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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!

Did the Holocaust have to do with the rise in IBD?

We know that Jews of European decent have a much higher chance of having an IBD. We know that the number of diagnosis of IBD has risen significantly in the last few decades. What is the one huge event that happened to the Jews of Europe just 70 years ago? The Holocaust. It could be a gene that was associated with another gene that promoted survival. It could have been a gene mutation due to living in extreme conditions. It could have been the terrible sanitation. It could have been the trauma that had been passed on to the following generations... there is much to investigate there. I come from a family of Holocaust survivors, myself. Thank you for your consideration.

Genetics
last activity over 2 years ago
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Proposed Idea              

Since we know the Microbiome is a key component in Crohns disease, What therapies are being developed to treat the Microbiome?

I see drug companies producing drug after drug for inflammatory processes, which I know is needed for Crohns, but I am wondering when and if targeted Microbiome therapies are in the future of western medicine for Crohns?

Microbiome
last activity over 1 year ago
1    1

I would like more research done on using the combination of a biologic (Humira) and Azathioprine (Imuran) together for treatment of crohns. Are the benefits really worth the risk? or is the risk not that bad?

I am on both of these meds and I have been questioned by my pharmacist about taking both of them together. I have read about the risks, and I'm not sure if I really do need both of the drugs. The information I have read seems to imply that getting cancer at some point is almost a certainty.

Medications
last activity almost 2 years ago
7    4
Proposed Idea              

Researching IBD symptom of fatigue and low energy: normal diet arm vs. supplement arm (Vitamins D3 and B12, and Fish Oil.)

There are many health benefits of being on a plant based diet. However, veganism can be associated with low levels of vitamins D3 and B12. Such as study would determine comprehensive care for patients considering their energy levels, diet, and supplement intake.

Diet
last activity about 1 month ago
2    0
Proposed Idea               Best Fit for Others

We should determine why the prevalence of IBD in developing countries is so low, yet immigrants from those countries and their children are at increased risk of IBD.

This question might help decipher the contribution of genetic and environmental factors (e.g. sunlight, the microbiome, exposure to antibiotics)

Environment
last activity almost 2 years ago
43    1
Proposed Idea              

How do seasonal allergies correlate with UC or CD flares and management?

I have begun to notice a recent correlation of my personal symptoms with seasonal allergies, and I am wondering if others have experienced this as well, or if antihistamines play any roll in this correlation.

Environment
last activity almost 2 years ago
12    1

How can the sCDAI be accurately assessed for Crohn's patients who experience constipation and not frequent and/or loose bowel movements?

Diarrhoea is not a symptom in all Crohn's patients. This causes two primary issues. The first issue is the length of time to be tested and diagnosed as constipation is not often seen as a symptom. Second, most disease activity surveys/charts/measurements become inaccurate for those who do not experience loose, watery stools. This only adds to the frustration and alienation of the patient from society and now their own IBD community.

Procedures And Testing
last activity over 3 years ago
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Proposed Idea              

Creation of a test to verify or deny IBD in persons struggling with symptoms

It took 16 years to verify my Cohn's, from age 13-29 years. Had all sorts of tests and was treated like I was crazy. Spent a month in treatment due to anorexia because eating was so painful. Diagnosed by having exploratory surgery. Because of that I had malnutrition, lost all my teeth and suffered way too long.

Procedures And Testing
last activity almost 4 years ago
4    3

Can positive emotions favorably influence IBD patient status?

Research tends to focus on negative emotional state (depression) and the potential downside. Work by Dr B. Fredrickson shows positive emotions can provide favorable health impact and has developed a simple on line tool to measure positive emotions which could be incorporated into this site to do research going forward.

Other
last activity almost 2 years ago
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Proposed Idea              

Can fistulae (particularly perineal/perianal) be caused by holding in BMs for long stretches of time? Specifically, is this occurring in children and teens with IBD?

I had diarrhea from age 11 (1971) without a diagnosis until 1978 when I had a perineal abscess drained by a gynecologist in the hospital. I could see that it was a fistula (dad had medical books around the house). About a week later, while on Cleocin and Keflex, my colon perforated and I almost died before expl lap and temporary colostomy to "rest" my gut. I'd had 7 years of public school, holding in the stool all day, until I could get home. I was not comfortable having diarrhea at school, either because of complaints from kids or smokers who dominated the bathrooms.

Other
last activity over 2 years ago
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