PORT are proud to be funding 3 projects this year at a cost of £149,544. To fund this research PORT is using reserve funds. Therefore fundraising over the next 2 years is even more important, so please do support our charity.
The first project involves harnessing MRI for the diagnosis of CIPO funded by PORT. PORT are funding £49,554 for this study and will build on previous research from The Nottingham Gastrointestinal Magnetic Resonance Imaging group and colleagues at University College and Queen Mary University of London. Using MRI should allow CIPO to be diagnosed by a test that is accessible and sensitive.
Additionally, PORT is funding £50,000 to study the potential of developing neurons for tissue repair. The team is being led by Professor Joe Martin, Professor of Pathology at Queen Mary, University of London. The potential of developing a therapy that could seed and migrate new functioning nerve cells could have a significant impact on quality of life, and potentially be a life line for some of the most poorly.
Finally, PORT is funding a study led by Professor Gareth Sanger, which will study a new approach to gastroparesis and nausea. This study in human tissue will help to pin point this mechanism, paving the way to the development of new treatments to help patients who suffer with this debilitating symptom.