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The Dukes’ Club Collaborative is a national trainee collaborative for colorectal surgery. This has been founded by The Dukes’ Club Committee to facilitate national research led by colorectal trainees.


The first study, CLOSE-IT, investigating time to ileostomy closure after anterior resection for rectal cancer and exploring reasons for the delay has now been published in Colorectal Disease.

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DAMASCUS is an international, prospective study aiming to investigate the international variability in the presentation and index management of acute diverticulitis, and whether there is an association between index management and short and medium-term clinical outcomes.

To collaborate in DAMASCUS, please fill this form. For surgical trainees who will change hospitals in October, please use your future hospital when you fill the form.

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The IMPACT Audit

This work will identify the way in which treatment decisions are made by specialists who deal with patients with complex rectal cancer and to link these decisions to clinical and survival outcomes.

The project is in its first phase and we are seeking UK and Irish MDT units to participate in the IMPACT Audit. We would be grateful if you could complete the expression of interest form to register your unit’s interest.

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