Gastroenterology is the study of gastrointestinal disease, which includes disease of any part of the digestive tract and also of the liver, biliary tract, and pancreas.
There are many different problems and diseases that can affect the digestive tract including:
- inflammation of the oesophagus
- Barrett’s oesophagus
- duodenal and gastric ulcers
- oesophageal bleeds
- Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (inflammatory diseases that affect the bowel).
I felt that I was giving something back to the NHS when I became involved in research.The nurses have been wonderful throughout my experience.
Our research involves new treatments, comparing medications to identify the best treatment. We look at DNA to try and identify if there is a genetic link in particular diseases, and looking at genetic links to see how patients may respond to certain medications.
It is your choice if you want to be involved in research. Being involved generally includes one or two extra visits to hospital where blood or urine samples are taken. Not all visits require patients to come into hospital some visits can be done over the telephone.
Becoming involved in research may not benefit you directly but will help others in the future.
Taking part in research can be very rewarding. Patients who want to take part will be supported through their journey by the research team.
We are very grateful to everyone who helps us by taking part in research, as we can not achieve medical advances without help from patients.