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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!

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What is the effect of hormones, particularly increased estrogen, on Crohn's disease.

The common statement is that 1/3 of Crohn's patients feel better or go into remission during pregnancy. Why? Is there a way to be able to replicate the "pregnancy effect" when patients are not pregnant.

Women's Health
last activity 10 months ago
61    8

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 8 months ago
13    4
Proposed Idea              

Which medications are more effective at treating Crohn's disease?

Multiple doctors have recommended that I start treatment for my Crohn's disease. There are many options from diet change, steroids, and immonosuapresants. My CD is very active and I have already had two surgeries.

Medications
last activity 3 months ago
4    2

We need to develop a better understanding of how nutrition as a whole affects IBD and put together a more comprehensive diet plan that includes the definite triggers.

Food has always been a contributing factor in my flares of Crohn's Disease, but the original recommendation by my doctors 20 years ago has turned out to be not only false, but the complete opposite of what I needed to be eating for my illness. I have recently started working on figuring out a better plan for my eating habits and have discovered a few things that I would like validated by research.

Diet
last activity 6 months ago
45    2

I propose that the link between Crohn's/UC and other auto-immune diseases be researched more in depth.

Environment
last activity 6 months ago
14    3
Proposed Idea              

What effects, if any, do sleep disorders have on Crohn's disease activity levels?

The physical "stress" of getting too little sleep (less than 6 or 7 hours per night) exacerbates my symptoms. This is a phenomenon I have observed over the last 30+ years. Unfortunately, I also have 3 sleep disorders. Therefore, despite the medications I take, I can't tell whether I've had good quality sleep even when I sleep 8 or more hours. Do patients who don't respond well to Crohn's treatments have undiagnosed sleep disorders?

Other
last activity 6 months ago
1    1
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How likely is being put on Remicade for Crohn's Disease going to stop the recurrence of fistula's and abscesses to prevent having to have surgeries?

I have had four abscesses removed via surgery thus far and one fistula removed. However, another fistula has been found via a recent ultra sound I had done which I was told most likely will need to be treated with another surgery.

Procedures And Testing
last activity over 1 year ago
2    1

Research shows less colitis in mice eating high cellulose than mice eating low cellulose & Crohn’s symptoms stopped in 4 wks in 4 people eating a high cellulose (bran) cereal. Cellulose feeds good bacteria—does eating bran cereal help fix the microbiome?

Many people with Crohn's disease want to know what food to eat. There seems to be a lot of research about drugs and dietary supplements, but not much research to help people know what food to eat.

Diet
last activity almost 4 years ago
14    2
Proposed Idea              

Effects of soluble and insoluble fiber on patients with Ulcerative Colitis vs Crohn's disease.

So many patients with IBD avoid high fiber foods for fear of exacerbating their symptoms. A previous CCFA Partners study "Avoidance of Fiber is Associated with Greater Risk of Crohn's Disease Flare in a 6 Month Period" addressed this, but unfortunately did not differentiate between soluble and insoluble fiber. There is not enough research on IBD and diet in general, but I believe it is so important, because we all have to eat. A high fiber diet is considered to be important for many aspects of good health in the general public. But insoluble fiber specifically is a part of the diet that is widely considered by IBD patients to be taboo. This thought is based on our own personal conclusions rather than on good, solid research. I want to know if and when it's safe to eat fruits and vegetables, and how to prepare them.

Diet
last activity 4 months ago
6    0
Proposed Idea              

Why is Crohn's disease being diagnosed so much more frequently in the past 2-5 years? Is it better diagnostics and understanding of the disease or that more drugs are being made to treat it?

To the lay person with IBD, especially those of us diagnosed with UC 10, 15, 20 years ago, so many of us are now being told we may have Crohn's and going through more testing to identify is that is so. It is also interesting that the heading "IBD" seems to more often refer only to Crohn's. It's as if those of us with a UC diagnosis are the ugly step-sister swept into a corner. And I have to wonder if there is as much research going on for UC as for Crohn's.

Other
last activity 6 months ago
7    0

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Diet Low in Red and Processed Meat Does Not Reduce Rate of Crohn’s Disease Flares

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Impact of Obesity on Disease Activity andPatient-Reported Outcomes Measurement InformationSystem (PROMIS) in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

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Evaluation of Gastrointestinal Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (GI-PROMIS) Symptom Scales in Patients with Crohn's Disease in CCFA Partners

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