Eric Douglin was diagnosed with diverticulitis two years ago, leading to his bowel rupturing and developing sepsis. In this emergency situation, he underwent surgery to have a stoma created and was told he would have died within twelve hours had it been left any later.
Dr Madusha Peiris is a Lecturer in Neuroscience at Queen Mary University of London. Her research centres on how the nervous system in the gut controls digestive function and the ways it is impacted by the environment. This includes work on appetite regulation and how pain is sensed within the gut.
On his work with Bowel Research UK, Eric says: “Without the work Bowel Research UK funds I would not be here today to share my journey with other people.”
Madusha talks about the importance of inclusive research: “We try really hard to get a whole range of people into our studies, so men and women, people from different ethnic backgrounds because the more we have a diverse background of people, the better it is in terms of getting data that is applicable to everybody rather than a single population.”
Read more about Dr Peiris’ work here:
Watch Eric and Madusha discuss the difficulties of talking about health issues within the Black community and the importance of conducting research that includes people of different genders and from different ethnic backgrounds.