The problems facing patients with a gut disorder and how research aims to improve treatment are the subject of a film premiered at the Cambridge Science Festival on 18th March 2019.

Many of the patients who related their personal experiences of living with bowel disease came through Bowel & Cancer Research's Patient and Public Involvement Programme, People and Research Together (PaRT).

Speakers at the Cambridge Science Festival

Speakers for the festival session were Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge, Dr Ewan St John Smith, and his colleague, Post Doctorate scientist Jim Hockley, who have been carrying out research into how the sensory nervous system senses what’s going on in the gut and how this system changes in diseases to produce pain. The research is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and Dr St John Smith also has a grant from Bowel & Cancer Research.

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Gut Reaction at the Cambridge Science Festival

Their festival appearance, titled ‘Gut Reaction’, was on March 18 at 7.30pm, and included a 12-minute film which features patients and clinicians and outlines what research is being carried out to further understanding of gut function and to guide future therapeutic strategies.

View the film here:

After the film Dr Dervila Glynn of Cambridge Neuroscience moderated an open debate for almost 400 guests with a panel of experts, including Bowel & Cancer Research Chief Executive Deborah Gilbert.

Lesley Booth, PPI Lead at Bowel & Cancer Research, is pleased that the charity is able to help shine a light on the debilitating effect of gut disorders.

Bowel & Cancer Research funds the best science nationally, shining a light on new ideas and supporting the experts of the future.

"At the heart of our mission are the tens of thousands of patients who live with bowel disorders whose voices are rarely heard, so it’s great to see the issues which blight their lives aired at such a prestigious event."

The Cambridge Science Festival took place from March 11th - 24th 2019:

Read more about our Patient and Public Involvement Programme here.