Want to become a research champion?

12 April 2021

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We believe that high quality research into Crohn's and Colitis can only happen with the involvement of people affected by the conditions. Our Research Champions help us make sure that the voices of people with Crohn’s and Colitis are heard in the UK’s most important research projects.

We fund and partner on many research projects aiming to make a real impact – and we know that the best research happens when researchers focus on what matters to people. To help bring this about, we work with our Research Champions, people living with Crohn’s or Colitis who volunteer their time to support ground-breaking research. Our research champions share their experiences and represent people affected by Crohn’s and Colitis in our partnerships with researchers across the UK. By becoming a Research Champion, you can have a very real effect on new treatments and improved lives for people with the conditions.

I became a Research Champion because I want to highlight the great and important research being done in the field of IBD. After a decade of living with Crohn’s Disease, my experiences of medications, surgeries, mental health and employment are aspect of research I want to raise awareness for.

Louise Hunt


How can you get involved?

Good news! We are currently recruiting more Research Champion to work with our research team and drive forward high-quality research, which puts people with Crohn’s and Colitis at the heart of the projects.

To hear more from our current Research Champions, read about this volunteer role, and find out how to apply head to our Research Champions page. And if you have any questions get in touch with our research team.

I have taken part in various Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research projects and I relish the opportunity to take part in IBD research. As a Research Champion I hope to increase patient and public awareness of Crohn’s & Colitis UK and encourage more patients to get involved in IBD research.

Lizzie Smith
Gut Reaction