Bowel problems affect hundreds of thousands of people and we urgently need to improve our understanding of them and find new treatments.
We want a future where no one has to live with a chronic bowel condition so we fund the best science across the UK. Our researcher teams explore improving diagnosis and treatment as well as better understanding vital biological processes so that we can use them to find new therapies.
The PhD students that we fund are supported to pursue new ideas and will become our future experts.
Here you can find out more about the research that we are funding across the UK and the new ideas that our PhD students are pioneering.
The first in depth analysis of resident memory T cells (Trm) and their role in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.Read more
Funded by our partner the Pseudo Obstruction Research Trust, this project aims to gather vital genetic data for research.Read more
This study will examine the effect of an IBS therapy to understand its mechanism to treat pain without side effects of constipation.Read more
This study is looking for the key genes involved in driving the response of the immune system in Crohn's disease.Read more
Can healthy tissue be engineered to replace that damaged by Ulcerative Colitis?Read more
Our new PhD seeks to understand how nutrient sensing changes at a molecular level in obese humans.Read more
Our new PhD aims to establish the relationship between IBS and EDS in order to improve care.Read more
Our new PhD aims to improve treatments for babies born with Hirschprung's, a rare but life threatening bowel condition.Read more
When bowel is rejoined after surgery, in 1 in 10 cases it doesn't heal properly and a leak happens in the body.Read more
Obesity is a growing public health problem in developed countries. Can we find ways to suppress appetite without need for surgery?Read more
Stem cell transplantation has been shown to provide benefits for patients but can have serious side effects. Can we predict who will do well?Read more
Our PhD student Michael Tranter is using insights from our Crohn's pain project to investigate better treatment for pain in Ulcerative ColitisRead more
This study is pinpointing the pain sensing nerves in the bowel to find better pain relief treatments for Crohn's patients.Read more
Our PhD student, Valentina Passananti, is supporting people with IBS to find effective ways to self manage their condition.Read more
Often individuals with a condition called Bile Acid Malabsorption are mistakenly diagnosed with IBS or Inflammatory Bowel Disease.Read more
We need healthy volunteers for this study which will define the range for normal bowel function.Read more