Lead researcher: Professor Shaji Sebastian (Hull University Hospitals)

PREPARE-IBD is a UK-based study that aimed to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the treatment of Crohn’s and Colitis flare-ups. As well as the impact of COVID-19 on people with Crohn’s or Colitis. Over 60 hospitals around the UK contributed data to this study, and they recruited a total of 5,657 people with the conditions.

As part of this work, Professor Sebastian also ran the project PROTECT-ASUC, which is investigating how acute severe Ulcerative Colitis (severe flare requiring urgent treatment in hospital) is being managed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The results from these studies are currently under review ahead of publication and will be released shortly, for more information visit the PREPARE-IBD website