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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!

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 11 months ago
45    2

What is the link between gum disease and colitis?

Genetics
last activity over 1 year ago
0    4
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How do seasonal allergies correlate with UC or CD flares and management?

I have begun to notice a recent correlation of my personal symptoms with seasonal allergies, and I am wondering if others have experienced this as well, or if antihistamines play any roll in this correlation.

Environment
last activity almost 2 years ago
12    1

What is the link between ulcerative colitis and C. Difficile?

Other
last activity over 3 years ago
1    2
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Is there a correlation between women's monthly menstruation and IBD-related flares? If there is a correlation between these two event, what can be done to reduce flares and/or reduce flares severity?

As a woman with IBD, I have experienced a once monthly abdominal pain since being diagnosed with IBD that feels like it is intestinal and subsides after one part of the cycle concludes. GI's have confirmed they have noticed women w/IBD often complain of IBD pain at specific times in the menstrual cycle.

Women's Health
last activity 18 days ago
1    0
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Certain probiotic strains produce histamine, and others help break it down. We should study the efficacy of supplementation with probiotic strains known to break down histamine in controlling the incidence of flares.

So many people are told that probiotics are good for them. I have always been very sensitive to them. I recently discovered that some strains actually produce histamine in the body and - therefore - could have been contributing to my symptoms and flare ups. I would love to know if supplementing with the strains that break down histamine could reverse inflammation in the gut.

Other
last activity 3 months ago
11    0
Proposed Idea              

Does cold weather affect Crohn's flares?

Every winter I spend 3 months vomiting, nauseous, and achy. My Dr. has said that I have IBS in addition to small bowel Crohn's. Do others with Crohn's disease experience these symptoms in the winter?

Environment
last activity over 3 years ago
4    1
Proposed Idea              

Do hormones affect IBD flares?

Many women seem to experience more GI symptoms during their period. Perhaps the onset of IBD is linked to a hormonal imbalance which manifests by attacking the gut.

Women's Health
last activity over 2 years ago
7    0
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What is the connection between IBD and Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

I have been a sufferer of HS for many years, even before I was formally diagnosed with Crohn's. It seems that when I have a flare, the HS flares up also. I was curious if there is a connection, how many people also have HS that have IBD diseases and what treatments have been successful (i.e. biologics, surgery, etc.)

Other
last activity over 1 year ago
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What is the role of antibiotics in triggering a flare up or induce/maintain remission (with particular focus on Rifaximin) ?

There have been a few researches showing that antibiotics might have a role in flares/remission. I have been diagnosed with UC 20 years ago and I have noticed that many times when I take antibiotics for other non IBD related issue my UC wakes up. I have also noticed that Rifaximin helps when I am experiencing mild symptoms. Could it be that some antibiotics kill the good bacteria therefore triggering a flare up and other have a positive effect killing the bad bacteria therefore supporting remission?

Microbiome
last activity over 1 year ago
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Diet Low in Red and Processed Meat Does Not Reduce Rate of Crohn’s Disease Flares

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Avoidance of Fiber is Associated with Greater Risk of Crohn's Disease Flare in a 6 Month Period

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Prevalence of a Gluten-free Diet and Improvement of Clinical Symptoms in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

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