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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               Best Fit for Others

We should determine why the prevalence of IBD in developing countries is so low, yet immigrants from those countries and their children are at increased risk of IBD.

This question might help decipher the contribution of genetic and environmental factors (e.g. sunlight, the microbiome, exposure to antibiotics)

Environment
last activity over 2 years ago
43    1

Can positive emotions favorably influence IBD patient status?

Research tends to focus on negative emotional state (depression) and the potential downside. Work by Dr B. Fredrickson shows positive emotions can provide favorable health impact and has developed a simple on line tool to measure positive emotions which could be incorporated into this site to do research going forward.

Other
last activity over 2 years ago
8    1
Proposed Idea              

Researching IBD symptom of fatigue and low energy: normal diet arm vs. supplement arm (Vitamins D3 and B12, and Fish Oil.)

There are many health benefits of being on a plant based diet. However, veganism can be associated with low levels of vitamins D3 and B12. Such as study would determine comprehensive care for patients considering their energy levels, diet, and supplement intake.

Diet
last activity 7 months ago
2    0
Proposed Idea              

Can fistulae (particularly perineal/perianal) be caused by holding in BMs for long stretches of time? Specifically, is this occurring in children and teens with IBD?

I had diarrhea from age 11 (1971) without a diagnosis until 1978 when I had a perineal abscess drained by a gynecologist in the hospital. I could see that it was a fistula (dad had medical books around the house). About a week later, while on Cleocin and Keflex, my colon perforated and I almost died before expl lap and temporary colostomy to "rest" my gut. I'd had 7 years of public school, holding in the stool all day, until I could get home. I was not comfortable having diarrhea at school, either because of complaints from kids or smokers who dominated the bathrooms.

Other
last activity over 2 years ago
2    2
Microbiome
last activity 9 months ago
21    1
Proposed Idea              

We need to find an effective way to properly detect our bodies food intolerance's.

Food is a major creator to our symptoms and without proper knowledge of what is upsetting our immune systems and causing our inflammation we will continue to suffer. I've currently been researching food intolerance tests and found as all things there are good and bad opinions towards the different food intolerance methods but in my reading I discovered many believe the tests are not entirely conclusive. If we created a test to easily determine the foods that cause us any irritation we would have a much better chance of going into remission by avoiding the foods that create inflammation.

Diet
last activity 9 months ago
41    0
Proposed Idea              

What are the long term health effects of surviving childhood ulcerative colitis?

I believe there must be something - ala 'post polio syndrome'. There are no explanations (or treatment, except for partial symptom relief) for what is happening to me. I believe there must be some connection, likely through auto-immune issues, perhaps related to the bowel surgery I had - which supposedly 'cured' me. I cannot be the only survivor experiencing these things.

Other
last activity over 3 years ago
5    1
Proposed Idea              

What is the reason for the increased Incidence of Ibd for Jews?

It would be useful for those of us with jewish ancestry for our kids

Genetics
last activity over 3 years ago
4    1

What pain treatment options (pharmacologic or otherwise) do IBD patients find most effective, and what are the risks associated with these treatments.

Many pain medications are addictive and/or harmful, particularly in IBD patients. Pain is a common symptom of IBD. I would like to explore patient experiences of the efficacy of pain treatments including: acupunctue, message therapy, heat therapy, NSAIDs, acetaminophen, SNRI antidepressants, tramadol, opiate pain medications. Either through literature review or additional research, it would be valuable to see a comprehensive review of risks and benefits of common pain treatments specific to use in IBD patients.

Medications
last activity about 1 year ago
17    1
Studied              

Can we predict future IBD diagnosis based on c-section vs vaginal delivery of babies?

As a UC patient, I would do anything to try to prevent my kids from suffering from IBD as I have. I wish I could have known if the very start of their lives might have some impact on their possible IBD futures.

Women's Health
last activity over 3 years ago
4    1

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