St George Hospital leads the way in IBD Study

Residents in the St George and Sutherland Shire living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) can now take part in a ground-breaking study based at St George Hospital.

IBD is an incurable chronic disabling disease that impacts the health, life course and quality of many people within the St George and Sutherland Shire community.

It is estimated there are 2,000 sufferers in our local community with this number projected to rise over the next 10 years – and yet, there is still no known cause or cure for IBD.

Australia has one of the highest incidence/prevalence rates of IBD globally, with more than 85,000 or approximately 1 in 250 Australians living with inflammatory bowel disease.

The “Building Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Research Capacity – The St George and Sutherland IBD Project.” funded by the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation, is developing a database to help improve treatments and patient care to people living with IBD.

Leanne Dib, CEO of SSMRF said “SSMRF is committed to funding research projects that are focussed on improving the health of the patients in our hospitals, our community and beyond”.

Dr Betty Wu and Professor Georgina Hold, Co-Investigators on the project, have been recruiting patients for almost 6 months, with more than 150 people from the local areas participating.

“Recruitment is on track, and I thank the community for being involved – without patient involvement we cannot find the answers to clinically important questions to improve treatments for people living with IBD.” Prof Hold said.

St George Hospital is also the lead site for the Australian IBD Microbiome (AIM) study, a multicentre collaborative study, led by Professor Hold, which will recruit over 1000 participants in the next 5 years.

“We hope with strong community participation this project will lead to many more studies in the future, helping to improve patient care and treatment for people living with IBD in Australia and globally”

“The vision for IBD Research at St George Hospital is big, we want to find the cure for IBD.”

For further information, or to participate in this study contact Professor Georgina Hold, email AIM_study@unsw.edu.au or phone 02 9113 1855