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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!

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 diet (i.e. plant based, whole food/vegan) is most likely to help IBD patients achieve and retain remission?

Many medications and treatments for IBD are costly and long-term commitments. Dietary and lifestyle changes are a crucial first line of defense and often a more financially sustainable intervention. Patients and medical practitioners need more information about health-supportive diets.

Diet
last activity 26 days ago
45    15
Proposed Idea              

For those patients who have failed anti-TNF alpha therapy, what is the next best step? Is Entyvio, Stelara, or Xeljanz more effective?

Many patients, myself included, have either not responded to anti-TNF therapies or have lost response. It would be helpful for both doctors and patients to know what the next best step is.

Medications
last activity about 2 months ago
21    5
Proposed Idea              

Does IBD impact the absorption and pharmacokinetics or oral medications?

IBD can have a significant impact on motility and gut absorption. Most medication pharmacokinetic studies are completed using healthy volunteers. If there is a significant impact on oral medication absorption/pharmacokinetics with active IBD, this may have an important role in determining a safe and effective dose.

Medications
last activity about 2 months ago
35    6

Are there any IBD patients who are on the Paleo or Specific Carbohydrate Diet? Has this diet positively affected your symptoms?

While all IBD sufferers have unique food triggers, I was wondering if anyone has had success by eliminating certain foods.

Diet
last activity about 2 months ago
35    12
Proposed Idea              

Do prior authorizations required by insurance companies cause delays in patient therapies, and can these delays be correlated in an increased risk of treatment failures or increased disease activity?

In my experience with IBD, I have had several experiences where my insurance companies PA requirements have delayed my therapies weeks or months. I believe that this may lead to increased disease activity and poorer treatment outcomes or increased risk of treatment failure. If studies can effectively demonstrate this relationship, perhaps insurance companies will recognize the potential increased costs of therapy delays that result from the PA process and will strive to improve the expediency of their PA processes.

Other
last activity about 2 months ago
26    3

What kinds of diets are recommended for Crohn's patients?

Diet
last activity about 2 months ago
34    8

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
Proposed Idea              

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 19 days ago
32    11

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