You may or may not have heard of Crohn's disease as many people don't like to talk about thier 'toilet problems'. This illness is in my family and several of my friends also suffer with what had been to date an incurable illness.
Crohn’s disease is a debilitating and aggressive form of inflammatory bowel disease which affects around 4 million people worldwide and around 250,000 people inthe UK. In addition to severe pain, weight loss, diarrhoea and chronic fatigue,around 80% of cases result in invasive surgery. Currently there is no cure forCrohn’s, simply symptom management.
We want to change that.
Increasingly there is compelling evidence thatCrohn’s disease is caused by MAP bacteria, which is proven to cause Johne’sdisease, an inflammatory bowel disease in cattle. DNA testing found MAP in 100% of tested Crohn's sufferers but until now widespread testing and vaccination has been challenging.
Professor Hermon-Taylorand King’s College are developing a MAP test which can identify the MAPbacteria in the tissue of Crohn’s sufferers, this can then be used to develop human trial of a human vaccine against the bacteria. To achieve this, and take a step towards a cure for Crohn’s sufferers, King’s College needs to raise £300,000 to fund clinical trials. For more information on how the funding willbe spent, visit the Crohn’s MAP vaccine website.
I'm doing my bit with the help of my friends to cure this disease instead of just managing it. Please help me if you can.
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