Azmina is an independent patient representative with over a decade of experience partnering in clinical research, health services research, audit and service improvement within the fields of colorectal surgery and gastroenterology.

She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease aged 10, and subsequently with surveillance-detected high grade dysplasia aged 25. She lives with a permanent ileostomy further to panproctocolectomy surgery aged 25.

Azmina presently co-chairs the Public and Patient Group (PPG) of the CRUK Bowel Cancer Intelligence Hub programme and serves on American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Expert Panels for Resource Stratified Guidelines on Colorectal Cancer.

Her most recent collaborations include the National Audit of Small Bowel Obstruction (NASBO), International Consensus on Low Anterior Resection Syndrome (LARS), NIHR GlobalSurg international surgical trials collaborative, LaCeS (emergency laparoscopic vs open abdominal surgery randomized controlled trial; and IBD-BOOST (NIHR-funded programme of interventional studies in Inflammatory Bowel Disease).

Azmina was previously a Trustee of the Bowel Disease Research Foundation, a Trustee of Crohn’s and Colitis UK and a member of the Patient Liaison Group of the ACPGBI.