The purpose of the BSG Research Committee is to stimulate the quantity and quality of basic, translational and clinical gastrointestinal and liver research conducted in the United Kingdom, with particular reference to clinical research and widespread involvement of Society members. Any member interested in becoming involved in research should contact a member of the Committee. Follow us on Twitter over on our new research account @ResearchBSG.

BSG Research Strategy 2021-2024 

The BSG is delighted to publish this Research Strategy 2021-24, which builds on work done over many years and provides an update since the last strategy was published in 2018. 

This document has been written for the BSG membership, for patients and carers, for our charity partners, for our colleagues at the National Institute for Health Research and their Clinical Research Networks, and for funders of the important research we do in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. This strategy will outline the key priorities for each of the clinical research groups and also our three overarching priorities.

Read the BSG Research Strategy 2021-2024 here.

About BSG Clinical Research Groups

Clinical Research Groups (CRGs) have been formed covering Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Food & Function, and Liver. Their aim is to increase the quality and quantity of clinical GI and liver research in the UK. The Food & Function CRG was formed to cover areas formerly within the remit of the Small Bowel & Nutrition and Neurogastroenterology & Motility Groups, with the addition of relevant pancreas-related research. Cancer Diagnosis & Prevention is expected to be covered within the current Groups and elsewhere and thus is no longer covered by a separate Group.

In 2010, each CRG submitted two to three research priorities or unmet clinical needs that most warranted research funding in their field, which laid the foundation for the National Clinical Research Strategy. This Research Strategy has been revised in 2021 to reflect changes in the clinical research landscape.

The CRGs meet in person and by phone and welcome input from those interested in carrying out research. Contact information for the Leader of each CRG can be found below.

View current CRG member lists.

BSG AI Task Force

The AI Task Force is a group of BSG members who have a specialist interest in the rapidly developing area of artificial intelligence as it applies to gastrointestinal medicine.  The Group is under the auspices of the Research Committee.

The group was formed in 2021 and includes over 30 members who meet four times a year. The focus is to identify the key needs of gastroenterologists and their patients in service delivery, research, and teaching. The group has formed special interest groups (SIGs) in each of these areas, as well as SIGs for natural language processing (NLP) and disease-specific areas including inflammatory bowel disease. The quarterly plenary meetings ensure that all the groups continue to work together for the common good.

Find out more.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network

The NIHR Clinical Research Network is part of the National Institute for Health Research. We provide researchers with the practical support they need to make clinical studies happen in the NHS, so that more research takes place across England, and more patients can take part. This practical support includes: reducing the “red-tape” around setting up a study; enhancing NHS resources by funding the people and facilities needed to carry out research “on the ground”; helping researchers to identify suitable NHS sites, and recruit patients to take part in research studies; advising researchers on how to make their study “work” in the NHS environment.

The network supports clinical research infrastructure throughout England, which is working towards increased access for patients to new and better treatments in the NHS. We support all therapeutic areas including Hepatology and Gastroenterology.   If you want to find out more about our Hepatology and Gastroenterology Specialties then further information can be found in the profiles below.  If you want to link with someone locally, then check out our local leads.

The INCLUDE guidance has been designed to be used in conjunction with research, particularly in the early stages of setting-up. The guidance aims to get research teams thinking about ways of making health research more inclusive and to ensure under-served cohorts are more fairly represented in health research. Click on the link below to find out more.

Trainee Research Networks

Trainee research networks are a collaborative effort to conduct high-quality multicentre audits or research that is led, designed and delivered by trainees. Our specialty has been able to produce some truly impactful research, and we look forward to future work and collaborations.

Check out the currently active trainee networks within gastroenterology and hepatology here.

The Gut Microbiota for Health Expert Panel

The Gut Microbiota for Health Expert Panel represents a group of multi-disciplinary members (including primary and secondary care clinicians, microbiologists, dietitians and research scientists) with expertise and interest in the gut microbiota and its role in health and disease. The Group is under the auspices of the British Society of Gastroenterology Research Committee.

The group was formed in 2013 and now includes over 50 members who meet twice a year, arrange meetings and workshops on key topics related to the microbiota and publish articles in high impact journals, as well as writing articles to enhance understanding with the public.

Find out more

BSG Grants

The BSG is delighted to offer a wide selection of grants for members to support international projects, gastrointestinal and liver research, and more.

Check out our grants

Committee Members

Read the Research Committee Terms of Reference.

TitleFirst nameSurnamePositionAppointment Type

End of Term

ProfessorShajiSebastianCommittee ChairAppointedJun 2024
DrDebbieShawcrossCommittee Deputy ChairAppointedJun 2026
DrMattCowanBSG Elected CouncillorElected
DrManuNayarBSG Elected CouncillorElectedJun 2025
ProfessorColinReesBSG President ElectElectedJun 2026
ProfessorHelenSteedBSG Senior SecretaryElectedJun 2025
DrManuNayarCRG Chair – EndoscopyAppointedFeb 2026
DrNickKennedyCRG Chair – IBDAppointedNov 2025
DrIanRoweCRG Chair – LiverAppointed
DrVikramMitraCRG Chair PancreasAppointedDec 2025
ProfessorLaurenceLovatChair – AI Task ForceAppointed
DrRichardHansenChair GMfHAppointedJan 2025
DrMorganMoorghenSection Rep – PathologyElected2024
DrAaronBancilSection Rep – TraineeElected
MsShellieRadfordSection Rep – BSGNAElected2025
DrMassiDi PietroSection Rep – OesophagealElected2025
DrJanBornscheinSection Rep – GastroduodenalElected2025
DrAjayVermaSection Rep – ColorectalElected2025
DrJabedAhmedSection Rep – ColorectalElected2024
DrAruchunaRubanSection Rep – SB&NElected2024
DrShameerMehtaSection Rep – SB&NElected2025
DrPhilipHendySection Rep – AYPElected2025
DrGlynnScottRCN IBD nurse rep; Section Rep – IBDElected2024
DrShahidaDinSection Rep – IBDElected2025
DrJohanneBrooks-WarburtonSection Rep – SWIGElected2024
DrMohammadSaifuddinEx-officio – NIHR TraineeEx Officio
MsJulieHarringtonCEO, Guts UKEx Officio
DrLynseyCorlessSection Rep – Liver & NIHR Hepatology Speciality Group ChairEx Officio
DrRebeccaJonesBASL President to Sept 23Ex Officio
DrRichardAspinallIndustry Lead for the NIHR Hepatology NetworkEx Officio
ProfessorSimonLeedhamScientists in GastroenterologyEx Officio
DrTariqIqbalNational Specialty Group Lead, NIHREx Officio
MrsRuthWakemanDirector of Services, Policy & Evidence at Crohn’s & Colitis UKEx Officio
DrKarenKempRCN Nurse RepCo-opted2024