Dr Miles Parkes is a consultant gastroenterologist leading a research project, IBD BioResource, part-funded by Crohn's & Colitis UK

As a consultant gastroenterologist, Dr Miles Parkes is leading a major research programme to identify the genetic differences that play a part in Crohn's and Colitis to help researchers better understand the causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and develop better treatments and, ultimately, a cure. 

The money that we got from Crohn’s & Colitis UK really allowed us to participate in what became one of the seminal genetics studies of the last decade.  

The IBD BioResource is a national genetic database which holds clinical and genetic information from 25,000 patients with Crohn’s or Colitis recruited UK-wide. 

Pushing these boundaries, particularly through the IBD BioResource, is to take these genetics studies to the next level and allows us to translate this new research knowledge to make a real impact on the care of our patients with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

This pioneering research was made possible as a result of a staggering £100,000, fundraised by the Prior family when James Prior undertook an epic challenge to row the Atlantic in support of his son, Fergus, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when he was five year’s old. This unlocked a £1 million research grant.

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