Research News

Biomedical Catalyst (Round 8) winners announced

Friday, 21 August 2015 14:37

The MRC has announced that 12 new treatments, diagnostics and medical technologies will receive funding from the eighth round of the successful Biomedical Catalyst (BMC) programme jointly run by Innovate UK and the MRC, which contributed £13m of the total £18m in this round.

Two of the 7 MRC-funded projects are in gastroenterology.

Targeted therapy for inflammatory bowel disease


Crohn's disease is a chronic, inflammatory bowel disease, which can cause severe symptoms including abdominal pain, diarrhoea and weight loss, but for which there is currently no cure. Existing therapies are focused on reducing inflammation of the bowel lining and providing temporary relief of symptoms, but researchers at KCL and the NIHR Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre are searching for a cure. The team are the first in the world to trial a personalised treatment using T cell therapy in patients with the disease with the hope that, if successful, their research could help other debilitating autoimmune disorders.

Spotting bowel cancer sooner with a fluorescent dye


Spraying a fluorescent dye onto the lining of the bowel could help doctors distinguish between normal and cancerous tissue in the bowel. Normal endoscopy to look for bowel cancer can only spot visible, physical changes to the lining of the bowel. Researchers at the University of Oxford will trial the new approach in 50 patients which will coat the bowel in the dye - it will only stick to healthy tissue leaving a 'black spot' where cancerous cells are. They hope that the technique will help spot cancers earlier, when it's more likely that they can be treated successfully.

Early Diagnosis Innovation Workshop

Friday, 21 August 2015 13:35

The first early diagnosis innovation workshop, on 14-16th December in Oxfordshire.

Theme: "Harnessing technology to detect cancer earlier"

Director: Dr Andrew Roddam

Deadline: 21st September

Early Diagnosis Training Workshop For Early Career Researchers

Friday, 21 August 2015 13:34

An early diagnosis training workshop for early career researchers on 7th October 2015 in London.

Aim: Improving quality of funding applications

Facilitators: Dr Peter Murchie, Dr Fiona Walter and Dr Katriina Whitaker and Dave Manton (CRUK patient involvement coach)

Deadline: 4th September

To apply, fill out the application form and send to Anna Lawrence-Jones by 5pm on 4 September 2015.

RCP/NIHR Clinical Research Network Award – Professor Colin Rees

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:59

Professor Mark Hull

Our warmest congratulations to our Endoscopy Vice-President Professor Colin Rees who has been awarded a prestigious national RCP/NIHR Clinical Research Network Award for an outstanding contribution to the UK clinical research network (UKCRN) in the NHS. Colin will be presented with the award at the RCP 2015 Harveian Oration in October.

Colin has been a driving force behind the successful Northern Regional Endoscopy Group (NREG) for many years, combining regional leadership of NREG and the LCRN with the R&D Director role at South Tyneside, as well as an impressive personal research portfolio. Nationally, Professor Rees' research has been instrumental in the evolution of the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme and improved quality assurance in colonoscopy. Colin also represents the BSG in European Gastroenterology in ESGE.

Colin is a fantastic example of how one can make a significant contribution to clinical research in the NIHR as a Consultant Gastroenterologist. If anyone wishes to follow in his footsteps, I am always available to signpost opportunities to join in and strengthen GI research in the UKCRN.

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