Research Ideas  

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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  • View published research

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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               Best Fit for Others

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.

last activity over 2 years ago
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What is the most common cause of death in IBD patients?

I am guessing it's complications and/or weight loss or failure of the immune system. Wondering if this is trackable in order to develop prevention ideas.

last activity 3 months ago
2    0
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Is the use of probiotics significantly beneficial for IBD patients? If so, what types are most beneficial for mucosal healing and prevention of future disease activity?

Current treatments for IBD focus heavily on the body's immune response and "warding off" the disease. It is important to do what we can to heal the intestine after damage has occurred and prevent damage to the best of our ability.

last activity almost 2 years ago
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Is peppermint oil effective in prevention and treatment of pouchitis?

Peppermint oil has been used to treat GI conditions including IBS. Peppermint oil has many mechanisms of action which may make it effective in treating pouchitis. Peppermint oil is an antispasmodic, it is antibacterial, and anti inflammatory. Peppermint oil, delivered directly to the pouch, via a pH dependent delivery system may be effective in the management of pouchitis.

Alternative Therapies
last activity over 2 years ago
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Are the methods Donna Jackson Nakasawa (see: proposes to help people heal themselves of auto-immune illness effective for IBD?

Donna has proposed in her book "Childhood Disrupted" a number of methods for healing the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). She claims the correlation between ACEs and autoimmune illness (particularly for women) later on in life is very strong (

Mental Health
last activity over 2 years ago
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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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