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UK’s first predictive test for Crohn’s and Colitis

PREDICTSURE IBD™, a new simple test could enable personalised treatment of Crohn’s and Colitis.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a new test that can reliably predict the future course of Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, transforming treatments for people with the conditions and paving the way for a personalised approach.

In the latest study, published in the journal Gut, researchers at the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, worked with 69 people with Crohn’s to see whether it was possible to develop a useful, scaleable test by looking at whole blood samples alongside CD8 T-cells and using widely-available technology.

The team used a combination of machine learning and a whole blood assay known as qPCR – a relatively simple tool used in NHS labs across the country – to identify genetic signatures that were the same as the two groups (mild and severe) from their previous study.

The researchers then validated their findings in 123 people with Crohn’s or Colitis recruited from clinics in Cambridge, Nottingham, Exeter and London.

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