Research News

Gastroenterology-led TRIGGER trial of transfusion strategies for GI bleeding published in the Lancet

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 12:38

TRIGGER is a multicentre randomised pilot trial comparing red blood cell transfusion strategies for Acute Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding (AUGIB). Through the examination of liberal and restrictive policies for transfusion, TRIGGER established that, with further research, the way AUGIB is treated in the UK could change significantly, benefitting patients and producing significant cost savings for the NHS.

This work directly followed on from the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)-supported UK national audit of GI bleeding, which was led by Kel Palmer and others. The trial was delivered through a successful collaboration within and between UK gastroenterology centres and other groups. Prof John McLaughlin, the BSG's Research Committee Chairman while the trial was being carried out, said "This fantastic piece of work shows the power of collaborative research. Hopefully the NIHR will support a follow-on study of restrictive transfusion for AUGIB, which has the potential to benefit individual patients and the NHS as a whole."

Alcohol-Related Liver Disease research: survey

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 12:40

Do you have a question about the diagnosis, prevention, care or treatment of alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD)? Are you, or someone you know, affected by or worried about ARLD? Would you like to have a say in guiding research into ARLD?

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) have opened a survey to collect important information to help prioritise unanswered questions about ARLD. The survey gives patients, carers, clinicians and family members affected by the disease an opportunity to have their say and influence future research in the area. Please complete the survey yourself and give the link to anyone who might be interested in contributing.

UEG Research Prize - Winner 2015

Monday, 06 July 2015 09:15

Professor Jan Tack, Leuven, Belgium

Jan Tack is Head of Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at the University of Leuven (Belgium). He is awarded the UEG Research Prize 2015 for his pioneering work in the care of patients with functional and motility disorders, focussing in particular on functional dyspepsia, and the endeavour to identify novel ways to treat these disorders.

The Prize will support Jan Tack’s research group “The Gastrointestinal Motility and Sensitivity Research Group” with its research project “Role of nutrients and tastants in determining the gastric accommodation (GA) reflex and the control of meal volume tolerance in health and disease". The aim of this project is to unravel the pathways underlying the recently discovered role for gastric nutrient sensing in the control of gastric accommodation - a research which is furthermore promising to identify novel ways to combat obesity and to find therapeutic approaches to body weight control as well as to functional and motility disorders.

Jan Tack will receive the Prize at the Opening Plenary Session of UEG Week Barcelona on Monday, October 26, 2015.

James Lind Alliance - Non-alcohol related liver and gallbladder disorders

Friday, 12 June 2015 10:30

There are several different prevention and treatment options for various non-alcohol related liver and gallbladder disorders. It is important that we try to understand which of these options are effective and make a difference to people with or at risk of developing non-alcohol related liver and gallbladder disorders and/or the people who care for them. We think it is vital that any further research into the prevention and treatment of non-alcohol related liver and gallbladder disorders should focus on questions that are important to people who have or are at risk of these disorders, the people who care for them and the health professionals (doctors and nurses) that treat and prevent these disorders. We are therefore collecting responses to the questions below from all these groups. Your responses will help us start to identify where there is uncertainty regarding prevention and treatment of non-alcohol related liver and gallbladder disorders - that is where there is no existing research that already provides a reliable answer - so that future research can focus on the most important questions.

The survey is available online at

The deadline for the survey is 31st July

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