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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!

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What is the role of stress and the stress response in autoimmunity?

Anyone with a disease can tell you that high stress environments make symptoms worse and relaxation techniques often help. It has also been shown, primarily in animal studies, that "stress hormones" like cortisol or changes at in epigenes have severe repercussions across the body. Can managing these help control symptoms or remission?

Lifestyle
last activity 11 months ago
55    4

What is the effect of hormones, particularly increased estrogen, on Crohn's disease.

The common statement is that 1/3 of Crohn's patients feel better or go into remission during pregnancy. Why? Is there a way to be able to replicate the "pregnancy effect" when patients are not pregnant.

Women's Health
last activity 8 months ago
63    8

The use of Cannabis as treatment for Crohn's Disease symptoms.

The use of Cannabis for CD symptoms should be highly considered. We are constantly using drugs to manage our symptoms but with the use of those drugs can come serious side effects. If you are someone like myself who suffers from extreme nausea waking up in the morning and attempting to keep a pill down is in a word, impossible. You can't keep the medication down long enough for it to take any actual effect but taking a couple deep breaths to calm yourself and take your Cannabis is a much quicker, easier solution that improves nausea instantly. Research has shown the CBD in Cannabis is linked to incredible anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, anti-nausea, anti-anxiety, and muscle relaxing properties. This would be extremely beneficial to us CD suffers since our disease revolves around inflammation. Cannabis when used properly is a easier, safer, more effective way to relieve CD symptoms.

Alternative Therapies
last activity 10 months ago
14    4
Proposed Idea               Best Fit for Others

Can a history of taking a lot of antibiotics result in wiping out your good gut bacteria and lead to IBD? Can probiitics or stool transplants protect from getting IBD or treat IBD?

Over prescribing of antibiotics starting in childhood has been a documented problem. If this could be contributing to the incidence of IBD, that would be important to know as a further deterrent. Also knowing what to do for patients who have no choice but to take a lot of antibiotics would be helpful. And if this is a subtype of causality, it could be specifically targeted for prevention and treatment.

Other
last activity over 2 years ago
12    2
Proposed Idea              

Which medications are more effective at treating Crohn's disease?

Multiple doctors have recommended that I start treatment for my Crohn's disease. There are many options from diet change, steroids, and immonosuapresants. My CD is very active and I have already had two surgeries.

Medications
last activity over 1 year ago
4    2

Do patients have better control of their disease when they communicate with other patients (via support groups, camps, online forums, etc)?

Support groups can be a great opportunity to learn more about the disease from the experience of others. They can be a resource of both good and poor advice. I suspect the overall impact of patient peer support is positive of disease management.

Lifestyle
last activity almost 2 years ago
4    3

What is the efficacy of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet on Crohn's/UC?

When I was diagnosed with Crohn's, my GI told me that diets don't work. After my GI recommended Humira, I decided to try SCD before I tried such a potent medication. The diet started working within days and, by the end of the first month, most of my symptoms were gone. Today it's been over a year and a half since I've had any significant symptoms. I would like to know if SCD works for others and, if so, what percentage of patients.

Diet
last activity about 1 month ago
6    6

I propose a genetics-based investigation that explores why some drugs work for some people but not others.

Many IBD patients go through years of pain and suffering because they haven't found "their drug" yet. This immense suffering could be reduced if we could determine which individuals respond to which drugs and WHY, as determined by their environment and DNA.

Genetics
last activity 12 months ago
80    3
Proposed Idea              

Has your inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis (and/or associated symptoms) influenced your preferred location of employment (home-based vs outside the home)?

I think it is important to consider how lifestyle changes influence the progression of IBD. Some diagnosed individuals may seek out jobs that allow them to work from home when symptomatic. This change in lifestyle itself may impact the progression of IBD in ways we don't yet understand. This question is increasingly important as the number of home-based employment opportunities is on the rise. Many jobs can be performed on a computer, and your employer saves money if they don't have to rent and heat an office for your to sit in. Thus, it is expected the trend of increasing home-based employment will continue.

Lifestyle
last activity about 1 month ago
7    1

How can we help couples make more informed decisions regarding medication usage during pregnancy and nursing? Most biologics have not even had animal studies conducted.

Making healthy decisions about the health of one's unborn child is one of the most important responsibilities of a parent. Any help the medical community can give would help with better outcomes for babies and mothers in addition to easing pre-pregnancy anxieties.

Women's Health
last activity about 1 year ago
4    2

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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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A Novel Patient-Reported Outcome-Based Evaluation (PROBE) of Quality of Life in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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