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 19 – Sunday 22 March 2020, Bordeaux (France)
Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 March 2021, Hong Kong



Surrounded by his loving family, Ernie passed away on Monday, December 16, 2019. Beloved husband of Marcy Marcovitz for forty-five years. Proud father and father-in-law of Jonathan, Jessica and Loren Shore, Gillian and Ian Tobman. Cherished Zaidie of Noah and Lily Shore. Devoted son of Selma and the late Leon Seidman. Adored brother of Bonnie Seidman, Sean and Synnove Seidman. Caring son-in-law of the late Shirley and the late Henry Marcovitz. Dear brother-in-law of Alan and Gail Marcovitz, Michael and Ariella Marcovitz and the late Lorne Marcovitz. He will be greatly missed by Agnes, and by his extended family and many friends. A dedicated physician, he devoted his life to the relentless pursuit of the best care for his patients through clinical work, teaching, and research. His absence will be felt throughout the medical community. A passionate man, he was determined to live life to the fullest. The family would like to acknowledge, with sincere gratitude, Dr. Todd Lee. Special thanks to the team of the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital for their compassionate care.


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