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DEADLINE EXTENDED - Core-BSPGHAN Grant Round 2017 Deadline May 2nd 2017

Thursday, 20 April 2017 13:09

Please note that as 1st May is a bank holiday applications for the Core-BSPGHAN Grant Round 2017 will be accepted up to 5pm on 2nd May 2017.

Core and BSPGHAN are co-funding a scheme to provide financial support for the collection of pilot or proof-of-concept data that will enable a high-quality competitive application to be made subsequently to a research council or other large funder. Applications are invited from established investigators planning research studies on any topic within paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. We aim to fund 2 projects with a maximum budget of £35,000 per project and particularly welcome applications in nutrition, obesity and the microbiome. Further details and the application form can be found below.

New technology to monitor gut motility

Monday, 10 April 2017 08:35

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.

Adaptive clinical trial reporting

Monday, 03 April 2017 16:22

Researchers from the University of Sheffield are looking for people who work in, or use clinical trial research reports, to take part in their survey on adaptive clinical trial reporting. The survey is part of a project that is developing guidelines for reporting adaptive designs. Ideally, there will be up to three rounds of the survey, but you can take part in any number of these. Adaptive designs use data during a clinical trial to change aspects of the design, such as early stopping of an unsafe treatment when there is enough evidence, whilst making sure it is credible. These designs can be very efficient, have value for money and ethical benefits. They are becoming more widely used due to these benefits but there are some issues with the use of them. To find out more about the survey, or to register your interest to take part, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Action Medical Research awards £100k for IBD research

Monday, 03 April 2017 16:10

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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