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    Edinburgh Family Information Day, LAST REMAINING PLACES!

    Saturday 25th March, 10am until 4pm

    To secure you place call Jayne at the CICRA office.

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    IBD Family Information Day SCOTLAND, Saturday 25th March. Limited places available!

    We  invite you and your family to join us in Edinburgh for a meeting in collaboration with the Paediatric Gastroenterol…

    Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health Research Charter – guiding principles for infants, children and young people 2016

    “Working with children, young people, parents, carers and healthcare professionals, the RCPCH developed the Infants’, …

    Using mini-organs to study gut disease

    Thanks to the support of the CICRA Educational bursary, I was able to attend the international conference “Organoids -…

    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

    OPEN! Core-BSPGHAN Grant Round 2017 Deadline May 1st 2017

    CORE and BSPGHAN are co-funding a scheme to provide financial support for the collection of pilot or proof-of-concept data that will enable a high-quality competitive application to be made subsequently to a research council or other large funder. Applications are invited from established investigators planning research studies on any topic within paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.  We aim to fund 2 projects with a maximum budget of £35,000 per project and particularly welcome applications in nutrition, obesity and the microbiome. Further details and the application form can be found here:


    Applications are invited  at any time from UK based health professionals, and students involved in IBD research, for CICRA bursary grants of up to £400 to help with costs for attending scientific/medical meetings or related training courses.

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

    For further details please CLICK HERE.