Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), where pseudopolyps have been found during a screening of colon (colonoscopy), appear to have no increased risk of developing colon cancer, contrary to what was previously thought. This is the surprising outcome of a large Dutch-American study that was published this week.

This result could affect the frequency of surveillance colonoscopy that IBD patients must undergo. Currently, European and Dutch guidelines advise to carry out surveillance colonoscopy in patients with pseudopolyps, despite the fact that there is only limited evidence for this policy. The results of this study probably make this unnecessary.

No increased risk of colon cancer in IBD patients with speudopolyps


Four grants for research on tumor immunology at UMC Utrecht

Last December, four primary investigators from the Tumor Immunology section of the Laboratory for Translational Immunology (LTI) at the UMC Utrecht received substantial research grants from the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF).

Within the Tumor Immunology section, the LTI investigators try to unravel how the human immune system protects against tumors. With this knowledge the department develops new treatments for patients with various forms of cancer. It is extraordinary that so many grants have been allocated to one department. In total, this involves around € 1.5 million for translational research into leukemia, lymphoma, neuroblastoma and breast cancer.



New European Network for Infection Research

“Patients are sometimes just lying in the hallway there with their respirators", says Marc Bonten, physician/microbiologist at the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht, referring to Athens, where only two hospitals with an intensive care unit are open on Saturdays and Sundays. All inhabitants of the Greek metropolis who need acute medical care at the weekend have to go to one of the two hospitals. “The departments are completely overcrowded, with all kinds of patients jumbled up with each other. And on Monday morning, all patients are moved to other hospitals again.”


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Physician/microbiologist Marc Bonten is working on a network for clinical scientific research into bacterial infections. “When it comes to European clinical research into infectious diseases, the Netherlands is a leading country.”

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