In this area you will be able to:
- Propose, vote on, and discuss research ideas
- View current studies
- View published research
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!
Can a history of taking a lot of antibiotics result in wiping out your good gut bacteria and lead to IBD? Can probiitics or stool transplants protect from getting IBD or treat IBD?
Over prescribing of antibiotics starting in childhood has been a documented problem. If this could be contributing to the incidence of IBD, that would be important to know as a further deterrent. Also knowing what to do for patients who have no choice but to take a lot of antibiotics would be helpful. And if this is a subtype of causality, it could be specifically targeted for prevention and treatment.
Nicotine has shown to be effective for UC in some individuals, both prior- and non-smokers. What is the mechanism? Does nicotine affect the microbiome, the immune system or both?
Big Pharma will not take on the role of studying nicotine as there is no $$$ in it. Few studies with small sample sizes have been done but more research is needed.
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?
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)
Develop nutritionally sound and bio-available nutritional supplement(s) addressing long term health issues associated with poor vitamin/ mineral/ nutrient absorption due to rapid transit time, medication and/ or scarring of the intestinal lining.
Long term chronic IBD often includes development of nutritional deficiencies due to diet, eating patterns, medication side effects and intestinal scarring which are difficult to overcome using traditional supplements due to low bio-availability, supplement form, difficulty incorporating into liquid, soft or normal diet, nutritional completness.
I propose a study of a non-GMO diet for Crohn's and UC patients. With an emphasis on understanding the rising rate of diagnosis in the US and Asia regions versus the EU region which has banned GMO.
Provide data which could should a causal effect in the increase of diagnosis in specific regions which allow GMO products.
Since crohn's disease appears to be site specific, a location analysis may yield some additional clues on what triggers the inflammation.
Social Media Use and Preferences in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Partners Patient-Powered Research Network - Patient Perspectives on Facilitators and Barriers to Building an Impactful Patient-Powered Research Network