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Beating Bowel Cancer with the John James Bristol Foundation

John James Foundation Visit

John and Louise with members of the Bowel Cancer Research Group, Bristol University. Pictured left to right: Louise Hanson, John Haworth, Adam Chambers, Elle Mortensson, Aayah Nounu, Chris Paraskeva, Tracey Collard, Chris Parker and Ann Williams.

Press release issued: 14 February 2018

Bristol’s Bowel Cancer Research group led by Profs Ann Williams and Chris Paraskeva were honoured to host a visit from the John James Bristol Foundation last week to mark 20 years of research funding.

This remarkable and successful association with John James started back in 1998 with the Bristol Beating Bowel Cancer Campaign, which raised money to remodel and refurbish laboratory space on G-floor of the Biomedical Sciences Building, Bristol University.  It was Joan Johnson (Chair of the Trustees and eldest daughter of John James) who visited and seeing what was needed very generously supported the laboratory renovation; key to the development of the large state-of-the-art laboratory space we have today.

Since then the John James Bristol Foundation have very generously supported the work of many postgraduate students. With the focus on improving the teaching opportunities and training of the students in the laboratory, this support also allows them to translate their research for the benefit of the patients.  John James generous support has helped in the training of 19 students and continues today.

The John James Bristol Foundation is a grant-making trust which was established by the philanthropy of John James, who was born and grew up in Bedminster, Bristol.  During his lifetime, John never forgot his roots, and his legacy lives on in the endowment he left to the people of Bristol in the John James Bristol Foundation.  The main areas of focus for the John James Bristol Foundation are education, health and the elderly, areas supported by John James in his lifetime.

In the photograph are John Haworth B.Sc., M.B.B.S., FRCR (retired Consultant Radiologist from Southmead Hospital, Trustee, and Vice-Chair) and Louise Hanson (Chief Executive) with some of the students who have benefited from the generosity of the John James Bristol Foundation.  Sadly, Joan Johnson was unable to attend on this occasion, but we hope Joan will be able to visit in the near future.

Students and staff were pleased to be able to discuss their world-leading research which focuses on both the prevention of bowel cancer and research for the development of novel strategies for more effective treatment of bowel cancer.  After the visit, Louise said, “it was a fascinating morning and I feel I have learned a lot!”.  

The Bowel Cancer team are hugely grateful for John James long-term and generous support of their Bowel Cancer Research.  This support has, without doubt, helped put Bristol’s Bowel Cancer Research on the world map.  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014- an assessment of research quality in UK institutions) Bristol’s Bowel Cancer Research was rated 4* and world-leading, which is the highest rating possible.

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