We will be launching the new UK-wide IBD BioResource in early November 2015 – aiming to have our first recruits in by the end of the year and with national roll-out through 2016. This temporary website will be substantially upgraded and updated in early 2016 so please return then for more details about the IBD BioResource when much more information will be available on what the IBD BioResource is doing and how you can help us to advance research in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Recent years have seen major advances in understanding the causes of Crohn’s and colitis. This particularly relates to their genetic basis, and how genetic variants affect the immune system of people who go on to develop IBD. Much of this work has been lead by our UK IBD genetics consortium. The key challenge now is to translate this new knowledge into new treatments, and use it as a platform to drive towards a cure for IBD. This is where the IBD BioResource comes in! – allowing scientists and researchers to access groups of patients with IBD based on their known genetic make-up, so that they can ask very focused questions relating to disease mechanisms and potential new treatments.