BEST3 Trial led by HCUK Trustee and Director Prof Rebecca Fitzgerald.

In Spring 2017, Cambridge University will be launching the BEST3 Trial led by HCUK Trustee and Director Prof Rebecca Fitzgerald. The new Trial is designed to find out whether offering the CytospongeTM test to patients at GP surgeries can increase the number of diagnoses of oesophageal pre-cancer, Barrett’s oesophagus compared to current practice.

120 practices across England will be taking part in the Trial. Practices will b erandomly allocated to either providing the CytospongeTM or carrying on treating their patients as normal, allowing the research team to compare diagnosis rates across arms. It is hoped that these results will pave the way for the introduction of the CytospongeTM into NHS clinical pathways for people with acid reflux and heartburn symptoms.

The HCUK Patient and Public Involvement Group have been actively involved in advising the research team on aspects of research design, patient-facing wording and well-being issues.

Dad's devastating diagnosis when his heartburn turned into cancer of the oesophagus.
Retired accountant John Gorham was shocked when his acid reflux developed into something more sinister
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Why middle aged men should NEVER dismiss heartburn: Chas (of Chas & Dave) warns how his seemingly harmless symptoms turned out to be oesophageal cancer.
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Prof. Tim Underwood speaks at the NCRI meeting in Liverpool this month (November) on oesophageal cancer.
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Cambridge scientists find 'sponge on a string' test could replace uncomfortable endoscopies
The test can identify which people with Barrett’s oesophagus have a low risk of developing oesophageal cancer

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The Core-Derek Butler Fellowship

The Core - Derek Butler Three Year Fellowship For Research In The Sphere Of Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Diseases And Conditions.

Please see below the link to the fellowship information and how to apply:

"The HCUK World Tour" is starting now.
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Other Events and Challenges to Raise Money

if you are a cyclist you could do the London to "Paris Bike Ride in 2016 for HCUK".
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HCUK are pleased to support the NICE Quality Standard (QS96) on Dyspepsia and gastro-oesophageal reflux disorder (GORD) published today (21.7.15).

The quality standard can be viewed by following this link:

Core - the Digestive Disorders Foundation are putting on a FREE event in Sheffield on 23 September.
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