Welcome to our new Head of Research!

Posted on the 6th July 2017

Core is delighted to welcome our new Head of Research, Fiona Veira-McTiernan. Fiona joins us from Breast Cancer Now and before that from WCRF International, a charity that looks at the impact of diet and physical activity on cancer. With a degree in Biochemistry and postgraduate degrees on Nutrition and Dietetics she comes well prepared, so we put her to the test by taking her with us to the British Society of Gastroenterology annual conference, in Manchester, on her second week.

 

The conference was fascinating. I knew gastroenterology is a wide subject but I was amazed at the huge range of topics covered, from stomach cancer and IDB to the role of our genes and our minds in digestive disorders.

The conference had record numbers of attendees and felt buzzy and dynamic: while gastroenterologists were practicing new endoscopy techniques in one room, specialist nurses were discussing optimal patient care in another room, young scientists were presenting their innovative research in the main hall, and senior doctors were debating which are the best treatments for patients.

Core had a strong presence, from the Science of Digestion public event on the first day, to Julie Harrington, our CEO, rousing speech in the main session, to talks by our funded researchers, who presented their work on IBD, nutrition and gut bacteria, acute pancreatitis, Barrett’s oesophagus and liver disease. I look forward to working with our researchers and meeting our supporters.”

Fiona Veira-McTiernan

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