Microscopic colitis (MC) is an inflammatory bowel disease and a common cause of chronic, non-bloody diarrhea. The diagnosis rests on specific histological findings in colonic biopsies demonstrating the main subtypes; lymphocytic colitis (LC) or collagenous colitis (CC). Our knowledge about MC is still limited and more research is needed to further investigate the etiology and pathophysiology of MC and to improve the clinical care for these patients.
The European Microscopic Colitis Group (EMCG) has been found in Stockholm in 2010 and has been growing steadily since then including currently 32 members from 14 European countries. The primary objectives of the EMCG are to create awareness on MC among patients, general practitioners, gastroenterologists, surgeons, and pathologists and to promote scientific collaborations in clinical trials and basic science. The EMCG has been granted the UEG Link Award to build-up a European registry and the UEG activity award to establish European guideline on the management of MC. These project intend to harmonize the clinical management and to improve quality of life for MC patients across Europe.
The EMCG welcomes clinical researchers and young scientists who have a special interest in MC.