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    Patient Research Ambassadors to improve access for patients to Clinical Research

    22nd January 2015

    The Patient Research Ambassadors Initiative (formerly Involvement4Access project) launches today with the aim of helping to open up research opportunities and choices for patients through the new role of Patient Research Ambassadors in local NHS care organisations.

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    Department of Health contract for a new national Co-ordinating Centre for the NIHR Clinical Research Network

    23rd December 2014

    The Department of Health has awarded a five-year contract for a new national Coordinating Centre for the NIHR Clinical Research Network.

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    CRN launches INSIGHT magazine

    15th December 2014

    The NIHR Clinical Research Network has today launched its new flagship magazine: Insight.

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About Gastroenterology Research

We oversee research that deals with diseases of the oesophagus, stomach, intestinal tract, liver and biliary tree, and pancreas. This means that we support a wide range of research studies such as those involving diseases of the oesophagus and digestive tract, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and studies on the development and function of the digestive tract.

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Specialty leads


Clinical Lead


Dr Massimiliano Di Pietro

East Midlands

Dr John De Caestecker

Greater Manchester

Prof John McLaughlin

North East and North Cumbria

Dr Matt Rutter

North Thames

Dr Stuart Bloom

North West Coast

Mr Sreedhar Subramanian

North West London

Dr Julian Teare


Professor Jack Satsangi

South London

Mr Richard Pollok

South West Peninsula

Dr Tariq Ahmad

Thames Valley and South Midlands

Dr Simon Travis




Dr Mike Stroud

West Midlands

Dr Matthew Brookes

West Midlands

Dr Tariq Iqbal

West of England

Prof Hugh Barr

Yorkshire and Humber

Dr Shaji Sebastian

Yorkshire and Humber

Prof Mark Hull (Chair)

Yorkshire and Humber (Administrator)

Ms Michelle Davies

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Useful links

Further information on Gastroenterology can be found on the following websites:

British Society of Gastroenterology
The British Society of Gastroenterology is an organisation focused on the promotion of gastroenterology within the United Kingdom. It has over three thousand members drawn from the ranks of physicians, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, scientists, nurses, dieticians, and others interested in the field.

Gastroenterology: Royal College of Physicians
The Royal college of Physicians support fellows and members during every stage of their career and thus improve the quality of patient care. By setting and monitoring the standards of medical training, we ensure that patients are seen by fully trained, capable doctors.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK
Crohn’s and Colitis UK is the working name for the National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (NACC). Founded in 1979, the charity has been providing information and support, funding research and fighting for change by bringing together people of all ages who have been diagnosed with IBD, their families and friends, and the professionals involved in their care.

Coeliac UK
Coeliac UK represent over 60,000 Members who have coeliac disease and/or dermatitis herpetiformis. We’re here to work on behalf of those with the condition and create change to make things better whilst providing support for everyday living and furthering our understanding through research.

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Patient, carer and public information

Patients are at the centre of our work. As a patient, carer or as a member of the public you can get involved by taking part in research, or by helping to shape research.

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Case studies

  • To endoscopy or not to endoscopy?

    The Comprehensive Clinical Research Network and the NIHR Cancer Research Network are three years into a 10-year study that monitors people with Barrett’s oesophagus; a condition that can lead to oesophageal cancer.

  • Putting it into practice

    Successive government health policies, and more recently the Coalition Government's Plan for Growth, emphasise the importance of retaining a profitable domestic life-sciences industry. This case study takes a look at how The Network has been putting this into practice locally.

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Key contacts

  • Industry enquiries

    Enquiries from the life-sciences industry

    T: +44 (0)113 34 34 555


  • Existing Portfolio enquiries - Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management, Critical care, Injuries and emergencies, Surgery, Ear, nose and throat, Infectious diseases and microbiology, Ophthalmology, Respiratory disorders, Gastroenterology and Hepatology

    Enquiries about existing studies on the NIHR CRN Portfolio


  • New portfolio enquiries

    Initial enquiries about the NIHR CRN Portfolio

    T: +44 (0)113 343 0329


  • Clinical Divisional Lead - Anaesthesia/Peri-Operative Medicine and Pain Management, Critical Care, ENT, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Injuries and Emergencies, Ophthalmology, Respiratory Disorders, Surgery

    Dr David Collins

    T: 01793 604317


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