Research that
makes an impact

Over the past ten years we have been funding research that has played a big part in the understanding of bowel disease.

We have discovered new ways of doing things, developed audits to improve care, helped change clinical practice and have enabled the growth of major clinical trials.

Find out more about our work below and also how you can get involved in helping research happen today to make sure we continue to make an impact for years to come….

Our vision is a world where bowel
disease is eradicated

Our mission is to develop clinical
practice and improve patient outcomes

You can help us make this happen

Here is how our work has made a difference already

BDRF research projects 2008 - 2018






Different Locations




Projects into
Bowel Cancer


Projects into
Bowel Disease


Projects into
Bowel Disorders


Publications in
Peer Review

Here is a selection of the impact
that our work has made between
2008 and 2018.

Our research is backed by the leading professionals working in bowel disease
– The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland

Research that gets results, develops clinical practice and improves outcomes for patients

Research Trial Recruiters 2010 – 2013

Working together with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to help drive recruitment in colorectal surgical clinical trials

  • FIAT
  • CReST
  • Dreams
  • EnROL
  • TREC
  • eTHos
  • PulMiCC

BDRF funding paid for dedicated staff to
recruit patients into trials to progress
surgical research

“The Bowel Disease Research foundation have been utterly fantastic. They were quick to recognise the research mandate provided by this initiative and have focused their strategy upon answering Delphi questions. The NIHR have already funded three major Delphi initiatives, PREPARE ABC (James Hernon), CIPHER (Neil Smart) and ALLEGRO (Hugh Paterson). Cancer Research UK have funded the international STARTREC study exploring organ-sparing treatment for early rectal cancer (Simon Bach and David Sebag-Montefiore).”

Simon Bach

Royal College of Surgeons(England)
Subspecialty Lead for Colorectal Surgery

Delphi Project 2013 – 2018

Defining the priorities in bowel disease research

The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland along with BDRF developed the “Delphi Project” between 2013 and 2018.

This project brought together hundreds of patients and surgeons, charities and advocacy groups with one bold aim –
to single out the areas of most urgent and unmet need in bowel disease research.

BDRF funded the patient and public involvement session which shaped
the prioritisation of research.
We also funded 19 projects to start answering those questions

See a full list of projects and a list of publications here:

Collaborating with
industry partners

Align your business with the leading experts working in colorectal surgical research

Our research is peer reviewed by The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland

Our research is automatically placed on the NIHR Portfolio

Industry-sponsored research delivered by an unbiased team and funded in a “hands-off” capacity

Many of our projects lead on to major clinical trials that have helped develop clinical practice

“Without Bowel Disease Research Foundation there  would be far less of a chance of finding a cure to these often life long and debilitating conditions.

BDRF looks at the impact of these diseases from the patients perspective which is most welcome.  If you happen to be a sufferer of one of these conditions,  the fact a cure is being sought, is reassuring to say the least.

That is why I support BDRF. ”

a patient involved in our research programmes