Around 1 million people in the UK have a serious bowel disease. Medical research is vital to help advance the cure and treatment of these illnesses.

Over the years medical research has brought about dramatic advances: there are now new treatments and medicines, and many people are living longer, disease-free lives: all thanks to medical research. These very great advances in medical understanding improve patients’ quality of life and prevent early death- but there remains much work to be done.
BDRF’s research grants offer support to promising ideas for improving treatment and life-chances for people with serious bowel disease. We prefer to fund practically – oriented research which we hope will deliver direct benefit for current and future patients.

BDRF Research Strategy

BDRF strives to be at the forefront of research into bowel disease  and is unique in that it is affiliated to the leading association for medical practitioners in the field of coloproctology.

The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI) include over 1000 members made up of surgeons, specialist nurses, allied medical specialists involved in the treatment of patients with colorectal diseases and members in training.

BDRF research strategy can be downloaded here: BDRF Research Strategy

We support the Association of Medical Research Charities statement on the use of animals in medical research

Our strategy is based on the Delphi Project which is a revolutionary approach for bowel disease research and has been applauded by medical professionals and patients.