IBD suf­fer­ers

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

IN­FLAM­MA­TORY bowel dis­ease (IBD) has evolved into a global prob­lem with over 2.5m suf­fer­ers in Eu­rope, in­clud­ing 20,000 in Ire­land, ac­cord­ing to Prof Deirdre McNa­mara, con­sul­tant gas­troen­terol­o­gist in Tal­laght Hos­pi­tal, Dublin.

Ire­land has one of the world’s high­est rates of col­i­tis, one of the two forms of this dis­ease.

The other is Crohn’s dis­ease, which leaves peo­ple at increased risk of colon can­cer.

Re­searchers in Tal­laght Hos­pi­tal and St Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal are now look­ing for peo­ple with IBD to par­tic­i­pate in a study which will look at what role genes play in the dis­ease.

Prof Glen Do­herty of St Vin­cent’s Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal said: “What makes this re­search dif­fer­ent from other stud­ies is that we are seek­ing to iden­tify the gap be­tween current treat­ments and dis­ease out­comes.

“As we gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the role of ge­net­ics in IBD and in an in­di­vid­ual’s re­sponse to dif­fer­ent drug treat­ments, it will en­able a more per­son­alised ap­proach to the treat­ment of the con­di­tion.”

Pa­tients with IBD at­tend­ing both hos­pi­tals who are in­ter­ested are asked to speak to their con­sul­tant. Ge­nomics Medicine Ire­land said it hopes to ex­tend the study to other hos­pi­tals in the near fu­ture.

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