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Welcome to IBD Partners Research Ideas Page!

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You are an active participant in  IBD Partners research prioritization process! Have you ever had a question about IBD that you wish science could answer? Tell us what research is important to you!

Here, you can submit a research idea to the community, cast your votes, and discuss research ideas proposed by other members. Please make your research question as specific as possible. Other members will vote on your research idea, and we will prioritize research ideas with the most votes.

You are allowed to vote for your own proposed research idea if you want. However, you can only vote for a total of five research ideas. If you have already cast your five votes and an idea you like even more is proposed, you can change your votes at any time to reflect your current preferences.

The research team will review all submitted ideas and provide a response to you and to the community. If your idea leads to an IBD Partners Study, you will have the opportunity to serve as a patient collaborator on the research team for that study.

We encourage you to prioritize the ideas that are most important to you, even if the research team determines that your idea is not a good fit for IBD Partners. We will share ideas labeled “Not a Good Fit” with researchers outside of our network when appropriate. We want to make sure all of your votes count!

Thanks for your participation in this important platform to help the IBD research community understand what research questions are important to patients. We are passionate about finding answers to your questions!

Proposed Idea              

Can ulcers be healed using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy? Is this an effective method to help promote healing in the intestines?

I think it is important to give IBDers the tools to help their body heal. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers have few risks and are non invasive. If we can speed up the healing of our intestines, this would benefit the patient greatly in their ability to become healthy again after finding a treatment that calms the inflammation.

Procedures And Testing
last activity over 1 year ago
1    1
Proposed Idea              

Examine the relation of Vitamin D deficiency possible contributing cause to IBD, beyond simple correlative data. Specifically Vit D involvement in immune development.

There is a well known increase in IBD in more western nations as well as higher latitudes. With most Western societies spending large amounts of time indoors at home, in cars, and at their employment, it's easy to see a causitive relation to decreased vitamin D in these populations. The increased latitude of Canada and Nordic countries also contributes low vitamin D levels in general population. Both of these population groups (Western Urban, and High latitudes) have increased incidence of IBD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3166406/ Provides a simple primer on Vit D relation to immune system development and maintenance; as well is it's deficiency in a host of autoimmune disorders. I would like to see a multi arm study along the following investigation paths: 1) Vit D testing for newly diagnosed. Followed by surveillance testing throughout treatment w/ and w/o vit supplementation arms. 2) Genetic testing for IBD markers/alleles in relation to Vit D levels (i.e. is the deficiency related to turning "on" various epigenetic and genetic markers that are present in active IBD). 3) Genetic testing of IBD markers, Vit D testing, and Gut microflora testing of non-active/IBD free family members for comparison of gene expression and interdependence between these factors, possibly prospective following of same patients if diagnosed offspring.

Other
last activity 11 months ago
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Proposed Idea              

The use of a specialized technique in Physical therapy developed by Clear Passages to alleviate intestinal obstructions to prevent surgery and mediate obstruction symptoms.

I have used this therapy to alleviate symptoms of intestinal obstruction and alleviate symptoms associated with blockages. It has prevented me from having surgery twice now. I have had two surgeries in the past and the adhesions plus active crohn's predispose me to intestinal blockage and obstruction.

Alternative Therapies
last activity 9 months ago
5    0
Proposed Idea              

Why some women with Crohn's Disease achieve remission, during the second and third trimester of pregnancy, then flare months after giving birth.

Because, it happened to me with both of my.pregnancies. During my first trimester, I had to be hospitalized with partial obstruction. After that, I was healthier than I'd been in years, until a few months after giving birth.

Women's Health
last activity over 1 year ago
1    1
Proposed Idea              

Since the increase in Humira dosage from 40mg 2x month to 40mg weekly, i experience significant motion sickness while driving and flying. Has this been reported by any other users?

Understanding undocumented side effects is important for long term users of Humira, as well as, for new users . Side effects such as motiin sickness can cause impaired driving and be frightening when it's not anticipated

Other
last activity over 2 years ago
1    2
Proposed Idea              

Use Next Generation Sequencing software developed by Charles Chiu, M.D. and associates at the University of California, San Francisco to see if any pathogens are associated with IBD.

This software can take blood or spinal fluid and compare 10 to 20 million DNA sequences against a database of all known pathogens.

Microbiome
last activity over 1 year ago
16    1

Do changes in manufacturing processes of Biologics alter the clinical impact (treatment success and/or adverse events)?

Biologic medications are developed through a complex process of using living organisms to harvest the biologic proteins. Manufacturers sometimes alter the manufacturing process, and these changes have the potential to cause slight changes in the final product. There is a lack of data/research regarding the impact of these slight changes. Furthermore, biosimilars (biologics developed by new manufacturers with different manufacturing processes), are pending FDA approval. Biosimilars will not require as extensive clinical testing prior to approval, compared with the original manufactured products. We ought to collect extensive data to better understand if slight changes in biologic proteins have a clinical impact.

Medications
last activity over 3 years ago
5    1
Proposed Idea              

Develop non-invasive methods to remove hemorrhoids and perianal skin tags from IBD patients without the risk of ulcers, harm to sphincter, etc.

IBD patients are more much more likely to get hemorrhoids and skin tags (up to 37% of Crohn's and 25% of Colitis patients get skin tags - whereas only 4.4% of the general population gets hemorrhoids). But IBD patients either don't get them removed, or else risk significant harm in doing so. Innovative methods are needed to address the needs of this significant patient base.

Procedures And Testing
last activity over 1 year ago
11    0

What is the link between ulcerative colitis and C. Difficile?

Other
last activity almost 3 years ago
1    2
Proposed Idea              

Does the human microbiome affect the development of mastocytic enterocolitis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease?

My gastroenterologist and primary care doctor both suggest that they are seeing an increased number patients with IBD and mast cell colitis. As mastocytic enterocolitis is a relatively new diagnosis, there doesn't seem to be much information about causation yet.

Microbiome
last activity 5 days ago
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