Digesting CF: Harnessing innovative thinking around the gastrointestinal tract in cystic fibrosis

Research Sandpit Workshop at The Oxford Belfry, Oxfordshire

Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 February 2016

The research need
Complications in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in cystic fibrosis (CF) are far more prevalent than is commonly perceived and are a significant cause of morbidity for people with cystic fibrosis. Technological advances have advanced our understanding of GI function; such as studies around:

  • microbiome probiotics
  • gut electrolyte balance gut rheology
  • gut inflammation
  • the role of fatty acids


There is now a pressing need for more GI clinical research that can lead to improvement in the lives of people with cystic fibrosis.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is keen to engage with cutting-edge research expertise in the area of GI function (including the exocrine and endocrine pancreas) and consider ways to develop new research programmes that will deliver benefit to people with cystic fibrosis.

The aim
This sandpit workshop is specifically aimed at facilitating fresh, new thinking to generate innovative ideas in the area of the GI tract in cystic fibrosis. We are keen to bring together experts in GI research, who have not worked in CF, with experts in cystic fibrosis. By engaging a diverse range of expertise, we plan to catalyse new thinking and harness creativity to inform future funding proposals that will make a difference to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis.
Project funding is therefore available for successful project proposals which arise from the sandpit.

Applications to attend the workshop sandpit are welcome from experts not only in cystic fibrosis but also solely in the GI tract.
The selection criteria will be based on the potential to:

  • develop creative and exciting approaches to research in this area;
  • work collaboratively in a trans-disciplinary environment, communicating and engaging effectively; and
  • demonstrate relevant research expertise and experience.


The new deadline for applications is Monday 14 December 2015.