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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              

Does medicinal marijuana have an anti-inflammatory response on IBD patients?

The numbers of IBD patients using medicinal marijuana is increasing at a rapid pace and many patients who use it feel that it improves their quality of life. We need research-based evidence to determine the underlying connection. Does it improve symptoms that make patients feel better (pain, loss of appetite, decreased stress and increased sleep), or does it actually have an anti-inflammatory effect on the gut?

Alternative Therapies
last activity 5 days ago
106    19

What research has been done on using CBD extracted from marijuana or on marijuana in the treatment of various IBD (Crohn's, Colitis, etc)? Are there positive correlations to it treating the disease?

Gets users talking about potential alternative treatments, as well as treatments that may have far less significant side effects when compared to biologics and steroids.

Alternative Therapies
last activity about 2 months ago
58    8

What is the comparative safety and efficacy of natural supplements (vitamin D, fish oil, turmeric) commonly used in IBD versus prescription medications?

Many of us try natural supplements instead of or in addition to prescription medications in the management of IBD. Are natural supplement products more safe or effective when compared to prescription medications? Is combining natural supplements with prescription treatments more effective?

Alternative Therapies
last activity 2 months ago
24    4

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 2 months ago
12    4
Proposed Idea               Best Fit for Others

Are fecal transplants a safe and effective treatment for IBD?

Patients are experimenting with fecal transplants without the benefits of a scientific study determining effectiveness and safety. Can we pump more funds into understanding the role of microbes on IBD, and whether there is a safer way to introduce beneficial microbes into the gut?

Alternative Therapies
last activity 22 days ago
65    2
Proposed Idea              

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 about 1 year ago
6    2

I propose researching medical cannabis for both symptom management and clinical remission.

Several studies have already been done in Israel at the Meir Institute with very promising results. A placebo controlled study with medication-resistant patients showed a remission rate approximately the same as leading medications. (~50% clinical remission.) Creating safer medications that are also less expensive than current medications should be a high priority, particularly given the promising results, both clinical and anecdotal, and the rising approval of medical cannabis across the US.

Alternative Therapies
last activity 2 months ago
39    1
Proposed Idea              

The use of a specialized technique in Physical therapy developed by Clear Passages to alleviate intestinal obstructions to prevent surgery and mediate obstruction symptoms.

I have used this therapy to alleviate symptoms of intestinal obstruction and alleviate symptoms associated with blockages. It has prevented me from having surgery twice now. I have had two surgeries in the past and the adhesions plus active crohn's predispose me to intestinal blockage and obstruction.

Alternative Therapies
last activity 2 months ago
5    0
Proposed Idea              

Can positive psychology applications help manage disease?

Happiness research is finding successful impact with many types of disorders. How might it help with UC sufferers?

Alternative Therapies
last activity 5 months ago
9    0
Proposed Idea              

Is saccharomyces boulardii a possible alternative for many of the medications currently used for UC and Crohns?

I think this research is very important given the cost of medication currently prescribed for these illnesses not to mention the many side effects these drugs can have on a person's overall health.

Alternative Therapies
last activity over 2 years ago
4    1

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