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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!

Can IBD lead to the formation of depression/anxiety?

I've noticed on Twitter that there is a need of psychologists that understand how IBD can effect one's mental state of being.

Lifestyle
last activity 9 months ago
20    3
Proposed Idea              

Has low dose Naltrexone been studied for efficacy in IBD?

I take it now on the advice of my functional medicine doctor, and think it helps me...

Medications
last activity 8 months ago
12    2

What is the comparative safety and efficacy of natural supplements (vitamin D, fish oil, turmeric) commonly used in IBD versus prescription medications?

Many of us try natural supplements instead of or in addition to prescription medications in the management of IBD. Are natural supplement products more safe or effective when compared to prescription medications? Is combining natural supplements with prescription treatments more effective?

Alternative Therapies
last activity 15 days ago
30    4
Studied              

Does gluten have an impact on symptoms and progression of IBD?

I have read a lot of anecdotal stories and watched many documentaries about how completely removing gluten from the diet has improved, and sometimes reversed, many health ailments such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, fibromyalgia, MS, IBD, and more. I also read the results of the previous CCFA partners survey that indicated improvement of symptoms by patients following a gluten free lifestyle. I would love to see a more in-depth, controlled study of this topic. Most doctors I have visited have never recommended a restrictive diet to improve my symptoms. The only person to do this is my current nutritionist who is able to control her UC by eliminating gluten. Just a few of my resources have been the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and the documentaries Forks Over Knives and Fed Up.

Diet
last activity over 1 year ago
6    3

I would love to see a study that compared quality of life and remission rates of the SCD diet, Paleo Diet and/or Autoimmune Paleo diet on Crohns and UC sufferers.

Patient testimonials have caused these diets to be incredibly popular with managing IBD symptoms. However the main argument continuously held agains them is the lack of research evidence showing their effectiveness. This sounds like the perfect role of the CCFA, which is charged with conducting research to help those in the I D community. There are now several companies offering frozen Paleo and AIP meal deliveries to individuals for about $300 per week, making a study where participants are sent all 21 meals in a week (to cut down on variation between adherence) cost effective and feasible.

Diet
last activity 5 months ago
19    2

How does menopause effect ibd? Can UC change into CD due to hormone changes

I know two other women as well as myself who all agree that had their UC which changed into much worse fully involved crohns after menopause. GIRD, illeum strictures, rectal fishers, stomach and esophagus ulceration, mouth sores...

Women's Health
last activity 7 months ago
11    5

What is the relationship between IBD and hormones? How do the two impact each other?

I have been alternating visits with my GI doc and gynecologist for over a year. We are still having trouble pin pointing if IBD, IBS, or hormones are causing my symptoms. My feeling is that it is all three, and they are causually linked.

Women's Health
last activity 6 months ago
18    4

Create a database that tracks the long-term outcomes for patients on biologic medications (Remicade, Humira, Cimzia, Simponi, Tysabri, and Entyvio) to assess their long-term efficacy.

As IBD research and treatments progress, biologics are becoming an ever-more staple part of a patients treatment regimen. However, many patients still fail to respond effectively to these medications while others can maintain long-term remission specifically because of them. I believe it is important for the IBD community to further explore why this variation in response occurs, and tracking those that respond effectively to these biologic drugs can, perhaps, help us to better understand why some respond while others do not.

Medications
last activity 11 months ago
36    2

We should compare individuals who manage their disease with medication and those who manage their disease with popular diets in the IBD community, such as SCD, FODMAPS, paleo, etc.

One of the great questions in the IBD community is, understandably, about food. Some people are able to manage their disease with with diet alone, but many take medication. So, what's the difference? Why do particular meds work for some, and particular diets work for others? I propose comparing individuals who manage their condition with diet vs. those who manage their condition with medication, with the goal of figuring out whether it's genetics, the microbiome, or some other factor that makes a particular strategy effective for an individual. Ideally the "diet" and "med" groups would be as similar as possible (same disease in same location, similar initial clinical courses, same objective markers of inflammation, etc), and we'd want two groups of patients who have disease objectively "under control." This could impact every patient with IBD and better guide treatment decisions.

Diet
last activity 2 months ago
142    16

Improve interdisciplinary work between GI and GYN to better serve female IBD patient base. Improve education of women IBD patients about their specific risks, ie of chronic pain after fistulectomy.

Women's sexual health remains an underfunded research area, and female IBD patients are at higher risk to suffer from chronic sexual pain.

Women's Health
last activity 3 months ago
20    2

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Trends and Characteristics of Clinical Trials Participation for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the United States: A Report From IBD Partners

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Diet Low in Red and Processed Meat Does Not Reduce Rate of Crohn’s Disease Flares

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Impact of Obesity on Disease Activity andPatient-Reported Outcomes Measurement InformationSystem (PROMIS) in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

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Active Studies VIEW ALL
The Effects of Antidepressant Medication and Social Support on Disease Progression in IBD Patients

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Psychological Factors Associated with Adherence to Oral Treatment in IBD

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Rare IBD Characteristics Study

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