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UEG Research Prize: € 100,000 for future research on prevention and detection of early GI cancer

Friday, 15 July 2016 14:31

Professor Ernst J. Kuipers has been awarded the distinguished UEG Research Prize 2016 for his outstanding project on “Hidden in plain sight: the opportunities for targeted surveillance and intervention for early gastric neoplasia”. The Prize money will support him and his team in the future research in the field of prevention and detection of early GI cancer. He will receive the Award during the Opening Session on Monday, October 17 at UEG Week Vienna.

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Global Challenges Research Fund announces pre-launch information for £9M call

Friday, 15 July 2016 14:24

The MRC and BBSRC have given advance notice of a £9m call for Networks in Vector-Borne Disease (VBD) Research. This call forms part of their activities under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and therefore requires Networks to address VBD challenges primarily relevant to the health or prosperity of specific countries. The Networks supported through this call will contribute to the UK’s commitment to Official Development Assistance (ODA).

An example of a VBD that might be relevant to BSG members is Rift Valley fever virus, which has a mosquito vector and can cause severe hepatic disease with haemorrhage.

The call partners anticipate hosting a launch meeting and networking event on 14 September 2016 to provide potential applicants with more information about the call, the application process and opportunities to interact with others interested in forming similar Networks. Although the meeting will be free to attend, space will be limited and interested parties will need to register for the meeting in advance. The deadline for registering interest is 19 August. Full details of the call and on how to register can be found on the MRC’s website.

Perianal Crohn's Disease research outcomes

Friday, 15 July 2016 11:06

An exciting new collaborative of UK gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons is seeking to better understand and study perianal Crohn’s disease. The initiative is being led by Miss Nicola Fearnhead on behalf of ACPGBI and Dr Ailsa Hart on behalf of the BSG. It will involve multiple IBD units across the UK and the initial work has been funded by the Bowel Disease Research Foundation and the BSG.

The collaborative would be extremely grateful for your assistance with developing a Core Outcome Set (COS) for perianal Crohn’s disease. The process consists of three short Delphi consensus surveys via an online platform. In order to register your interest before the deadline of 31 August, please follow the link.

The electronic Delphi exercise will begin later this year; all answers will be kept confidential. A selection across the key stakeholder groups (including patients) will be invited to be participate in a face-to-face consensus exercise following completion of the online rounds. All participants who complete the three online Delphi rounds will be formally acknowledged on any publications.

Further background information is available. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , the trainee leads, for any questions. We welcome your support!

INQUIRE: Improving NHS Quality Using Internet Ratings and Experiences

Friday, 08 July 2016 13:54

INQUIRE is a programme of work funded by the NIHR HS&DR Programme that incorporates five studies about the use of online ratings and reviews of healthcare. As the ubiquity of the internet becomes the accepted method of communicating a person’s thoughts and opinions on their experiences of any particular goods or service, it seems like the right thing for the NHS to do too.

So what are the five parts that make up INQUIRE?:

  • What is already known about feedback from patients?
  • Do people who feedback have certain attitudes and characteristics?
  • Why do people choose to feedback or comment online?
  • How do those on the receiving end feel about the feedback?
  • When feedback is given, does it change what people do and how they do it?

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