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Welcome to IBD Partners Research Ideas Page!

In this area you will be able to:

  • Propose, vote on, and discuss research ideas
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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!

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 3 months ago
20    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 2 days ago
46    2
Proposed Idea              

How common is the incidence of Skin Cancer in IBD patience on 6mp or Mercaptupurine!

Suffered two Incidence of Squamis Cell Carcinoma of the Lower Lip since being on 6mp

Medications
last activity over 1 year ago
1    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 3 months ago
8    4
Proposed Idea              

Is there a link between UC and yeast infections?

Procedures And Testing
last activity over 2 years ago
8    1
Proposed Idea              

Are longer wait periods for doctor appointments associated with increased risk of emergency rooms visits and/or hospitalizations? Does it result in increased use of steroids and/or antibiotics?

I've experienced a huge variability between different doctors/clinics in their ability to fit me in for appointments when requested. I suspect that when doctors have appointment wait lists that exceed a month, it increases the risk of a patient requiring emergency care or hospitalization and it increases the likelihood that patient's will use more steroids and/or antibiotics. Studying this effect may help identify an unmet need for better patient triage services at the doctors office.

Other
last activity about 2 years ago
4    1

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 2 days 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 8 months ago
16    1
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The use of lglutamine in achieving remission and those who have used this as either the main factor or as a contributing factor

I believe this strongly helped me alongside a low fibre diet, avoiding all foods that my body is intolerant to (following food intolerance test) and using lglutamine for internal repair.

Alternative Therapies
last activity 3 months ago
5    2
Proposed Idea              

diet for UC and diabetes

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

Diet
last activity over 2 years ago
5    1

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Published Studies VIEW ALL
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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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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