our research impact

CICRA is the only national charity in the UK dedicated entirely to helping children and young people with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis, collectively referred to as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). CICRA was formed in 1978 by parents of children affected by IBD with the aims of:

  • finding a cure for IBD by funding good quality, peer reviewed, research and funding the training of doctors wishing to specialise in paediatric IBD
  • helping to improve the quality of life for children and young people with these conditions
  • helping to raise a wider awareness and understanding of this very complex, disabling condition

For 40 years, we have been getting closer to our goal through our ground-breaking research programme:

  1. in 1978, there were no specialists in diseases of childhood digestion and bowel. Our research drove the development of paediatric gastroenterology as a specialist medical area
  2. our supporters funded the first laboratory for paediatric gastroenterology in the UK
  3. many of today’s leading doctors treating children and young people for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) did their specialist training on our research scheme
  4. the first generation of CICRA-trained doctors are now training the next, which means more children with Crohns and Colitis can see an IBD specialist
  5. research we funded identified an increase in the number of children and babies being diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease
  6. studies we funded led to enteral nutrition often being the first line of treatment for children
  7. new treatments being taken forward for clinical trials build on work we funded
  8. over 60 CICRA funded projects have created a wealth of knowledge about IBD, including current studies on genetics, bacteria, diet and psychological stress
  9. our PhD studentship scheme encourages young talented scientists to follow a career path of researching IBD, keeping the momentum for better treatments and an eventual cure
  10. our bursary scheme for scientists to attend major conferences and present their research ensures that childhood IBD expertise is spread nationally and globally