth in personalized medicine.

A capital of life sciences

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is the leading region for life science research in the Netherlands. It is home to two renowned universities, academic hospitals and many specialised research institutes. This means that all companies active in the life science sector here can enjoy excellent access to innovative technologies, clinical trials, biobanks, and centres of expertise.

Major institutes based in the Amsterdam region include the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), the Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation, and the dental research facility ACTA. Other scientific hubs such as Wageningen and Leiden are only about an hour away.

The city is also home to the Amsterdam Science Park, an internationally recognised hub for research, education, and entrepreneurship, with about 120 companies (from start-ups to multinationals) working in the fields of science, physics, chemistry, ICT, green life sciences and advanced instrumentation.