International Organization For the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IOIBD) is the only international worldwide organization devoted to these chronic and sometimes disabling diseases involving different parts of the gastrointestinal tract. The mission of the IOIBD is to promote the health of people with IBD worldwide by setting the direction for patient care, education and research. This is in particular the case for those countries where the diseases are just evolving. Task forces of IOIBD promote scientific developments by designing non commercial clinical studies. Grants are provided for innovative start-up projects and large scale trials not receiving funds otherwise due to lack of economic or political interest. Travel grants are given to young scientists from countries with evolving IBD. The organization furthermore aims at developing clear definitions of the different manifestations of IBD as well as for the targets and endpoints of treatment in practice and research, in particular in clinical trials.

The long-term goal of IOIBD is to contribute to the elucidation of the cause of these still relatively new diseases and finally to the development of a causal and curative treatment, thereby making its existence unnecessary.

Mission Statement
To promote the health of people with IBD worldwide by setting the direction for patient care, education and research.

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday 23-Sunday 26 April 2015, Montreal (Canada)
Wednesday 06-Saturday 09 April 2016, Tel Aviv (Israel)


ANNOUNCEMENT February 2015

Dear friends of IOIBD,

It is my sad duty to share the news of the untimely passing of our dear friend, colleague and IOIBD member Herbert Lochs who passed away in Innsbruck on February 10th at the age of 68 years. Our thoughts are with his wife Heide, who first met Herbert in Innsbruck over 40 years ago and was his lifelong mate.

Herbert Lochs Herbert was known to be a passionate gastroenterologist, academic teacher, mentor and scientist with a lifelong interest in clinical nutrition and inflammatory bowel diseases. After finishing his degree in Medicine at the University of Innsbruck in Tyrol, he began his academic career in pharmacology before moving to the University of Vienna, where he received his medical and gastroenterological training. In the late 1980s, he also spent two years at the Clinical Nutrition Unit of the University of Pittsburgh.

I first met Herbert in 1990 just after his return to the University of Vienna. He was my first academic mentor who ignited my interest in IBD and supervised my initial research projects. Only four years later, Herbert accepted the offer by the Charité in Berlin to chair the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology before returning to his home town Innsbruck in 2009. His career reached its zenith as Chancellor of the Medical University of Innsbruck, a position that he filled until his retirement in 2013.

Herbert was elected into IOIBD in 1996. Older members will remember his warm hospitality at the meeting in Salzburg 2002, which he had co-organized with Jürgen  Schölmerich. He was an inspiration and an academic role model to many of us. He was awarded the Austrian Decoration for Science and Arts – one of the highest honors in our country. He loved medicine as much as he loved music and nature. The memory of our humanist and philanthropist Herbert will continue to live on through his patients, students, colleagues, co-workers and friends.

Chris Gasche

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