Media Release

Paralympian Ali raises the bar for IBD research at the QEH

A Paralympic powerlifter will be coming to King’s Lynn to help raise awareness of research into Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Ali Jawad, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games, is helping to shine a light into Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) when he is the guest speaker at the IBD Research & Me event on Saturday, November 3, at The Duke’s Head Hotel, King’s Lynn.

Approximately 1,000 people in West Norfolk are affected by IBD, a term which refers to Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Research and IBD Specialists at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital are organising the event to raise awareness of IBD and the research currently going on at the Trust.

IBD specialist Nurse Fran Bredin said: “If you have any questions about living with IBD and its treatment then join us to learn more about the disease, meet others with IBD and help shape the future of IBD treatment through research.

“If you’ve already joined one of our studies come along to see what researchers are up to. If you haven’t already taken part then by the end of the event you may want to.”

Gastroenterology Consultant Dr Alan Wiles will be giving an introduction at the event, which runs from 10am to 2pm.

A talk will be given on future IBD research and projects which are going on at the QEH.

Visitors will also be able to pose questions to the specialist nurses, consultants and dietitians during the event.

Research Lead at the QEH Dr Antonia Hardcastle said: “We are grateful to have a guest speaker like Ali Jawad, who was diagnosed with Crohns Disease in 2008, and went onto compete at three Paralympic games.”

If you would like to reserve a space at this free event please email ibdevent@qehkl.nhs.uk or call 01553 613528.

                                                                 —ENDS—

Paralympic powerlifter Ali Jawad, who is pictured with his medal, will be coming to King’s Lynn.

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