Scientific Advisory Board


Professor Alistair Watson

Professor Watson studied medicine at the Universities of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College) and St Thomas’ Hospital, London. In 1989 he obtained a Medical Doctorate on the absorption of short chain fatty acids then he took a role as Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins Medical School, USA.  In 1990, he won a Senior Research Fellow Award from the American Gastroenterology Association and an award for outstanding accomplishment in Postdoctoral Research from the American Physiological Society. In 1991 he moved to the University of Manchester to work with Lord Turnberg on apoptosis in the GI epithelium and was awarded The Sir Francis Avery Jones British Society of Gastroenterology Research Medal. Professor Watson was appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of Liverpool in 1998 where he served a number of senior administrative posts including Head of the Division of Gastroenterology and Head of the Department of Medicine. He was an Associate Editor of GUT (2003/04) then the Deputy Editor (2005 – 2007). He currently serves on the Council of the British Society of Gastroenterology and in 2010 was appointed as its first Secretary of International Affairs. Professor Watson is the first Professor of Translational Medicine at the University of East Anglia.


Dr Jamie Dalrymple

Jamie Dalrymple is a full-time GP in Norwich, trainer in General Practice and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Norwich Medical School where he teaches 3rd year Medical students. He was educated at Charing Cross Hospital, University of London and moved to Norfolk after house jobs. He trained in General Practice in Norfolk, settling as a partner in his training practice.  Shortly after joining his practice he trained in upper and lower GI endoscopy at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where he was a Clinical Assistant and then a Hospital Practitioner in Gastroenterology. Between 1998 and 2008, he ran an upper GI endoscopy service based in his practice. Latterly he has relinquished endoscopy and concentrated on teaching at the Norwich Medical School and chairing the PCSG. Jamie represents primary care as a medical adviser to a number of patient support organisations including the Coeliac Society, the ibs network, CCUK and Pancreatic Cancer UK.


Mr Jon Lacy-Colson MD FRCS

Mr Lacy-Colson is a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon, Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Hospital and at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Mr Lacy-Colson attended the University of Leeds Medical School and completed his basic surgical training at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent. He undertook a period of research into colorectal cancer, which has been presented internationally, and for which he has been awarded an MD by Keele University. Mr Lacy-Colson then undertook his higher surgical training on the West Midlands rotation. Following this he was appointed as the first international visiting Fellow of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, Australia. During his time in Australia he concentrated on laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for colorectal cancer and the assessment of pelvic floor disorders.