What is the Big Bowel Event?

Our Big Bowel Event is an opportunity for researchers to talk to the public about their projects and make use of their insights as patients, family and friends. Topics covered range from screening for bowel cancer, constipation, living with a stoma and inflammatory bowel disease.

When is the Big Bowel Event?

The Big Bowel Event 2019 is on Friday 4th October, 10am to 4pm.

We have chosen the same venue as last year, CCT Venues which is next door to Barbican tube station with good transport links and minimal walking from the London Underground.

Refreshments will be served throughout the day and lunch provided. Travel bursaries of up to £75 per person are available against valid travel receipts.

We are asking delegates to pay a £5 deposit to secure a place. This will be refunded when you register on the day, or can be made as a donation.

What is on at the Big Bowel Event?

The event is split into two distinct parts, with rapid 5 minute presentations in the morning followed up with longer hour long “round table” discussion sessions in the afternoon.

The morning gives an insight into the research and the opportunity for involvement. The afternoon brings academics and the public together to help to shape the best research.

There will be a wide range of projects that are seeking your involvement on the day. From understanding new polyp screening devices, to considering the role of surgery in disease management, there will be something of interest to anyone living with a bowel condition.

Our speakers represent some of the most innovative teams working in bowel research today.

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Contributors at the Big Bowel Event

Dr Peter Mountney - CEO of Odin Vision. Odin Vision is developing artificial intelligence software to improve the detection and diagnosis of cancer in gastroenterology.

Professor Gill Hubbard - from the University of Highlands and Islands. She is a behavioural scientist who is interested in improving behaviours to improve health and in particular, exercise and stoma.

Harpal Dhillon - Director of Medical Affairs and Patient Innovation at HCD Economics. Harpal will be discussing the impact of socio-economic studies on patient care.

Tim Stephens Queen Mary    

Tim StephensQuality Improvement Specialist and Nurse Researcher, Queen Mary University of London and Dr Gemma Hughes, Health Services Researcher at Oxford University, currently researching how people make decisions about major surgery. They will provide an update on how difficult decisions about surgery can be improved: The Optimising Shared decision making for high risk major surgery (OSIRIS) research programme.

Tatenda Marunda - Senior Clinical Trials Research Nurse, Queen Mary University of London. She will discuss the role of research nurses within bowel disease research.

Professor Christine Norton 

Professor Christine NortonThe CapaCiTY trial into chronic constipation. Her research concentrates on improving symptoms and quality of life in people with chronic bowel conditions. She leads an NIHR programme on managing fatigue, pain and incontinence in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Alex Menys, Motilent

Dr Alex Menys - Alex founded Motilent in 2013 to expedite collaborative research in his field of medical image analysis for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. He is particularly interested in Crohns disease patients.

Daryl Fernandes - Founder and CSO of Avenna Ltd and CEO of Ludger. He will focus on the use of precision medicine technology to help prevent and treat chronic inflammatory diseases and will be discussing this in relation to IBD. 

Vee Mapunde

Vee Mapunde - The Programme Director at NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative and she is the Lead for all bowel related projects.

Neil Barker - Ex Bowel Cancer and Crohns Disease Patient who campaigns to raise awareness of all things Bowel! Chairs newly established patient led Bowel & Cancer Research PPI/E Steering Group to support patient involvement and engagement in our work.

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