Joint collaborations between members of the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (BSGAR) and the BSG have led to recent grant success from the NIHR. Led by Prof Stuart Taylor and Dr Andrew Plumb, the team has been awarded £895,292 by NIHR EME to investigate “Small bowel motility quantified by cine MRI as a predictor of long term response in patients with Crohn's disease commencing biological therapy”.

The trial will recruit from 10 centers and perform dynamic cine MRI imaging of the small bowel in those commencing biological therapies for active disease. Small bowel motility is reduced by active inflammation and this can be quantified using MRI and specialist analysis software. The study will test if early improvement in small bowel motility after commencing therapy is better predictive of 1 year response or remission than CRP or calprotectin. An embedded mechanistic study led by Dr Gordon Moran will explore the relationship between gut peptides, inflammatory cytokines, aberrant small bowel motility on MRI, and patient abdominal symptoms. A team led by Prof Ailsa Hart will investigate the effect of body composition on patient response.

Co-investigators: Gordon Moran, Ailsa Hart, Alex Menys, Andrew Plumb, Stuart Bloom, Tariq Ahmad, Ilan Jacobs, Susan Tebbs, Caroline Dore, Simon Travis, Steve Halligan.