Over the last 12 months 3C's have funded the following projects:
Having funded the first stage research we funded a further £20000 to continue the research into gut cells. The research is identifying differences between cells found in normal gut cells and those from patients suffering from Crohn's and Colitis. We hope that this research will provide a significant lead into why cells react so differently in sufferers from the disease.
We continue to sponsor a research fellow at UCH with further work on the fat content of Crohn’s sufferers intestines. This is now developing into an important research area and we have received encouraging feedback from the research team. The team has been joined this year by Jack Broadhurst who has also raised funds for us by participating in a bike ride.
We have recently donated £22,000 for the purchase of Motility capsule equipment. This is not an alternative to a colonoscopy but provides vital information by way of a non-invasive scanning.
This is a research unit which has recently been extended to cover paediatric gastroenterology and has a very experienced, dedicated team. We have provided initial funding of £10000 to assist the research into bacteria in the intestines of Crohn's and Colitis sufferers.
After the very successful results from our initial funding, with important research papers, we are now providing a further £25,000 to fund laboratory time and new research which is genetics based and opens up a very exciting new avenue.