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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              

Why is Crohn's disease being diagnosed so much more frequently in the past 2-5 years? Is it better diagnostics and understanding of the disease or that more drugs are being made to treat it?

To the lay person with IBD, especially those of us diagnosed with UC 10, 15, 20 years ago, so many of us are now being told we may have Crohn's and going through more testing to identify is that is so. It is also interesting that the heading "IBD" seems to more often refer only to Crohn's. It's as if those of us with a UC diagnosis are the ugly step-sister swept into a corner. And I have to wonder if there is as much research going on for UC as for Crohn's.

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last activity over 1 year ago
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Proposed Idea              

Examine the relation of Vitamin D deficiency possible contributing cause to IBD, beyond simple correlative data. Specifically Vit D involvement in immune development.

There is a well known increase in IBD in more western nations as well as higher latitudes. With most Western societies spending large amounts of time indoors at home, in cars, and at their employment, it's easy to see a causitive relation to decreased vitamin D in these populations. The increased latitude of Canada and Nordic countries also contributes low vitamin D levels in general population. Both of these population groups (Western Urban, and High latitudes) have increased incidence of IBD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3166406/ Provides a simple primer on Vit D relation to immune system development and maintenance; as well is it's deficiency in a host of autoimmune disorders. I would like to see a multi arm study along the following investigation paths: 1) Vit D testing for newly diagnosed. Followed by surveillance testing throughout treatment w/ and w/o vit supplementation arms. 2) Genetic testing for IBD markers/alleles in relation to Vit D levels (i.e. is the deficiency related to turning "on" various epigenetic and genetic markers that are present in active IBD). 3) Genetic testing of IBD markers, Vit D testing, and Gut microflora testing of non-active/IBD free family members for comparison of gene expression and interdependence between these factors, possibly prospective following of same patients if diagnosed offspring.

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last activity about 2 years ago
3    0
Proposed Idea              

Can IBD be related to any back pain/pelvis/sacrum?

Other
last activity over 1 year ago
5    2
Proposed Idea              

What is the best way to prepare for a Doctors visit with IBD?

I am going in for my first check up visit to the GI after being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. What information should I bring with me so the visit is actually helpful to myself and the Dr? I have been on Humira for 2 months now, so I'm assuming I should have a list of the different side effects I've had, but should I also be bringing in a list of the foods I've been eating, sleep schedule etc?

Other
last activity about 3 years ago
3    1

What is the link between ulcerative colitis and C. Difficile?

Other
last activity about 4 years ago
1    2
Proposed Idea              

Can GI tract be mapped to identify locations of specific nutrient absorption & areas of disease activity/damage be studied to determine likely deficiencies & appropriate supplements for individuals?

This could allow patients and providers a better understanding of what their specific disease damage and activity could be affecting and allow targeted vitamin/mineral nutritional supplementation to be prescribed, thus preventing or more effectively treating systemic complications of IBD and associated nutritional deficiencies affects on the body.

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last activity over 2 years ago
3    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 about 4 years ago
6    2
Proposed Idea              

What neurological complications are associated with Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis?

By monitoring several IBD forums, I see that people frequently have questions about various neurological complications like numbness, tingling, nerve pains etc. Current research is mixed on whether or not there are neurological extra-intestinal manifestations of IBD.

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last activity over 2 years ago
0    1
Proposed Idea              

Is it possible that zinc in galvanized potable water piping may be a factor in precipitating UC / Crohns? Alternatively, is it possible that stagnant water in galvanized piping might be a factor?

Three (3) flareups of IBD in my own past were all associated with moving into / living in domiciles which had been vacant for 2 - 6 months. All had galvanized water piping systems, and water was run / flushed for what seemed to be an appropriate time (10-15 mins.) prior to consumption.

Other
last activity about 3 years ago
1    1

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