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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 is the long term effectiveness of bowel resection as a treatment? What % of people are in remission at intervals of decades following surgery? What factors lead to longer periods of remission?

I have the experience of a surgery in about 1972 and continue to be in remission. Knowing more about why some surgery is sucessful like this seems like it would help inform treatment choices.

Procedures And Testing
last activity 10 days ago
37    7
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How many people who have had a resection suffer with ongoing diarrhea? What medications/OTC drugs are most effective with this problem?

This is important for quality of life... and perhaps surgeons will be more conservative in cutting if there is a chance to save important regions of the intestinal track!

Procedures And Testing
last activity 6 months ago
43    11
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I would like to know the incidence of relapses of disease (Crohns, UC, other IBD) immediately following a colonoscopy, when the patient has been in remission prior to the test.

I was in remission with my Crohns for years and had an colonoscopy and have had active disease ever since, for over 3 years.

Procedures And Testing
last activity 6 months ago
21    4

What percentage of patients who have colons removed or resectioned have been "cured" of their IBD?

Gives insight into options other than medication when nothing else has worked.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 1 year ago
9    3
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Can ulcers be healed using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy? Is this an effective method to help promote healing in the intestines?

I think it is important to give IBDers the tools to help their body heal. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers have few risks and are non invasive. If we can speed up the healing of our intestines, this would benefit the patient greatly in their ability to become healthy again after finding a treatment that calms the inflammation.

Procedures And Testing
last activity 8 months ago
2    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 about 1 year ago
20    1
Proposed Idea              

Is there a link between UC and yeast infections?

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 3 years ago
8    1
Proposed Idea              

I have UC, how often do you guys get a colonoscopy?

I want to know what the "regular" screening process is for others.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 2 years ago
1    2
Closed               Best Fit for Others

What percentage of patients fecal caloprotectin levels do not correlate (well or at all!) with colonoscopy results and for those patients, are there common factors that can be described.

For some patients like myself, fecal caloprotectin levels have been either borderline or normal since my surgery, but on colonoscopy active inflammation is seen (ulcers, erythema) at anastomosis or terminal ileum. It would be good to understand if there are some patients for whom this marker can't really be used to assess for recurrence of disease.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 1 month ago
2    0
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 over 4 years ago
4    3

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