What is EPC?
The European Pancreatic Club (EPC) is a non-profit, international scientific organization dedicated to the study of the pancreas. EPC was founded in 1965, with the idea to bring together basic scientists and clinicians in an informal atmosphere to promote friendship and research communication between them. Therefore, EPC has provided a platform for pancreatologists for five decades. EPC has strong connections with various European National Pancreatic Societies (from 22 countries).
- To promote communication between basic and clinical scientists in Europe interested in the pancreas and its disorders
- To promote and organize an annual scientific meeting devoted to all aspects of the pancreas
- To promote scientific, epidemiological and clinical research into pancreatic function and into the prevention, diagnosis and therapy of pancreatic diseases. Preference will be given to co-operative projects
- To establish scholarships and promote postgraduate education and training
- To support other meetings concerning the pancreas organized by members of the EPC
- To disseminate information about EPC activities, and publish such educational matter as the EPC council may consider desirable
December 9 and 10, 1965 was founded during a first symposium on in London (President H.T. Howat). The nine founding members were one biochemist (Jean Christophe, Belgium), one physiologist (Alfred A. Harper, UK), two surgeons (André Delcourt, Belgium, Yngve Edlund, Norway) and five physicians with special interest in the pancreas (Werner Creutzfeldt, Germany, Oliver Fitzgerald, Ireland, Karel Herfort, Czechoslovakia, Henry T. Howat, UK, Henri Sarles, France). It was the world’s first scientific society dedicated to the study of the pancreas. The idea was to bring basic scientists and clinicians together in an informal atmosphere to promote friendship and communication on research between them.
1967 The 2nd symposium was held in Marseilles in (President H. Sarles). Up to the time of writing annual meetings have been held almost every year.
In 1973 the EPC decided to lay down ‘Internal Rules’
Since 1991 meetings have included a “Young Researchers” Corner”. This event, given by international experts is especially designed to give information on new techniques of research.
The European Study Group of Pancreatic Cancer (ESPAC) and the European Registry of Hereditary Pancreatitis and Familial Pancreatic Cancer (EUROPAC) are affiliated with the EPC.
1992 new statutes were introduced. It became a member of the United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF) and is coorganizer of the United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW).
The official journal has been Pancreatology; previously the abstracts had been printed in Digestion since 1982. The officers of the EPC are the President, the Past President, the President Elect, the Secretary, the Treasurer and eight Councillors from different European countries, four from basic and four from clinical science. At the meetings on average 150 contributions are accepted for presentation; the abstracts are printed in Pancreatology. Papers come from nearly all European countries and from overseas.
In total 4,837 scientific presentations were made from 1971 to 2004. In the same period there have been 245 invited and “state of the art” lectures.
EPC European Pancreatic Club
The General Assembly (GA) of the association is the highest organ of the EPC. It consists of the members of the EPC. The GA decides on the election of president, secretary, treasurer and councilors of the EPC, accounts, annual fee, alteration of the constitution, co-operation with other societies, and dissolution of the association. A quorum of the GA exists if at least 30% of the members participating in the annual EPC meeting are present. Each member present or voting by proxy is entitled to one vote. Decisions of the GA will be agreed by a simple majority of those voting in person or voting by proxy.
For more information please see the Statutes of the EPC.
List Of National Pancreatic Societies
Asociación Española de Pancreatología | www.aespanc.es
Association for Pancreas Study “Romanian Pancreatic Club” | www.pancreasclub.ro
Associazione Italiana per lo Studio del Pancreas | www.aisponline.it
Belarusian Pancreatic Club
Belgian Pancreatic Club
Club Francais du Pancreas | www.clubfrancaispancreas.org
Clube Português do Pâncreas | www.clubedopancreas.pt
Croatian Pancreatic Club
Deutscher Pankreasclub | www.pankreasclub.de
Hungarian Pancreatic Society | www.pancreas.hu
Pancreatic Club Russia | www.pancreaticclub.ru
Pancreatic Section of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology | www.hsg.gr
Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland | www.psgbi.org
Polski Klub Trzustkowy | www.pkt.org.pl
Serbian Pancreatic Club | www.s-p-k.rs
Societat Catalana de Pancrees | www.scpanc.cat