NEC UK (Necrotising Enterocolitis) strives to advance research and improve care and outcomes for our babies. We work together with clinicians and researchers on amazing projects like Jemma.
Hello, my name is Jemma and I am a Paediatric Doctor based in Newcastle upon Tyne. I am undertaking training to specialise in children’s gut and liver disorders. I passionately believe in research to improve the lives of patients and families affected by these conditions. My research focuses on children affected by short bowel syndrome. This can be a devastating condition in which the bowel is too short to absorb enough nutrients and fluids to sustain normal health and life. Providing nutrition and fluid (termed ‘parenteral nutrition’) through a plastic catheter in a child's large vein is life-saving but associated with serious health complications. Many children continue to require parenteral nutrition at home. Most children with SBS eventually establish normal enteral nutrition, a process called intestinal rehabilitation, but this can take many years and doctors do not yet understand which children are successful, and why. My research is focused on the role of gut bacteria during the process of rehabilitation, which will lead to identifying further medical treatment strategies to help children to rehabilitate sooner.
Thanks for inviting us to be part of your project and for your work to improve outcomes for our children.