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    East of England IBD Family Information Day CAMBRIDGE Saturday 12th November 2016

    Listen to presentation and ask questions directly to specialists who treat children with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative …

    Grace’s design to change attitudes for those that use a disabled toilet.

    “Before, and during, diagnosis, Grace sometimes needed me beside her during toilet trips, as they could take a long peri…

    THANK YOU to all the Charitable Trusts and Companies who have supported CICRA in 2016 with a donation or grant.

    The generous donations and grants we receive from Charitable Trusts and Companies allows us to offer support and informa…

    Just announced! CAMBRIDGE will be the venue for our next IBD Family Information Day on Saturday 12th November.

    Would you like to meet and chat to other families who have a child with IBD?

    Have you ever left clinic and remembered…

    Our Work

    CICRA is the only UK registered charity formed solely to support the ever increasing number of children and young adults with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease – IBD) and their families.  When the charity was formed in 1978 there were no paediatricians specialising in Crohn’s and Colitis in children so CICRA  set up a Fellowship Scheme and many of the leading doctors treating children and young people throughout the UK today have had their specialist training through this scheme.  CICRA continues to offer this opportunity to young doctors  wishing to specialise in gastroenterology.

    To support the families CICRA offers literature, telephone help, a ‘Can’t Wait’ toilet card, an E-Pal scheme for children and parents and organises family IBD information days  in all regions of the UK.  This gives  families, children and young  adults the opportunity to ‘meet the specialists’ in small discussion groups and importantly for children and young people to be able to mix with others in their own age group.

    CICRA also supports other peer reviewed medical and scientific research, through three further funding streams, aimed at finding more effective treatments and an eventual cure for Crohn’s and Colitis






    Funding Opportunities

    Following our annual call for funding applications we are pleased to announce that after a rigorous peer review process the following grants were awarded.   CICRA’s  total current commitment to research into Inflammatory Bowel Disease is almost £1million.

    A Dave Casson three year Research Fellowship was awarded  to Drs Matt Zilbauer and Rob Heuschkel at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge,   a three year PhD Studentship to Dr Mairi McLean of Aberdeen University and a 2 year Project Grant to Professor Deborah Christie at UCHL

    Bursary Grants 2016

    Applications for the annual John Earnshaw Award of £1,000 are invited from CICRA funded Research Fellows, and others in training in the UK in the area of Paediatric IBD, specifically to help with costs of attending UK and International scientific/educational congresses.

    Applications are also invited all year round from UK based health professionals, and students involved in IBD research, for a Bursary Grant of up to £400 to help with costs of attending related training courses or attending scientific/medical meetings.

    For further details please CLICK HERE.