We were delighted to be invited to a Parliamentary Reception hosted by the British Society for Immunology this week, on how MPs, industry leaders and research charities like us can work together to bring about real breakthroughs for patients.

Immunology is crucial to improving treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and has an increasingly important role to play in fighting bowel cancer.

Passionate speakers including Melanie Onn MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on IBD and a Crohn’s patient herself, hailed the enormous contribution of the UK’s immunology sector – but stressed the importance of redoubling our efforts. There is still so far to go in delivering the best possible care for all patients, and BDRF are determined to play our part in supporting the research that gets us there.

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in particular will not be beaten until we have a full picture of the immunological process behind the causes and mechanisms at play. Emerging discoveries about how the immune system can be ‘reprogrammed’ to tackle cancer are also incredibly exciting – but in both cases more research is desperately needed.

Opportunities have never been greater to work across specialties and national borders to design and implement the sort of research projects that unlock crucial advances for patients. Colorectal professionals have a huge part to play in both discovering and implementing these changes. We were proud to represent colorectal research at this event and in the future we hope to work with colleagues from across the spectrum in immunology to fund research projects that drive change for patients. Watch this space!

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