It's not just an issue of throwing money at the problem to fix it. Look at how much funding breast cancer research, for example, gets? Have they cured it yet? Nope. Yet a few less common cancers are easily treated and put people in long remissions pretty easily.
With UC research, there are more problems than just not enough funding. IBD research actually gets about
100 million in grants from the US government every year. http://report.nih.gov/categorical_spending.aspx
That's not even going into how much money is being spent in other countries to research this disease.
The problem with most diseases aside from infectious disease and organ failure is that we do not yet have great tools to reliably understand and make sense of their complexity. Technology is advancing, but as of yet, it is very difficult to analyze large amounts of genetic data in a way that makes more sense. Most of our understanding of IBD comes from mouse models of the disease, and they only really study how inflammation arises when the mucus barrier goes away. That ignores many other possible factors involved in someone getting UC, so if all we have to go by are possibly inaccurate models, we have deeper problems in research than just not having enough money to cure UC, and these are just a few of the obstacles.
But not all is bad, these mouse models are useful for studying the process of inflammation, and have given us better insight into how we might be attacking our own gut bacteria. There are a bunch of new drugs in the pipeline, including an oral drug for Crohn's that stops inflammation really well and we will likely see use in UC too. The 12 week remission rate is 67% in phase II trials, which is much better than most of the drugs we have to take. While it's too early to get excited, these results are very hopeful. : https://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=3217673
Aside from that, scientists are starting to successfully grow working human intestines. Holy cow, if we ever got to a point where scientists can study human colons from us directly, that will advance research so quickly, I get excited just thinking about
If you want to really help find a cure, don't just throw money at it. Support your country's government funded research organization (like the NIH in the US), vote for politicians that would likely be pro-research and pro-science, and most importantly, volunteer for any basic research studies in your area whenever they pop up.
Post Edited (Tunnelvisionary) : 10/23/2014 5:28:05 PM (GMT-6)