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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              

The prevelance of careeganan in the diets of those who have developed Colitis / chrones. Secondly how foods with this present effects the prevelance of associated symptoms

The current research around careeganan shows that this is harmful and damages the body in the way colitis and chrons presents itself. If this information is not widely known people continue to expose themselves to harmful foods.

Diet
last activity 12 months ago
4    2

We need to develop a better understanding of how nutrition as a whole affects IBD and put together a more comprehensive diet plan that includes the definite triggers.

Food has always been a contributing factor in my flares of Crohn's Disease, but the original recommendation by my doctors 20 years ago has turned out to be not only false, but the complete opposite of what I needed to be eating for my illness. I have recently started working on figuring out a better plan for my eating habits and have discovered a few things that I would like validated by research.

Diet
last activity 5 months ago
47    2

How does disease activity and symptoms compare between patients with a vegan/vegetarian versus those who consume meat.

There are many various diets claiming health benefits but it's often difficult to compare complex diets. Vegan and vegetarian diets are simple dietary restrictions that are somewhat common and can be assessed more easily.

Diet
last activity 12 months ago
8    4
Proposed Idea              

diet for UC and diabetes

Many suffer from both, and many foods good for diabetes are problematic in UC.

Diet
last activity about 3 years ago
5    1
Proposed Idea              

Effects of soluble and insoluble fiber on patients with Ulcerative Colitis vs Crohn's disease.

So many patients with IBD avoid high fiber foods for fear of exacerbating their symptoms. A previous CCFA Partners study "Avoidance of Fiber is Associated with Greater Risk of Crohn's Disease Flare in a 6 Month Period" addressed this, but unfortunately did not differentiate between soluble and insoluble fiber. There is not enough research on IBD and diet in general, but I believe it is so important, because we all have to eat. A high fiber diet is considered to be important for many aspects of good health in the general public. But insoluble fiber specifically is a part of the diet that is widely considered by IBD patients to be taboo. This thought is based on our own personal conclusions rather than on good, solid research. I want to know if and when it's safe to eat fruits and vegetables, and how to prepare them.

Diet
last activity 9 months ago
7    0
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 7 months ago
3    0
Proposed Idea              

Study the role that emulsifiers and other additives in our diet may play in IBD symptoms.

I am able to eat home made salad and salad dressing, but almost always get sick on a salad I eat out. Homemade bread, or bread from the chain of Great Harvest bakeries, causes me no problems, but packaged bread does. Rich homemade ice cream causes me no problems, but many packaged ice creams do. Making EVERYTHING from scratch, takes an enormous amount of time. Finding products without any emulsifiers or additives isn't easy; even simple ingredient lists of 5-7 items often contain at least 1. An understanding of even a few things known to be safer or less safe, would expand the repertoire of food I could eat. It's hard to personally test this with a food journal, because many products contain multiple additives. I know from facebook crohns forums, that I am not alone in these issues.

Diet
last activity 9 months ago
2    1
Proposed Idea              

A recent study linked gut problems with food additives/emulsifiers such as polysorbate 80. Would anyone be interested in limiting their diet to prohibit food additives and emulsifiers that are in processed foods to see if it affects disease progression?

Increases in IBD seem to follow economic development, which includes the availability of more processed foods. It would make sense that food is involved with these diseases of the digestive system.

Diet
last activity over 2 years ago
9    2
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 15 days ago
40    0
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 10 months ago
2    0

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Published Studies VIEW ALL
Avoidance of Fiber is Associated with Greater Risk of Crohn's Disease Flare in a 6 Month Period

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Prevalence of a Gluten-free Diet and Improvement of Clinical Symptoms in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

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Dietary Patterns and Self-Reported Associations of Diet with Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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Active Studies VIEW ALL
Food And Crohn’s Exacerbation Study (FACES)

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