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What causes Crohn’s disease?

Published: 9 May 2017
Dr James Ashton
Dr James Ashton - Research Training Fellowship

Research Training Fellowship: Dr James Ashton

At least 115,000 people have Crohn's disease in the UK.1 Up to one third are young – less than 21 years old – when their condition is diagnosed.1 Children with Crohn’s disease can experience symptoms, such as diarrhoea, abdominal pain and tiredness, which result from inflammation in the gut, but it’s unclear what triggers this inflammation. Dr James Ashton, of the University of Southampton, aims to improve understanding of what causes Crohn’s disease. His work may one day lead to better treatments and improved quality of life for children and young people with this debilitating condition.

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