Gastrointestinal and liver diseases are among the more common medical disorders in the UK. They have a major impact on quality of life and often cause hidden disabilities due to the personal nature of the symptoms.  Chronic gastrointestinal disorders also more commonly affect young people than many other disease areas.

Based principally in Salford, the University of Manchester Centre for Gastrointestinal Sciences is a leading national academic unit with a strong international reputation. The centre works in close partnership with NHS colleagues in medical and surgical gastroenterology and in dietetics in Salford.

We have a wide range of research interests, spanning the spectrum from basic gastrointestinal biology and physiology through to clinical trials and translation. Our researchers seek to improve the quality of care and life for patients with gastrointestinal disorders. Research interests include:

  • Neurogastroenterology and motility
    • swallowing disorders, continence, gastroparesis, gut-brain axis
  • Chronic gastrointestinal conditions
    • inflammatory bowel disease (the IBD team is pictured above), irritable bowel syndrome, pelvic radiation disease, and gut involvement in systemic disease such as scleroderma
  • Intestinal failure
  • Nutritional support and screening
  • Barrett’s oesophagus and oesophageal cancer
  • The enteroendocrine system
  • Appetite regulation in health and disease
  • Health service research and e-health
  • Clinical trials

We work closely with patients, for example in developing and implementing a web-based portal for improved chronic disease management, ‘MY-IBD’, and recently led a James Lind Alliance national research priority setting partnership project together with Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the British Society of Gastroenterology.

If you wish to take part in our research please contact Sr Melanie Taylor, Research Nurse, or the Salford Royal Clinical Research Facility on 0161 206 0534.

For MY-IBD portal contact Catherine Stansfield and for University studies or inquiries contact Julie Young.