I had a routine check up with my crohn’s consultant today at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital – everything is steady, thank goodness – and at the end of my session I was invited to take part in a research project, which I readily agreed to. The research is being carried out by the genetics department of St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester and has three main aims:
- To identify the genes important in (IBD) inflammatory bowel disease
- To see if changes in genes are an important factor in how people with IBD respond to treatment
- To look at metabolites in the blood to see whether these can tell the researchers why some people develop IBD
I gave a small sample of blood (10 mls) and answered some basic questions about my health – it took about 10 minutes.
This research project is going to take about 5 years and the results will be published in medical health journals and made available to practitioners.
Fingers crossed this research will be able to shed some light on the genetic origins of IBD.
For more information about this study you can contact Dr Bill Newman, Department of Clinical Genetics, St Mary’s Hospital, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0JH tel: 0161 2766264.