Research News

NIHR Rare Disease Day Cambridge Lecture

Thursday, 16 February 2017 14:17

This free lecture (on 28 February 2017, from 6pm-9pm, in Cambridge) will include updates about rare disease research, as well as insights from speakers directly affected by rare diseases. There will be the opportunity to talk with researchers and professionals and connect with patients and carers. For more information and to book, go to the Eventbrite booking site. Rare Disease Day will be marked for the 10th year on 28 February 2017. People living with or affected by a rare disease, patient organisations, politicians, carers, medical professionals, researchers and industry will come together in solidarity to raise awareness of rare diseases.

TRITON grant announcement

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:21

Professor Spiller and a team of experts from the Neurogastroenterology & Motility Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology who are based in 12 major research centres in the UK have been awarded a £2.1M grant from the National Institute of Health Research Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (NIHR EME) Programme to perform a clinical trial entitled "Treatment of IBS with diarrhoea with Titrated Ondansetron (TRITON)”. The trial will be coordinated from the Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit and the mechanistic studies will involve specialist centres in Leeds, University College London and Barts and the London Hospital. Recruitment is expected to start in autumn 2017.

The trial offers a great opportunity for two specialist registrars to obtain a higher degree in the rapidly expanding field of neurogastroenterology. The trial will include studies of how ondansetron affects bowel motility and sensitivity. Understanding how ondansetron works will improve our ability to predict who will respond and will inform the development of new treatments for this common and distressing condition. One registrar will be based at QMC, Nottingham and the other at QMUL, London; both are expected to start their fully supported OOP work in September 2017. The posts will be advertised soon with full information on how to apply.

Detection of UGI cancer with a breath test

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:39

Researchers at the 2017 European Cancer Conference have reported that work funded by the NIHR has the potential to achieve earlier diagnosis of oesophageal and stomach cancer. They have developed a breath test to detect the levels of five chemicals previously shown to differ between patients with stomach or oesophageal cancer and patients with upper gastrointestinal symptoms without cancer. The new research aimed to test whether this ‘chemical signature’ that seemed to typify cancer could be the basis of a diagnostic test. See the Conference news report and the NIHR news report for more details.

An introduction to Thames Valley & South Midlands LCRN

Monday, 13 February 2017 17:02

Are you in Thames Valley or South Midlands? Would you like to learn about your local Clinical Research Network? If so, a short seminar is being held from 10-10:30 on 02 March 2017 and again from 10-10:30 on 06 April 2017 to help you understand the local structures, funding, targets and objectives and introduce you to the CRN. After your request (via the links given) has been approved, you'll receive instructions for joining the relevant meeting. For further information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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