Helmsley Charitable Trust Awards University of Glasgow Over $1.1M to Tackle Crohn's Disease in Children and Adults With a Novel Diet
The University of Glasgow has received $1.1 million from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to evaluate the effectiveness of a novel, regular solid food-based diet to improve clinical outcomes in adults and children with active Crohn’s disease.
The grant was awarded to further build on recent research led by Dr. Konstantinos Gerasimidis and his team looking into a practical alternative to the commonly used liquid-only diet treatment for Crohn’s disease, also known as exclusive enteral nutrition (EEN).
The team of researchers, in collaboration with doctors at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC), developed ‘CD-TREAT’ (Crohn’s Disease TReatment with EATing), which uses everyday foods to achieve the same gut microbiome changes as those seen in treatment with EEN. The researchers recently published their findings in the world’s highest ranked journal for gut diseases and their treatment, Gastroenterology.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic, debilitating condition of the gastrointestinal tract which can lead to diarrhoea, blood in stools, abdominal pain, weight loss and growth failure...