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Gastroenterology research in the North East and North Cumbria is improving treatments and services for people in our region

Gastroenterology is medicine focused on the digestive system and its disorders, diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, include the organs from mouth to anus, along the alimentary canal.

We support and do a wide range of studies involving:

  •  Diseases of the oesophagus and digestive tract
  •  Development and normal function of the digestive tract
  •  Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  •  Coeliac disease
  •  Gastrointestinal emergencies including bleeding
  • Patient Experience Measures for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Bowel Screening Studies
  • Advancing endoscopic practice

There are many active studies across a wide range of conditions within the gastrointestinal specialty, please click here to access the UKCRN portfolio database.

 Gastroenterology Industry Research Collaborative – Part of our work includes developing new and innovative ways to work with other research teams. We are also working to increase relationships between Industry (companies that develop treatment and drugs), Academic (Universities) and NHS Organisations. The aim of the GI Collaborative is to broaden the reach of industry research beyond the two or three NHS Organisations that have an established track record and the process more simple for study sponsors. Collaborating in this way will bring a number of benefits to the region, which in turn will benefit our patients.

All Gastroenterology teams in the  North east and North Cumbria are research active.

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) is extremely important in producing good quality research questions that incorporate service user perspective relating to areas which they feel are particularly important to research. There is a PPIE element to every study however, some areas have patient groups relating to specific diseases – The Durham constipation Clinic, based at the University Hospital of North Durham, is fortunate to have developed an established and engaged Constipation Research Advisory Group (CRAG). The group consists of patients with chronic constipation, who are willing and able to contribute to the development of relevant research. Through working with this group we benefit from the expertise and views of our patients as we develop our research ideas, ensuring they are workable, acceptable and meaningful. Our initiatives in this area go beyond the usual process of asking for feedback on study protocols and patient information. We aim to empower patients to be active partners by being involved in the development of new ideas.


Please read the below publications to find out more

A Handbook For Researchers

Patient and Public Involvement in Research and Research Ethics Committee Review

News in Gastroenterology Researchfind out more

The Gastroenterology speciality group is led by Professor Matt Rutter, Consultant Gastroenterologist who is supported by a wider team across the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) Research Network

We have Nominated leads for Gastroenterology research in each of our Trusts

  • Dr John Mansfield, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Newcastle Upon  Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation  Trust
  • Mr Arun Loganathan, Consultant Surgeon, North Cumbria Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Anthoor Jayaprakash, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Jamie Barbour, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Simon Panter, Consultant Gastroenterologist, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr David Hobday,  Consultant Gastroenterologist, City Hospitals Sunderland  NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Anjan Dhar, Consultant Gastroenterologist, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Dr Helen Dallal, Consultant Gastroenterologist, South Tees NHS Foundation Trust

Meet the Team

Professor Matt Rutter

Gastroenterology Specialty Group Lead and Consultant Gastroenterologist at North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Linda Tinkler

Gastroenterology Specialty Group Joint PPIE Link Nurse and Academic Research Nurse at County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical Trials in Gastroenterology

Select a trial from the list below to find out more about what it’s all about and how you can get involved in helping others.

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