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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.

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Research shows less colitis in mice eating high cellulose than mice eating low cellulose & Crohn’s symptoms stopped in 4 wks in 4 people eating a high cellulose (bran) cereal. Cellulose feeds good bacteria—does eating bran cereal help fix the microbiome?

Many people with Crohn's disease want to know what food to eat. There seems to be a lot of research about drugs and dietary supplements, but not much research to help people know what food to eat.

Diet
last activity over 4 years ago
14    2

Consequences of J-Pouch Surgery on Pouch Microbiome

Given the increased interest and implications for altered gut microbiome in IBD, I think it is important that investigations into how surgical treatments affect the new digestive structures. Looking comparatively at pre-surgery microbiomes and post-surgery microbiomes may give insights into how to most effectively treat UC, should the mechanisms that cause the disease still act in the absence of a colon.

Procedures And Testing
last activity over 2 years ago
3    2
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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 about 3 years ago
4    1
Proposed Idea              

What is the success of remission for people* who have surgery, or resection, versus those who are treated by medications only? (*Note: people who qualify for surgery)

I heard from a parent of a teen with IBD that the doctor wanted to avoid surgery. I have been in remission for years after I had a resection.

Medications
last activity over 2 years ago
9    1
Proposed Idea              

Is there a connection between insulin levels and development of IBD?

Many people seem to have less disease activity when they switch to a diet that restricts sugar, wheat or grains. Could there be a connection between high insulin levels (with or without diabetes)?

Diet
last activity 8 months ago
2    0

Can eating gluten lead to IBD and/or increase the rate/severity of IBD flare-ups?

I have been tested negative for celiac and gluten sensitivity, yet avoiding gluten improved my flare-ups, symptoms, and overall quality of life tremendously.

Diet
last activity about 2 months ago
11    1
Proposed Idea              

Has your inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis (and/or associated symptoms) influenced your preferred location of employment (home-based vs outside the home)?

I think it is important to consider how lifestyle changes influence the progression of IBD. Some diagnosed individuals may seek out jobs that allow them to work from home when symptomatic. This change in lifestyle itself may impact the progression of IBD in ways we don't yet understand. This question is increasingly important as the number of home-based employment opportunities is on the rise. Many jobs can be performed on a computer, and your employer saves money if they don't have to rent and heat an office for your to sit in. Thus, it is expected the trend of increasing home-based employment will continue.

Lifestyle
last activity 11 months ago
6    0

Are there sub-types of UC? IBD has been broken into UC and Crohn's which helped with treatment. What other sub-categories are there? Could explain why certain meds work for some and not others, and shed light on question of genetics?

I have UC and so far no treatment works. My mother had the same problem until she had a colectomy. Perhaps if we understood why our disease is different than some other folks' UC, we could devise a better treatment plan.

Genetics
last activity over 1 year ago
18    1

I propose to look at the incidence of periodontal disease in IBD patients, and to examine if there is any correlation to the disease itself, or to medications used for disease control.

Anecdotally, there seems to be a positive correlation; however, hard data seems non-existent. With the known relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease, it would be important for IBD patients to know if this is an issue they need to stay on top of.

Other
last activity over 1 year ago
6    1
Proposed Idea              

What is the nutritional impact (loss of nutrients) which a person with IBD (Ulcerative Colitis) experiences when their Colitis is in remission.

I have been in remission for 6 years, yet I seem to not be absorbing Potassium, producing Vitamin D - even though I work outdoors year round in a city that claims 360 days of sunshine, and seem to not be absorbing several other minerals. I suffer from chronic continuous calcium oxalate kidney stones due to calcium binding with oxalate instead of magnesium citrate or potassium citrate. The nutritional absorption in the colon would be especially useful for drs to treat patients like me as medication absorption also seems to be an issue.

Diet
last activity over 2 years ago
16    0

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A Novel Patient-Reported Outcome-Based Evaluation (PROBE) of Quality of Life in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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The Effects of Antidepressant Medication and Social Support on Disease Progression in IBD Patients

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Symptom Clusters in Adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Psychological Factors Associated with Adherence to Oral Treatment in IBD

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