Take part in research

Crohn’s and Colitis UK aims to raise awareness of the importance of research and encourage people affected by IBD to consider taking part as research participants.

Research is vital in helping us to improve existing services and treatments and discover new ones, as well as showing what doesn’t work. It’s especially important for those with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis as the IBD Audit indicates that there are low levels of participation in IBD research.

There are pros and cons to taking part in a research study or clinical trial. You may receive a new treatment before it becomes available widely while being monitored closely at the same time. The treatment may have unexpected side effects. If you take part in a randomised clinical trial then you will not be able to select which treatment you receive. You are free to withdraw from a trial at any point, and this will not be held against you. Further information on patient participation in research is available from NHS Choices and National Institute of Health Research.

If you are interested in taking part in IBD research ask your consultant or nurse specialist or GP about suitable trials or studies. Ongoing trials can be found on our website below, or at IBD Clinical Trials, UK Clinical Trials Gateway and Clinical Research Networks. Trials listed on our website must meet specific criteria for inclusion. 

If you are a researcher and would like your research to be considered please email research@crohnsandcolitis.org.uk.