FDIME activities during ECIM 2023

15 -18 March in Athens
During the EUROPEAN CONGRESS of INTERNAL MEDICINE in Athens the Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe (FDIME) was involved in a variety of activities.
  1. The most important activity probably was the combined FDIME/EFIM patient session on Friday March 17, mainly organized by members of the FDIME Management Team and chaired by Ramon Pujol and Dror Dicker. After a short introduction about the recent activities of FDIME entitled “Internists, patients and FDIME” and presented by Jan Willem Elte, three patients gave their view after being introduced briefly by three internists, respectively on diabetes developments (Nikolaos Tentolouris), obesity (Dror Dicker) and rare diseases (Ramon Pujol, taking over from Daniel Sereni). The patients were Efstathios Chatzopouloson, who talked about diabetes, Vicki Mooney about obesity and metabolic disease and Eustratios Chatziharalambous about rare diseases/general aspects, followed by a Round Table discussion with all speakers and a general discussion. “Patients address European Internists”. The session was well received with ample discussions and more audience than expected.
  2. During the closing ceremony on Saturday March 18 traditionally the two Grant Award winners of 2021 gave a short presentation of their research.
    • Leonardo Bencivenga from Italy presented his work performed at the Toulouse University Hospital in France: “Role of frailty and polymorbidity on blood pressure variability in the elderly”.
    • Benjamin Chaigne from France reported (through Zoom) about his research at the university College in London: “Integrated proteomic analysis of blood B cells and skin fibroblasts in systemic sclerosis: toward proteomic B/F signatures of SSc patients”.
  3. After that the three FDIME best abstract prizes as decided by a jury (Ramon Pujol, chair, Daniel Sereni, Runolfur Palsson and Jan Willem Elte) were reached out. Winners and subjects were:
    • Association between rate of correction of hypernatremia and all-cause mortality.
      Authors: Eugene Feigin1, Libi Feigin1, Orit Ben-Bassat1, Daniel Shepshelovich1
      1. Israel
    • Response to treatment and outcome of patients with autoimmune hepatitis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
      Authors: Kalliopi Zachou1, Kalliopi Azariadis1, Ellina Lytvyak2, Romée Snijders3, Atsushi Takahashi4, Nikolaos Gatselis1, Mercedes Robles5, Raul Andrade5, Christoph Schramm6, Ansgar Lohse6, Atsushi Tanaka4, Joost Drenth3, Aldo Montano-Loza2, George Dalekos1
      1. Greece   2. Canada   3. Netherlands   4. Japan   5. Spain   6. Germany
    • C-reactive protein predicts early cardiac complications or death in patients with acute ischemic stroke: a propensity-matched analysis of a global federated health network.
      Authors: Dimitrios Sagris1,2, Tommaso Bucci2, Stephanie Harrison2, Paula Underhill2, Daniele Pastori3, George Ntaios1, Garry Mcdowel2, Benjamin Buckley2, Gregory Lip2
      1. Greece   2. United Kingdom   3. Italy
  4. And of course there was a FDIME booth at the exhibition area. In the booth posters were displayed with information about FDIME and its activities, including newsletters, short news and the session during ECM 2023. Samia, the FDIME administrative assistant, gave information when asked.