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Welcome to IBD Partners Research Ideas Page!

In this area you will be able to:

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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              

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 almost 2 years ago
9    1

Do changes in manufacturing processes of Biologics alter the clinical impact (treatment success and/or adverse events)?

Biologic medications are developed through a complex process of using living organisms to harvest the biologic proteins. Manufacturers sometimes alter the manufacturing process, and these changes have the potential to cause slight changes in the final product. There is a lack of data/research regarding the impact of these slight changes. Furthermore, biosimilars (biologics developed by new manufacturers with different manufacturing processes), are pending FDA approval. Biosimilars will not require as extensive clinical testing prior to approval, compared with the original manufactured products. We ought to collect extensive data to better understand if slight changes in biologic proteins have a clinical impact.

Medications
last activity over 3 years ago
5    1

What are the after effects of ceasing biologic treatment for CD?

There is a significant population of patients for whom biologics are no longer a viable or recommended treatment. Our healthcare going forward is complicated by the permanent effects of these medications on the body's systems.

Medications
last activity almost 4 years ago
12    1

Are biosimilars equally effective maintaining remission in patients who achieved remission with the “brand” TNF-blocker?

I was at a recent CCF educational session and the gastroenterologist giving a talk said that VA patients, stable on infliximab, were switched to the biosiomilar, presumably for cost. Some did not do was well after the switch. If someone is stable on a TNF-blocker, what is the risk of their illness worsening if switched to the biosimilar?

Medications
last activity over 1 year ago
1    1
Proposed Idea              

Does anti-interleukin therapy work for Crohn's patients who have developed uveitis?

Anti-TNF therapy has been proven to treat both Crohn's and uveitis. There is no research yet on whether anti-interleukin therapy is effective for uveitis. My personal experience has shown that anti-interleukin therapy does not work on uveitis. Is my hypothesis correct?

Medications
last activity about 2 months ago
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Proposed Idea              

What treatments used for Crohn's Disease are more effective for symptoms that are primarily non-intestinal such as inflammatory arthritis, eye symptoms & skin rashes.

Current treatments seem to address intestinal symptoms and non-intestinal symptoms require additional symptomatic treatments. Too much & too imprecise.

Medications
last activity about 1 year ago
9    0
Proposed Idea              

Has there been any research on proton pump inhibitors causing IBD

Wondering if many people taking these drugs have this disease

Medications
last activity 5 months ago
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Proposed Idea              

What is the nationwide average cost of Remicade per 5mg/kg? It seems that this number fluctuates immensely from state-to-state. Would be curious what they pay in Canada too.

When I moved from NYC to Vermont, my Remicade quadrupled. I receive 10mg/kg, so 800mg, every 2 months. In NYC this would cost me around $6k each time. In Vermont it's $24k each time. Very concerning.

Medications
last activity 7 months ago
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Proposed Idea              

What are the treatment outcomes of using Accutane for treatment of resistant acne in adults with Crohn's Disease? Does the dosage and length of treatment time using Accutane impact Crohn's related symptoms?

There is conflicting evidence with small sample sizes and limited studies on the association between Accutane and Crohn's disease. Dermatologists and patients need to know best practice procedures and potential implications, and outcomes before using acne medications.

Medications
last activity over 1 year ago
9    0

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