Centre for Inflammation Research

Healing Damaged Guts in Inflammatory Bowel Disease - From the Doctor, Patient and Scientist

February 2020 - A packed auditorium hall listened to Gwo-tzer Ho, Kris McGuire and Emily Thompson give an impactful lecture on our current research towards new treatments in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

In this 'Let's Talk about Health' public lecture, our 3 researchers provided a comprehensive review on gut biology, current understandings of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis and how basic science discoveries in our laboratory have now reached major trials. These human trials (MARVEL, Mini MARVEL and MUSIC) are trying to find better ways to treat IBD in adults and children. Kris McGuire, a postdoctoral researcher at CIR, gave fantastic insights into how her role as a patient helped the design of current clinical trials. Emily Thompson spoke about her early experience as a PhD student, discovering new biomarkers for IBD. Gwo-Tzer closed the evening by highlighting the growth of IBD research, with more than 20 research scientists now linked to the project. He thanked the patients (many in the audience) for taking part and shaping our research. The fantastic evening was a huge success with many members of the audience engaging with all our speakers long after the end of the talk.

The presentation was done in an engaging style - it would be good for a TV documentary

Feedback from a talk attendee

Want to find out more? 

Our Gut Unit is currently looking for a person living with Ulcerative Colitis to be a Research Champion for the MARVEL trial. If you are interested in taking part, tale a look at the Crohn's and Colitis UK website.

Visit the Research Champion page on the Crohn's and Colitis UK website 

Take a look at current gastro-intestinal trials at the University of Edinburgh