Jadranka Brljak

In this issue:

Message from the President

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you have had a good start to 2017. I wish you a happy and successful New Year with many new experiences and great moments, both privately and professionally.

Since 2007 I have held various positions on the ESGENA board. In October 2016 I became President of ESGENA. After 10 years on the board my term of office will finish in 2017. Although time is short, it is my hope that we can implement some new ESGENA projects during my term as President.

In this issue we will provide an introduction to all of the current ESGENA board members.

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the 21st ESGENA Conference which will be held during the 25th United European Gastroenterology Week, October 28-30, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. This is the third time that we will meet in Barcelona, sharing our experiences, knowledge and common areas of interest. The last years have shown that we can improve our daily practice and advance our profession in our home countries. At the ESGENA Conference we not only share our knowledge with colleagues from European countries, but also with colleagues from America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The three day ESGENA conference will include state-of-the-art lectures, free papers & posters, lunch sessions, and several workshops with hands-on training covering current topics in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy.

We would be honoured to receive your abstracts and we encourage you to use this opportunity to share your experience and knowledge. Please submit your abstracts for oral or poster presentation by May 31, 2017 Learn more »

I hope to welcome you in Barcelona in October 2017.

Jadranka Brljak
President ESGENA

Call for Abstracts for the 21st ESGENA Conference in October 2017 in Barcelona

Call for Abstracts for the 21st ESGENA Conference in October 2017 in Barcelona

ESGENA invites you to the 21st ESGENA Conference which will be held during the 25th United European Gastroenterology Week, October 28-30, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Learn more »

Call for Abstracts
ESGENA invites you to present your experience, studies or projects at the 21st ESGENA Conference in Barcelona. Please submit your abstracts for oral or poster presentation.
Deadline for submitting abstracts is May 31, 2017. Learn more »

The online registration is now open. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the reduced fee during early registration which will close on May 14, 2017. Learn more »

Any nurses who are interested in attending the UEG Week on Tuesday and Wednesday, should contact Ulrike Beilenhoff (ESGENA Scientific Secretary, email:

Save your money - Cheap options to attend the Conference
Attending a conference can be very rewarding. Not only allows you to update your knowledge, but equally important is the opportunity to exchange ideas and clinical standards with colleagues from all over the world. As a bonus it takes you to beautiful and/or interesting cities all over Europe. However, as most nurses need to find the money themselves to attend the conferences, the cost can be out of the reach for many. So here are some suggestions how to make it more affordable. Learn more »

ESGE Symposia on Quality in Endoscopy

ESGE Symposia on Quality in Endoscopy

The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) continues the series of symposia on quality in Endoscopy. The next Symposium will be held in Ireland:

  • Quality in Endoscopy IBD & Nutrition
    March 31 - April 1, 2017, Dublin, Ireland
    Learn more »

The ESGE Quality Symposia are also an excellent format for nurses. State-of-the-art lectures are combined with case discussion and lively debates. The topic is of great interest for both physicians and nurses.

ESGENA Members are eligible to receive a 50% registration fee reduction. To take advantage of this offer, please enter your ESGENA member ID in the membership ID field.

The ESGENA Governing Board

The ESGENA Governing Board has the following members and positions:

  • President - Jadranka Brljak, Croatia
  • Vice-President - Jayne Tillett, UK
  • Secretary - Wendy Waagenes, Denmark
  • Treasurer - Marjon de Pater, NL
  • Councillor - Björn Fehrke, Switzerland
  • Councillor - Enriqueta Hernandez-Soto, Spain
  • Councillor - Anita Jørgensen, Norway

Please find enclosed short introductions about each board member. Learn more »

Interesting Papers and Reports

Wendy Waagenes reports on two meetings:

  • XIII. Workshop Algorithms in Gastrointestinal in Zagreb Learn more »
  • Symposium: Everything you always wanted to know about COLONOSCOPY Learn more »

Nurses from Portugal and Spain shared an interesting presentation at the 20th ESGENA Conference.

  • The nurses’ role in the making of a new and better reprocessing room
    Enf.ª CátiaZigue Gonçalves, Enf.ª Barros e Cunha, Hospital da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal Learn more »
  • Which risk factors are related to colonoscopy severe complications in an organised population-based colorectal cancer screening programme?
    Isabel Idigoras1, Eunate Arana-Arri2, Isabel Bilbao1, Josebe Fernández4, Iragartxe Fernández4, Martínez-Indart Lorea2, Iñaki Gutiérrez-Ibarluzea3, EUSKOLON WORK GROUP, Isabel Portillo1. 1Colorectal Cancer Screening Coordination Center, Bilbao; 2BioCruces Health Research Institute, Barakaldo; 3Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment-Osteba, Vitoria-Gasteiz; 4 University of the Basque Country. Spain Learn more »

Events Calendar

A number of interesting European and national conferences are scheduled to be held in 2017.
Learn more »

Cook Medical’s Endoscopy Division

Contact: ESGENA Technical Secretariat · Rietta Schönberger · Am Kastell 2, 85077 Manching, Germany Tel: +49 (0) 8459/323941 · Fax: +49 (0) 8459/323942 · Email: