Beating bowel cancer together

Other research

S:CORT (Stratification in Colorectal Cancer)

S:CORT will use the latest genome-based technology to uncover the complex biology of bowel cancer samples collected from over 2,000 patients.

Knowing more about the genetics of each cancer means tumour types can be grouped or ‘stratified’ so that each patient can be better matched to the right treatment for them.

We are a partner of the S-CORT consortium. We are specifically involved in supporting patient and public involvement in the project.  


Smart Liver project

The project, funded by the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme, is aimed at developing computer software that will give liver surgeons additional visual information during keyhole liver surgery.  It is hoped, this will increase the number of liver cancer patients (which includes bowel cancer patients whose cancer has spread to the liver) undergoing minimally-invasive keyhole surgery rather than open surgery. This will speed recovery time, lessen physical pain and crucially reduce the psychological burden of invasive, open surgery.

More details about the project are available on the University College London website.

Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer are providing support with the patient and public involvement element of the project. We will work with the team and the institute to help them incorporate the views and feedback of people who have been affected by metastatic bowel cancer.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): improving the health and wealth of the nation through research. Established by the Department of Health and Social Care, the NIHR:

  • funds high quality research to improve health
  • trains and supports health researchers
  • provides world-class research facilities
  • works with the life sciences industry and charities to benefit all
  • involves patients and the public at every step.

For further information, visit the NIHR website



The COloRECTal Cancer Data Repository (CORECT-R) is an initiative of the Bowel Cancer Intelligence UK (BCI UK) research collaboration. It is a secure repository seeking to link all UK routine colorectal cancer data together. BCI UK is promoting the use of CORECT-R to generate the intelligence needed to quantify and eliminate variation in colorectal cancer care and outcome. Researchers can apply to access CORECT-R for their research.

You can find out more about Bowel Cancer Intelligence UK here:

We are involved in setting BCI UK’s strategic direction and supporting the project’s patient and public involvement.

ACRCelerate: Colorectal Cancer Stratified Medicine Network

The ACRCelerate Colorectal Cancer Stratified Medicine Network, led by Prof Owen Sansom at the Beatson Institute in Glasgow, is a European-wide consortium of basic and clinical scientists at the forefront of CRC research.  The work is jointly funded by CRUK, AIRC and FC AECC and is aimed at The overarching aim of the ACRCelerate project is to accelerate precision medicine approaches to treating bowel cancer for the benefit of patients.

Bowel Cancer UK attends the Therapeutic Board meetings.

Find out more about the ACRCelerate programme


Other initiatives we are involved in

We sit on the National Bowel Cancer Audit patient group and also the National Cancer Research Institute Colorectal Group.


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