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Julie Cornish

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Mrs Julie Cornish is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. She has a specialist interest in pelvic floor health, which has led to her leading studies into low anterior resection syndrome (LARS). 80% of patients who have surgery to remove cancers in the lower bowel (near the rectum) have problems with bowel control. The symptoms of LARS include needing to go to the loo frequently and urgently, incontinence, and constipation. 

Mrs Cornish was awarded a grant by Bowel Research UK to conduct the POLARiS study, which investigates different types of treatment for LARS, including a “optimised conservative management (lifestyle advice, dietary changes, medication and physiotherapy), washing out the back passage, and sacral nerve stimulation. 

Based on the pilot study funded by Bowel Research UK, Mrs Cornish and the POLARiS team have been awarded £1.8 million pounds by the National Institute for Health Research to conduct a larger version of the trial. 

Learn more about the POLARiS trial here: www.bowelresearchuk.org/research-hub/polaris/ 

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Mr Frank McDermott is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Cancer lead for the Genomics Medicine Service Alliance in Southwest England. His grant with Bowel Research UK why some patients with diverticulitis experience serious complications such as blood infection, while others have milder disease. 

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