Research News Tue, 23 May 2017 05:05:42 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Coeliac UK seeking new Chair of their Research Strategy Board The Chair of the Research Strategy Board will need to provide the charity with expert insight and fulfil governance requirements for the review and development of the Charity's Research Strategy, which will underpin its £5M Research Fund within its 2020 Strategy. The Chair will report to the Board of Governors.

Even if you don't have the direct experience, but you think you have something to bring to the Charity, please do think about applying. If you would like to discuss the role further you can talk to Heidi Urwin, the Charity's Research Manager or Sarah Sleet the CEO.

The next few years are looking very exciting for research in coeliac disease and if you become the Chair of our Research Strategy Board, you will help shape our future funding of research.

The role is unpaid.

Deadline for applications: 19 June 2017, 12 noon.

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Gut Microbiota for Health Expert Panel Professor Ailsa Hart

The Gut Microbiota for Health Expert Panel represents a group of multi-disciplinary members (gastroenterologists, nurses, dieticians and scientists) with expertise and interest in the gut microbiota and its role in health and disease. The Group is under the auspices of the British Society of Gastroenterology Research Committee.

The group was formed in 2013 and has now grown to over 40 members who meet twice a year, arrange meetings and workshops on key topics related to the microbiota and publish articles in high impact journals, as well as writing articles to enhance understanding with the public. As the Group has grown, it is now dividing into themed groups, but maintains the over-arching meetings to ensure continuity and sharing of expertise and interest.

The goals of the group are: to increase awareness and understanding among clinicians of the gut microbiota and its impact on health; be a 'go-to' address for clinicians (GPs, gastroenterologists, nurses and allied health professionals) for defining what is currently reliably known in this field; and drive scientific and academic interest in the gut microbiota in gastrointestinal and liver disease.

In particular, the group aims to:

  • To map the science and reach consensus on what is known and what is not yet known
  • To draft consensus statements on areas of interest for UK GPs
  • To identify gaps in knowledge and research foci
  • To identify research and development areas in this field that would advance understanding and lead to patient benefit

The group has been successful in achieving several publications for the clinical and scientific audience, as well as the public. The group published a major scientific review in GUT, "The gut microbiota and host health: A new clinical frontier" (Marchesi et al. GUT 2016; 65:330-339), which is in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric. In this article, the group outlines: the current understanding of the gut microbiota; dietary modulation of the microbiota; assesses the role of probiotics, prebiotics and polyphenols; and describes obesity-related diseases, liver disease, inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancer and the microbiota.

The article "The ecologist will see you now" outlines for the public some of the fascinating facts about the microbiota "we're not individuals, we're ecosystems full of bacteria and understanding how these microbes interact with our bodies is set to transform medicine".

The Group has contributed to two successful BSG Research Workshops: "The Microbiome, Dysbiosis and GI Disease" 11 April 2014 and "Faecal Microbiota Transplantation: Bench, Bedside, Courtroom?" 11 September 2015.

The Group is now focussing on a review for primary care professionals, explaining the current understanding of the gut microbiota's impact on gut disorders and is aiming to disseminate information about the group to ensure it represents a broad and relevant range of expertise. It is also aiming to make a significant contribution to the governance of faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in the UK by setting up a registry of groups conducting FMT in the UK.

It has been a privilege and a pleasure chairing this Group over the last three years.

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Trainee Research Awards: Deadline 30 June 2017 Core and the British Society of Gastroenterology are inviting applications under this new research programme which is open to UK-based gastroenterology specialty trainees who would like to conduct research in any area of gastroenterology, pancreatology, liver disease or nutrition.

Up to four grants of up to £5,000 each will be made. The following awards are available:

  • Two awards will be available to individual applicants; and
  • Two will be available for collaborators within a Trainee Research Network. Applications for the network awards may be for new projects for existing networks or for the development of a project within a new research network.

Please note there is a separate application form for each award stream (individual stream and network stream) and applicants should make sure that they complete the correct form for the correct stream.

Further details and the application form can be found here:

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forCrohn's announces 2017 grant recipients The BSG is delighted to announce that the following four teams (most of whom are BSG members!) are recipients of Innovation Grants from forCrohns:

  • Dr Gareth Walker & Dr Tariq Ahmad (Royal Devon & Exeter): ‘Identifying the genetic determinants of thiopurine toxicity'
  • Prof Kevin Whelan & Dr Megan Rossi (Kings College London): 'To develop a low food-additive-emulsifier diet as a new approach to managing Crohn’s Disease'
  • Mr Kapil Sahnan (St Mark's Hospital): '3D printing of complex perianal Crohn's fistulas'
  • Mrs Cath Stansfield (Salford Royal NHS Trust): 'Evaluation of a psycho-educational group for patients with inflammatory bowel disease'
  • Congratulations to all.

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    New technology to monitor gut motility GutCheck is a wireless, wearable patch that will give doctors a comprehensive picture of what’s going on in the human gut. Learn more about how it works and how it could be used. It is still in development, so preliminary data will be presented at the AGA's Digestive Diseases Week in May 2017.

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    Action Medical Research awards £100k for IBD research£100k-for-ibd-research.html£100k-for-ibd-research.html Dr Matthias Zilbauer, of the University of Cambridge, has been awarded £100k for a project aiming to find a way to predict how a child’s condition is likely to progress if they are diagnosed with IBD – whether the child’s symptoms are likely to be mild and require minimal treatment, or more severe, needing more intensive treatment. Studies in adults suggest it might be possible to identify people who are at highest risk of having severe symptoms by analysing certain blood cells. Dr Zilbauer has been investigating whether this approach might also work for children and early results are promising. In this project, the team is finding out more about the potential benefits of the new test in children and simplifying the techniques used, so they are suitable for routine use. More information is available from the Action Medical Research website.

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    Cancer Research UK £10m pancreatic cancer investment£10m-pancreatic-cancer-investment.html£10m-pancreatic-cancer-investment.html PRECISION-Panc is an ambitious programme of research that seeks to uncover the molecular profile of individual patients with pancreatic cancer, to learn more about the disease and to pave the way for patients entering clinical trials in a way that matches their tumour biology to the type of treatment. The £10m investment is Cancer Research UK’s biggest standalone investment in pancreatic cancer research to date and builds on their strategic focus on the disease. Research has helped double cancer survival rates, but progress has not been equal across all cancer types. People with pancreatic cancer have some of the lowest chances of survival, which is why CRUK name it as one of four priority ‘cancers of unmet need’ in their 5-year Research Strategy, published in 2014.

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    €100,000 for future scientific research project: Application for UEG Research Prize 2017 is now open!€100000-for-future-scientific-research-project-application-for-ueg-research-prize-2017-is-now-open.html€100000-for-future-scientific-research-project-application-for-ueg-research-prize-2017-is-now-open.html The annual Research Prize is awarded for excellence in basic science, translational or clinical research. UEG support a future scientific research project from early stage to successful conclusion. The recipient must be able to demonstrate that their previous work has had an impact in its field and its quality is recognised internationally.

    Application is open until May 12, 2017

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    Clinical Research Nurse nominations invited for 2017 Nursing Times Award The Nursing Times has announced the categories and opened the award nominations process for this year's prestigious ceremony, to be held in November. The NIHR Clinical Research Network is sponsoring this year's Clinical Research Nurse category. The Nursing Times wants to hear from you - apply now!

    Are you implementing projects to help give hard-to-reach groups access to the services they need to keep physically and mentally well; thinking of ways to help keep staff healthier and fitter; or devising complex technology solutions to make sure patients are kept safer or their needs are addressed more comprehensively? Now is your chance to share your story. By entering the award nominations, this is your opportunity to

    • Promote and share your work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your service to healthcare providers across the UK
    • Inform and educate the wider profession about your initiatives to improve patient care
    • Be recognised by your peers for being at the sharp-end of patient care and at the cutting edge of service improvement
    • Highlight your organisation's commitment to achieving excellence​

    Clinical Research Nurses can find out more and apply here. The deadline to apply is 2 June 2017.

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    Business of Discovery Podcast discusses 'compassion' in clinical research The latest podcast from the 'Business of Discovery' series led by Prof Allan Gaw has been released. This podcast has a focus on compassion and features special guest Dr Paquita de Zulueta — General Practitioner, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College and Senior Teaching Fellow at King’s College London.

    The podcasts are 10-12 minutes long and have been developed by the NIHR CRN with Profesor Allan Gaw, Associate Director for Educational Quality Standards, who also worked with University of Leeds and NIHR CRN colleagues to develop the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The podcasts have been developed to enable everyone from healthcare professionals to patients to keep up-to-date with new ideas and developments in the research field.

    The podcast series also includes a virtual journal club, which involves the discussion of a recent, open-access paper. The latest podcast and all others in the series can be found here.

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