Research projects

We are funding four other incredible research projects.

We are delighted to announce that we have awarded funding to four research projects at the end of 2021, for a total of £318,000. This was three times the amount projected last spring, thanks to the generosity of our incredible donors, fundraisers and those who left us a legacy.

Our 2021 open call was very competitive and we received a number of high quality applications. Each application has been assessed by our jury and has undergone rigorous external peer review in accordance with the guidelines of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).

The four successful projects will begin in early 2022 and aim to have a significant impact on the lives of people with dementia. Crohns and Colitis.


Impact of biological therapy on SARS-COV-2 infection and immunity (CLARITY IBD)

Dr Tariq Ahmad – Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Reward: £43,427.42

Duration: 10 months

This study will help us begin to understand the impact of long COVID on people with Crohn’s disease and colitis, which could help shape services to support people with IBD who develop long COVID.

learn more about this study

Molecular classification of patients with ulcerative colitis to enable personalized medicine – a feasibility cohort study

Dr Matthias Friedrich – University of Oxford

Reward: £76,988.28

Duration: 24 months

I am delighted with this unique opportunity to assess whether it is possible to introduce molecular profiling into clinical practice. This has the potential to allow for a more personalized approach to the medical treatment of ulcerative colitis, which could lead to improved quality of life for patients.

learn more about this study

Using Machine Learning to Predict Gut Inflammation in Asymptomatic Relatives of Crohn’s Disease Patients

Dr Natalie Prescott – King’s College London

Reward: £99,754

Duration: 24 months

We want to find a better way to identify relatives of Crohn’s disease patients who are most likely to develop the disease themselves, so they can be treated earlier to reduce long-term complications.

learn more about this study

Feasibility study to assess the implementation of systematic mental health screening and online guided cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) suitable for the treatment of anxiety and depression in IBD in a large ward NHS gastroenterology

Dr. Federica Picariello and Prof. Rona Moss-Morris

Reward: £98,571.18

Duration: 18 months

Despite the fact that anxiety and depression (low mood) are common and debilitating in people with Crohn’s disease and colitis, treatment is rarely offered on a routine basis. Through this project, we hope to begin a transformation, so that mental health support is integrated with other routine treatments for people living with Crohn’s disease and colitis.

Our vision is that 1) depression and anxiety are regularly controlled and 2) treatment options for these are readily available according to individual needs and preferences, including COMPASS – a digital treatment program with a minimal support from a qualified healthcare professional, for patients with mild to moderate levels of anxiety and/or depression.

learn more about this study


We look forward to sharing updates with you on the progress of these projects and the impact they may have on people living with Crohn’s disease and colitis.

If you would like to get involved in research, please visit our research involvement page and sign up to our community to be the first to learn about new ways to get involved.

get involved in research