UEG is an international professional non-profit organization that combines all major European Scientific Societies concerned with digestive diseases. Together, the UEG member societies represent over 22,000 specialists, working in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, oncology and gastrointestinal endoscopy. This makes UEG the most comprehensive organization of its kind in the world, and a unique platform for collaboration and knowledge sharing.
The Link Award program is developed by the Committee of National Societies of the UEG to finance cross-border projects coordinated by at least two National Societies member of the UEG.
“Harmonizing diagnosis and therapy of EoE across Europe” is the strategy Europe needs, to better understand the importance of EoE in our environment, define our resources and coordinate efforts in research and clinical practice to provide EoE patients with the most appropriate management. Therefore the specific aims of the HaEoE-EU project are:
 To build an European Network to harmonize diagnosis and therapy in EoE by gathering allergists, paediatric and adult gastroenterologists, pathologists and ear-nose-throat specialists from multiple settings across Europe.
 To develop updated multidisciplinary European Guidelines for diagnosis and management of EoE patients.
 To establish a European Registry of EoE patients to improve our knowledge on epidemiology, its evolving trends, and on its burden to the health systems across Europe, and as a base for implementation of further prospective collaborative studies (The EoE Connect database).
 To design and build a multilingual Web Platform to spread knowledge on EoE, as a reference resource to provide patients, caregivers and physicians with informat ion regarding the disease (the EoE Link initiative).
The expected benefits of this project include:
– A large international platform LINK will provide a broad view and collection of accumulated knowledge, beyond the borders of nations or societies.
– Harmonizing diagnostic criteria will enable national societies to work in collaborative networks and obtain common guidelines for best clinical practice, providing equal conditions for all European patients.
– A Web Platform focused on EoE will be a meeting point for education (endorsed by national societies and UEG), embracing the multidisciplinary management of EoE.
– UEG will be the prime reference for any other Society interested in EoE.
HAEoE-EU project is organised and lead by the Spanish Society of Digestive Diseases (SEPD), in co-operation with the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), and 12 additional national and international Scientific Societies.