Bowel Research UK

Bowel Research UK is dedicated to finding effective treatments for all forms of bowel disease. Patients, their carers, and members of the public are at the heart of our charity – shaping,  implementing, and driving forward the research that is funded by Bowel Research UK.

Who are we?

Bowel Research UK (BRUK) was formed this year through the merger of Bowel Disease Research Foundation with Bowel and Cancer Research. Together we have invested over £9 million directly into research projects tackling bowel cancer and bowel disease.

How do we drive research?

BRUK exists to fund the best science and strive towards a world where no one should die of bowel cancer or be held back by chronic bowel disease.

  • We have discovered new ways of doing things, set up audits & data registries that improve patient care, and enabled the growth of life-changing clinical trials.
  • A further £2.4 million of our funding helped establish the National Bowel Research Centre at Queen Mary University of London. The human tissue laboratory there is discovering genuine firsts in the hunt for better treatments and potential cures, and attracting millions in commercial research funding.
  • Alongside the Association of Coloproctology for Great Britain & Ireland, we helped to fund the creation of Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Specialty Leads – driving an explosion in surgical research trials both within the UK & globally.

Involving Patients in Research

Our initiatives to enhance patient involvement in research have been revolutionary – making sure patients themselves are the people setting our research agenda and designing studies. Through these, we have unlocked research funding for large scale clinical trials from major funders like the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Cancer Research UK and the Medical Research Council. At Bowel Research UK we work proactively with policymakers at every level to make sure our research drives real change, converting evidence into practice as quickly and effectively as possible.

Learn more about our research projects here.