A BDRF Trustee talks Crohns, research & travel

Professor Bob Arnott is a long-serving BDRF Trustee – but there’s a lot more to him than that! Bob has lived with Crohn’s disease since his teens, travelled the world as an archaeologist & historian and boasts an extensive career in the worlds of academia, charity & public affairs.

We caught up with him to discuss his support for research and how it makes a difference to people’s lives:

Can you give us a short biography about you & your experiences?

I am an academic archaeologist and medical historian at the University of Oxford, where I am an Fellow of Green Templeton College. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 17 and I have experienced fifteen operations, including having my ileostomy re-sited twice. I am now a Trustee and Secretary of the BDRF and Chairman of the Patient Liaison Group of the ACPGBI.

If there’s one thing you want to know about bowel disease – what would it be?

When will we discover the aetiology of Crohn’s Disease – and develop a cure for it?

What does ‘successful’ research look like – and what would it mean for you?

Successful research in the field of colorectal surgery is where the outcomes benefit patients and their quality of life. I am also not averse to the outcomes furthering the careers of researchers; successful research breeds successful research.

What are your hopes and fear for bowel disease research?

Hopes – that we will achieve a cure for IBD in my lifetime. Fears – none!

Why do you think someone should support the Bowel Disease Research Foundation?

Because only by properly structured and funded research will we achieve our goals. This research costs money.