Urine Biomarker Research at Hull University
Dr Barbara Guinn is a researcher at the University of Hull who is working to find ways to diagnose endometriosis earlier using non-invasive methods and to better understand this awful disease
This wouldn’t be possible without the clinical guidance we have had from Mr Kevin Phillips, the team at the British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE) accredited endometriosis centre at Castle Hill and the hard work of PhD student, Ms Leah Cooksey.
We have been fortunate to have won funding from the European Association for Cancer Research and Novosanis.
Novosanis is a Belgian based company that provides us with colli-pee tubes, as well as support and guidance. We have now also secured funding from Hull University Teaching Hospitals for a clinical fellow for 2 years. You might see Dr Hannah Draper when and if you go for a laparoscopy. We have certainly benefitted from Endometriosis Support Hull and East Yorkshire, and Emma Hardy MP for Hull West and Hessle raising awareness of endometriosis through the All Party Parliamentary Group and your tireless campaigning to make sure endo doesn’t hide in the background.
At the moment Hannah is working on a urine test for endometriosis. We need to find out whether the test will work for all types and stages of endometriosis, whether it is affected by factors such as where you are in your menstrual cycle. Although we continue to apply for grants to fund our research we do need some help paying for equipment and chemicals that will progress our research sooner. That way we can generate data and make a difference ASAP. The University of Hull has provided us with a link for donations if you can afford and/or want to help https://alumni.hull.ac.uk/DARODonationForm choose the designation Endometriosis Research from the drop down box). These monies (boosted by Barbara’s spider plant and art sales) is helping us progress our research at a decent pace. We will continue to work hard in the lab and fund raise in our free time, until there is a way to improve the time to diagnosis and treat endometriosis patients effectively.
For more information about our lab work go to https://www.hull.ac.uk/staff-directory/barbara-guinn or @GuinnLab
Please ensure that you select Endometriosis Research on the Designation