Autumn Update from the Research and Audit Committee

Posted 26 October 2015 in

2015 has been an exciting research year for ACPGBI. The Delphi research strategy started with publication of our research priorities and then moved on to proactive planning of how to take those questions forward. We started with a consultation exercise in March 2016 to establish a patient perspective on the Delphi questions. This event was followed by the largest ever public prioritisation of bowel disease research at DDF when a joint meeting supported by the Bowel Disease Research Foundation and CORE saw 270 participants independently prioritise the Delphi research questions.

With the support of BDRF and the Royal College of Surgeons (Eng), we have hosted a series of brainstorming sessions throughout this year, bringing together potential collaborators and patients to advise the Delphi Research Champions on how best to bring research questions to fruition. We have strategic plans in place to develop a wide range of research projects that we hope ACPGBI members will continue to support in the years ahead. Many of these will be showcased at the Annual Meeting in Edinburgh in July 2016.

Delphi Champions and groups may now apply by formal letter to the Honorary Treasurer, ACPGBI, for a grant of up to £1000 per question to facilitate follow-up meetings, systematic reviews, consensus proposals, or preliminary work in methodology or trial design. Applications will be assessed on their merits.

2016 will see workshops on improving grant applications, recommendations for potential funders and consolidation of new ideas. Please do lend your support to the following initiatives from groups working on Delphi questions – every ACPGBI Member may play a part.

Attitudes to surgery for metastatic colorectal cancer confined to the liver:

Consensus on current best surgical practice for managing perianal Crohn’s disease:

Please complete attached pdf and return to Mr Matthew Lee, Clinical Research Fellow, Dept of General Surgery, First Floor, Old Nurses Home, Northern General Hospital, Herries Road, Sheffield, S5 7AU.
Crohn’s questionnaire

Early detection of anastomotic leak by using CRP as a prediction tool:

CRP has been proposed as a means of aiding decision making in the post-operative period. This study examines the use of CRP in the post-operative period.

We look forward to exciting times in the coming months as the various Delphi projects take shape. With many thanks for your support, and kind regards,

Nicola Fearnhead

Chair, Research & Audit Committee