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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              

Is Low Dose Allergy Immunotherapy helpful to people diagnosed with IBD?

It's described as a safe approach to healing auto-immune illnesses.

Alternative Therapies
last activity 7 months ago
1    0

Long-term outlooks for patients who have had J-pouch surgery and reconnection

J-pouch surgery, as a final effort to mitigate UC symptoms, can be life-changing. However, it seems that little information is available describing the long-term outlook for patients who have had the procedure. With an increase in IBD diagnoses in children, it is safe to assume that rates of J-pouch surgeries in children will also increase. A longitudinal study following J-pouch patients for several years following their surgeries should be conducted to highlight any common complications or symptoms that appear over the course of time. This research would be especially significant for better advising younger patients and their caregivers.

Procedures And Testing
last activity almost 4 years ago
3    1
Diet
last activity over 1 year ago
0    1
Proposed Idea              

I'd like to see a study that investigates the children of male amd female Vietnam vers exposed to agent orange. I was the ONLY member of my family with UC/Chrohns. Now me + my daughters. My dad is a

Chemicals are been proven to alter DNA. Can this altered DNA result in chronic illness in unborn children? How will it affect our future generations? My descendents?

Genetics
last activity almost 2 years ago
1    1
Proposed Idea              

Certain probiotic strains produce histamine, and others help break it down. We should study the efficacy of supplementation with probiotic strains known to break down histamine in controlling the incidence of flares.

So many people are told that probiotics are good for them. I have always been very sensitive to them. I recently discovered that some strains actually produce histamine in the body and - therefore - could have been contributing to my symptoms and flare ups. I would love to know if supplementing with the strains that break down histamine could reverse inflammation in the gut.

Other
last activity 4 months ago
11    0
Proposed Idea              

A test is needed that can tell what kind of IBD a person has. Many medications are geared for UC or CD but not for both and many people who have a diagnosis of UC latter find out they have CD.

There is currently a test for this, however it isn't very accurate. The test needs to be refined so it is accurate. Knowing what type of IBD one has can change the type of treatment one would recieve.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 3 years ago
7    0
Proposed Idea              

Treating IBD in Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivors

While it may be a small subset of patients, the most commonly used treatments, biologics and immunomodulators may be too risky for IBD patient's who have had lymphoma. Alternative treatments need to be identified for this group.

Other
last activity over 3 years ago
6    2
Proposed Idea              

Test the effectiveness of anti-fungal medications on Crohn's Disease.

A study by David Underhill in "Cell Host & Microbe" suggests a link between Malassezia in the gut and Crohn's Disease. Crohn's patients had high concentrations of Malassezia on their intestinal walls compared to almost none in healthy patients. Adding this fungus to the gut in mice exacerbated inflammation seen in Crohn's.

Medications
last activity 12 days ago
0    0
Proposed Idea              

What is being done for surgical research to improve the lives of patients with multiple organ removal due to IBD/Ostomy who experience pelvic floor total collapse, including sexual function?

So far, reconstructive surgery to assist aging or disease complication organ losses causing serious pelvic floor collapse, sexual function seems IGNORED. When a woman has breast cancer, she is accepted and provided a method of reconstruction surgery to feel WHOLE and this assists both body and mind recovery in surviving her cancer. When an IBD patient spans losses and complications over time to end up with a non-immediate loss of feeling WHOLE, there's little to no information or medical access to having the RIGHT to be rebuilt and developing methods to surgically repair to reasonable expectations the pelvic floor, core and sexual health of someone who is missing large intestine, uterus, cervix, small gut and other organs from their illness trajectory to survive. Many of us are left at young age without our sexual function. We develop urological, bone, muscle/tissue wasting and other serious impairments and are ignored or told to "live with it", as the only answer. Where is the surgical research to develop and normalize the many of us suffering without answer?

Women's Health
last activity 6 months ago
1    0
Diet
last activity about 4 years ago
3    1

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