A Short History of ENETS

ENETS was established by its founding members to unify neuroendocrine tumor disease research among European medical professionals. Its primary aim was to integrate basic and clinical research with teaching, and to establish guidelines for the diagnosis and therapy of gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP NETs).

Almost 20 years after its foundation, ENETS is now the largest, international NET society with more than 1,500 members.

2004

ENETS' founding members
    The founding members are (l. to r.): Håkan Ahlman†, Göteborg, Sweden; Bertram Wiedenmann, Berlin, Germany; Ola Nilsson, Göteborg; Barbro Eriksson, Uppsala, Sweden; Kjell Öberg, Uppsala, Sweden; Ursula Plöckinger, Berlin, Germany; Philippe Ruszniewski, Clichy, France; Guido Rindi, Parma, Italy; Martyn Caplin, London, United Kingdom. Founding members not pictured: Rudolf Arnold, Marburg, Germany; Wouter de Herder, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Gianfranco Delle Fave, Rome, Italy.
  • Founding of the European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society in Budapest, Hungary, as an offshoot of the European Neuroendocrine Tumor Network
  • 1st Annual ENETS Conference – this conference started a series of cutting-edge conferences attracting more than 1,500 delegates each year

2005

Publication of the first ENETS guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine gastrointestinal tumors

2007

  • Revision of the ENETS guidelines along with TNM classifications
  • Development of a European NET Registry

2009

  • Establishment of an accreditation programme for ENETS Centers of Excellence (CoE) with 6 pilot centers
  • Publication of ENETS consensus guidelines for the standard of care for patients with digestive neuroendocrine tumors

2010

  • The ENETS Center of Excellence progamme is officially launched
  • Publication of ENETS consensus guidelines for the management of patients with rare metastases from digestive neuroendocrine tumors
  • The 1st Annual ENETS Postgraduate Course was hosted within the framework of the annual ENETS conference

2012

Publication of updated ENETS consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine tumors

2015

Publication of a European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society expert consensus and recommendations for best practice for typical and atypical pulmonary    carcinoids

2016

Publication of updated consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine tumors (update of the fuidelines for diagnosis and therapy of NEN from 2012)

2017

  • ENETS 2017 consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine tumors (standards of care recommendations)
  • Meeting with patient advocates (ENETS/INCA meeting) on unmet medical needs in neuroendocrine tumors

2018

Meeting to develop standardised reporting in NEN pathology, imaging, and endoscopy

2020

Covid pandemic - first virtual ENETS conference

ENETS CoE programme

The ENETS Centers of Excellence (CoE) programme was started in 2007. Click below to learn more about the programme, inform yourself about the current list of CoEs, or find out about the certification procedure.

ENETS education

ENETS offers comprehensive education and training for physicians and scientists in the field of NET.

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