Edinburgh leads the way in Crohn's disease research

26 January 2015

Yesterday, the Sunday Express reported on a new promising study which aims to find a cure for Crohn's disease.

Crohn's disease, a crippling stomach condition, is currently incurable. But there may be light at the end of the tunnel as Edinburgh University and Spire consultant Dr Charles Lees have started to recruit patients for one of the largest research papers to date. The team will study 5,000 people, including 1,000 British relatives of diagnosed patients for a three-year period.

Dr Lees hopes thats the genetics, environmental and microbial study of 5,000 people in the UK, Canada, US, Isreal and France will provide answers.

He added: "We think very broadly that the reason people get Crohn's is a mixture of what's going on with their genes, the environemnt and how this combination affects the bacteria we have in our intestines that are essential to our health."

Currently one in 400 people in Scotland suffer from the condition, so finding out more about the disease is promising for finding a cure.

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