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.
This document provides members with:
- An overview of the changes which have taken place in gastrointestinal and liver research over the past 8 years
- A report on the successes of the previous strategy document, including case studies
- A summary of the roles and remits of the committees and groups
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 2018 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.
BASL Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
The British Association for Study of the Liver (BASL) has set up a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), which are linked to the NIHR’s CRG topic areas and to the BSG/BASL Liver Research Development Group. The SIGs aim to promote and encourage collaborative research and clinical trials in liver disease.
Chaired by Dr Colin Rees
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.
Francis Avery Jones Award
The annual Sir Francis Avery Jones BSG Research Award encourages research by gastroenterologists working in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The award consists of an engraved medal and a prize: full registration for the whole meeting and travel and accommodation expenses as specified in their speaker entitlement letter.
You can find out more and apply, as well as view the past winners on the award page.
The BSG co-owns three journals. Gut is Europe’s highest ranked gastroenterology journal, by citation related impact factor, and the Society’s oldest title. Frontline Gastroenterology focuses on clinical aspects of Gastroenterology.
The newest addition to the portfolio is the open access journal BMJ Open Gastroenterology. The Society regularly produces guidelines on aspects of contemporary practice.
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