Welcome to #auguts 2023!

No bowel condition should be hard to talk about or hard to fund. Let’s get comfortable with the uncomfortable.

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Our Research

We fund cutting-edge medical research projects that have the potential to go from the laboratory bench all the way through to the patient’s bedside.  Currently we fund 59 research projects but are looking to grow this number as we raise new funds.

The charity, guided by experienced Trustees along with our Grants Committee and Scientific Advisory Committee, that include practising bowel surgeons and other senior health professionals, carefully evaluates applications for funding from individual academic researchers and small research teams that have the potential to become breakthrough cures and treatments for bowel disorders.

Bowel Research UK is not risk averse. We actively support promising but early stage projects that typically do not come within the orbit of other funding sources. The bulk of our individual grants are around £50,000 which is usually sufficient for proof of concept.  We are also keen to support the next generation of bowel disease experts and to this end we fund annually PhD awards.

Our goal is to fund our projects through to the point where larger funding bodies, including commercial pharmaceutical companies, can add their financial muscle and developmental expertise to achieve scale. Out of tiny acorns mighty oak trees grow.

42,000 people diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK 300,000 people in the UK are living with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) 1 million people live with a serious bowel condition £9million we've invested in research over the past 10 years

#auguts stories

We’re highlighting topics that are difficult to talk about and research that’s hard to fund. Read and watch stories from bowel cancer and bowel disease patients and researchers.


I was born 8 weeks premature with Intestinal Malrotation. My understanding is they weren’t sure what was causing me the pain as a newborn, being premature too. When surgery was eventually done it was found my bowels had twisted. Corrective surgery was done. I was christened in the hospital as it wasn’t looking great.

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I have diverticular disease on the right side of my body and I believe only a few people have it on this side.

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Frank McDermott

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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Share your #auguts story

Join the #auguts campaign by sharing your own story via video or the written word! We are looking for videos and stories about difficult conversations people have had about their bowel condition, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, or anything else related. Our Patient and Public Involvement Manager Sam Alexandra Rose has created her own video as an example, which you can see below to give you some ideas.

Your video or written story will appear on our website and be shared on our social media channels. Please include your social media handles if you feel comfortable with us tagging you when we share your story. Videos may be edited slightly, for example by adding captions or putting several videos together, or adding our logo. Take a look at this guide for some tips on filming video on your phone. If you have any questions, email sam@bowelresearchuk.org.

    Please use the field below to attach your story as a word document or video as well as accompanying photos

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