Cheers to research in Dublin

Thank you Dublin, and thank you ACPGBI!

Our research is made possible by so many people, and at this year’s annual meeting, huge numbers of them came together under one roof.

Surgeons, nurses, patients, fellow charities and industry partners gathered to focus on what we all care about most – tackling bowel disease and improving people’s lives.

For BDRF, it was an incredible few days.

We proudly launched our 10 year impact report, and found out the hopes & fears of conference for the next 10.

We showcased groundbreaking research at our exhibition stand and signed up new hospitals to trials that will change lives.

Research projects made possible through the generosity of our supporters were making waves right around the conference centre.

And most importantly, patients played a key role – organising sessions and presenting our first ever patient-led colorectal study.

Here’s a roundup:

Award winning ELF..

Emergency bowel surgery is more dangerous for older patients – yet they are the most likely to need it.

The ELF Study, funded by BDRF in 2017, aimed to improve their care.

At conference, ELF took home the British Journal of Surgery’s best paper prize for their publication in the Annals of Surgery. ELF’s findings call for frailty scoring to become standard practice in emergency surgery for older patients and are a vital piece of evidence as we work to look after the most vulnerable.

All eyes are now on the next stage of the work, which is currently in development. You can read more about the first phase here.

Seeing the future with 2020 Vision

Tripartite 2020 Vision represents the next stage of the groundbreaking BDRF/ACPGBI Delphi research prioritisation. Encompassing the specialist associations of America, Australasia and Europe work is well underway to define global research priorities and make sure we’re tackling the issues that matter to patients right round the world.

One of the most vibrant sessions of conference featured studies that are already underway under the 2020 Vision banner.

Studies presented aimed to improve management of acute diverticulitis, help people recover from bowel cancer surgery, understand the experiences of expectant mothers with a stoma and much more. We also saw an update on vital work to understand patient & professionals’ attitude towards robotic surgery – and how this is changing the global healthcare landscape.

Keep your eyes peeled for more updates, and roll on Auckland 2020!













Let’s talk about sex ACP…

ACPGBI’s Patient Liaison Group weren’t being shy this year – hosting a discussion dedicated to the subject of sex after colorectal surgery.

It’s something we Brits are famously reluctant to discuss, but what became clear very quickly was that if we don’t – especially in the context of our health and happiness – the consequences can be devastating.

A huge thank you to all the speakers, especially the PLG themselves, whose stories genuinely brought us out in laughter and close to tears in equal measure.

And if there’s one message to take away it’s this: Never be afraid to talk about intimacy and its importance, whichever side of the consulting table you sit on.

Papers that changed the world – BDRF lecture by Prof Ronan O’Connell

This year, the annual BDRF lecture was delivered by colorectal surgery legend and former BDRF Trustee Professor Ronan O’Connell.

It’s not always easy to see how research studies directly lead to changes in people’s everyday lives – especially as the findings are so often published in academic journals with little wider fanfare.

But as Prof O’Connell explained – the effects of these papers are massive, with far-reaching implications across the world for those that have the biggest impact.

Papers like the BDRF-funded OnCoRe study, published in the Lancet Oncology, have led to life-changing developments in clinical practice where many rectal cancer patients will avoid radical surgery altogether. Papers like Dreams, recommending widespread use of a particular drug in surgery to aid recover, have been taken up into global practice.

Massive thanks to Prof O’Connell for his talk, a worthy recipient of this year’s BDRF medal.











MASH launches to improve care for patients with bowel obstruction due to hernia

The BDRF funded NASBO study collected vital data on thousands of patients suffering small bowel obstruction. One of their most concerning findings was that people with bowel obstruction due to hernia seemed to have much worse outcomes, including fatalities, than others.

The Management of Acutely Symptomatic Hernias study (MASH) will collect new data specifically on these patients to understand why they have such concerningly bad outcomes to treatment, and find out what can be done to improve this.

48 hospitals worldwide are already signed up to take part. If you’d like to be involved – sign up in moments here.

More to come…

As you can see, it was a packed conference and there’s much more we’ve not yet mentioned. Keep your eyes on our news page for more developments. Videos of important research sessions will become available, and we’ll be posting them here.

We’ll also introduce the two newly appointed colorectal surgical specialty leads Dale Vimalachandran and Susan Moug, and pay tribute to their predecessor Simon Bach.

Thanks for reading and cheers for now!