Ten years of impact in bowel disease research

Today we proudly launch our 10-year Impact Report.

Our aim is to give you a feel for the impact our work has made since 2008 for people with bowel disease.

We have funded

96 projects

374 researchers

271 different locations.

That’s not bad going for a small medical research charity that employs just two people.

In recent years we’ve managed to increase our income from £300k in 2015 to £540k in 2018 and are on course to reach £650k in 2019.

This has all been possible due to developing new partnerships with other charitable organisations, industry partners and foundations.

The impact our work has made over the past 10 years has been remarkable. The main focus of our work has centred around bowel cancer. As you must know by now it is the second biggest killer of all cancers globally behind only lung cancer.

We’ve helped to improve outcomes for people with inoperable bowel cancer that has spread to the liver, developed personalised cancer treatments and enabled thousands of patients with rectal cancer to avoid having surgery that could have had detrimental repercussions.

Our work has helped to drive changes to clinical practice through funding work to improve abdominal surgery and also helped establish national guidelines for acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding.

We also helped to start the now globally successful GRANULE project that educates medical students on how best to recruit patients into clinical trials – embedding surgical research in hospitals around the world.

BDRF firmly believes in putting the patient at the very forefront of research and our Patient and Public Involvement work with the Association of Coloproctology is second to none.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here is how one patient tells us why she supports our work:

“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 patient’s 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.”

Lorraine – a patient involved in our research programmes

So, with ten years of research already underway and making great progress for people with bowel disease we would like to invite you to help us.

We urgently need funds to help ensure our research continues to make an impact.

If you would like to support our work by making a monthly donation we would be most grateful, and so would people like Lorraine who directly benefit from the research that we fund.

You may well work in a business that shares our mission to drive change in clinical practice and improve patient outcomes. We’d be delighted to come and talk with you about how our research can help.  Why not contact our  CEO, Peter Rowbottom and he’ll be happy to discuss further.

Please do help us spread the word by promoting this report on your social media channels.

Thank you for your support – we could not have achieved this impact without you.