Joint BSPGHAN/Crohn’s and Colitis UK Start-up Research Grants Awarded 2016

In 2016, BSPGHAN and Crohn’s and Colitis UK joined forces to co-fund four start-up research grants, each for £10,000, with an overall aim of encouraging research in Crohn’s and colitis in children and young people. The aim was to support preliminary research that will contribute significantly to a subsequent larger research grant proposal. There were no restrictions on the scope of applications which could be stand-alone projects or linked to one or more existing studies. All Members and Associate Members of BSPGHAN were eligible to apply.

The following four projects were supported:

  • Investigating the use of CD8+ T-cell DNA methylation profiles as disease prognostic biomarkers in paediatrics with IBD; Claire Lee, Cambridge
  • Early measurement of faecal calprotectin as a predictor of primary non-response to treatment on paediatric Crohn's disease: a pilot study; Astor Rodrigues, Oxford
  • Mechanisms of pain in paediatric IBD; Nick Croft, Barts/London
  • Exploring the inter-kingdom relationships of gut microbiota in Crohn's disease; Kostas Gerasimidis, Glasgow

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We hope to be able to run a similar joint start-up grant scheme in 2018

Stephen Allen                                                Helen Terry

Chair                                                              Director of Policy, Public Affairs &

BSPGHAN/NIHR-Children Joint                      Research

Research Working Group                              Crohn’s and Colitis UK