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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!

Do depressed IBD patients receive treatment for their depression?

In light of recent data from Partners showing a link between depression and a subsequent flare, im curious how many patients seek/receive treatment so as to minimize the risk of a flare. For those that don't, I wonder why and what barriers might impact access to care.

Other
last activity almost 3 years ago
5    3

What other inflammatory diseases are expressed in UC and Crohn's sufferers?

My sister found out she has vasculitis along with crohn's (both are inflammatory diseases). What is co-incidence and how prevalent? This would be something we could figure out with the right questions and by mining this data. Armed with this info we can be prepared for other potential problems.

Genetics
last activity 7 months ago
14    1

Association between oral hygiene and gut inflammation

Mouth problems have been associated with IBD, however, these problems have historically been explained as a symptom of IBD. I would like the hypothesis tested that mouth problems (e.g. possibly due to an altered oral microbiome) may be a trigger of inflammation, and not a symptom (i.e. good oral hygiene is associated with less gut inflammation). Background information: It has been shown that the oral microbiome in IBD patients differs compared to healthy controls (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21987382). Anecdotal evidence: I notice a worsening of symptoms when I do not regularly floss. I'm an epidemiologist, so I know there is little value in anecdotal evidence, but still wanted to share my thinking!

Lifestyle
last activity 10 months ago
7    1

Is the gut flora of people with IBD similar to people with depression and/or anxiety? I propose exploring a connection between the microbiota associated with IBD and mental health disorders.

I believe this question to be important because disruption of the gut flora is implicated in autoimmune diseases, obesity and mental illness and finding connections could broaden the medical community's approach in treating all of the above. I also think the designation of these illnesses as primarily "western illnesses" is interesting, particularly given how our food system functions (antibiotic use in meat production, use of bleach on salad greens, etc).

Microbiome
last activity 9 months ago
30    1

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 3 months ago
47    2

What portion of IBD patients also have IBS? How can IBS be accurately diagnosed in patients with IBD? How can patients/clinicians identify symptoms due to IBD versus IBS, and what treatments are best?

Irratable bowel syndrome (IBS) has many of the same symptoms as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Many patients with IBD may also experience IBS making it difficult to know how to treat given that the two conditions are managed differently. Clinicians sometimes attribute symptoms of abdominal pain or diarrhea to IBS without further investigation. I would like to see further study into why many patients continue to experience IBD symptoms when clinical signs suggest remission, and how to best manage these symptoms. I would also like to see how frequently IBS is inaccurately diagnosed.

Procedures And Testing
last activity 10 months ago
20    1

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 10 months ago
8    4

What are some modifiable lifestyle habits that have the most significant effects on IBD disease activity?

It would be great if we could identify key modifiable habits that effect disease activity (positive and negative) in order to understand ways to minimize disease activity? Some measures I would propose studying include: amount of sleep, alcohol use, smoking, hours worked per day or days per year, exercise, weight management, frequency of social/family interaction.

Lifestyle
last activity 7 months ago
9    2

After treatment failure with an anti-TNFa biologic medication (eg. Remicade, Humira), should patients attempt alternative anti-TNFa biologics or with biologic medications with different mechanisms?

Many patients experience diminished efficacy or complete loss of efficacy with anti-TNFa biologics. Which subsequent biologic medication option is most effective and safe?

Medications
last activity 3 months ago
16    1

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Published Studies VIEW ALL
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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Symptom Clusters in Adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Psychological Factors Associated with Adherence to Oral Treatment in IBD

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