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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!

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 3 months ago
80    17
Lifestyle
last activity 3 months ago
13    3

I would love to see a study that compared quality of life and remission rates of the SCD diet, Paleo Diet and/or Autoimmune Paleo diet on Crohns and UC sufferers.

Patient testimonials have caused these diets to be incredibly popular with managing IBD symptoms. However the main argument continuously held agains them is the lack of research evidence showing their effectiveness. This sounds like the perfect role of the CCFA, which is charged with conducting research to help those in the I D community. There are now several companies offering frozen Paleo and AIP meal deliveries to individuals for about $300 per week, making a study where participants are sent all 21 meals in a week (to cut down on variation between adherence) cost effective and feasible.

Diet
last activity 2 months ago
19    2

Create a database that tracks the long-term outcomes for patients on biologic medications (Remicade, Humira, Cimzia, Simponi, Tysabri, and Entyvio) to assess their long-term efficacy.

As IBD research and treatments progress, biologics are becoming an ever-more staple part of a patients treatment regimen. However, many patients still fail to respond effectively to these medications while others can maintain long-term remission specifically because of them. I believe it is important for the IBD community to further explore why this variation in response occurs, and tracking those that respond effectively to these biologic drugs can, perhaps, help us to better understand why some respond while others do not.

Medications
last activity 8 months ago
36    2

What is the role of stress and the stress response in autoimmunity?

Anyone with a disease can tell you that high stress environments make symptoms worse and relaxation techniques often help. It has also been shown, primarily in animal studies, that "stress hormones" like cortisol or changes at in epigenes have severe repercussions across the body. Can managing these help control symptoms or remission?

Lifestyle
last activity 6 months ago
55    4

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 2 months ago
63    8

What portion of IBD patients also have IBS? How can IBS be accurately diagnosed in patients with IBD? How can patients/clinicians identify symptoms due to IBD versus IBS, and what treatments are best?

Irratable bowel syndrome (IBS) has many of the same symptoms as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Many patients with IBD may also experience IBS making it difficult to know how to treat given that the two conditions are managed differently. Clinicians sometimes attribute symptoms of abdominal pain or diarrhea to IBS without further investigation. I would like to see further study into why many patients continue to experience IBD symptoms when clinical signs suggest remission, and how to best manage these symptoms. I would also like to see how frequently IBS is inaccurately diagnosed.

Procedures And Testing
last activity 6 months ago
20    1

I propose researching medical cannabis for both symptom management and clinical remission.

Several studies have already been done in Israel at the Meir Institute with very promising results. A placebo controlled study with medication-resistant patients showed a remission rate approximately the same as leading medications. (~50% clinical remission.) Creating safer medications that are also less expensive than current medications should be a high priority, particularly given the promising results, both clinical and anecdotal, and the rising approval of medical cannabis across the US.

Alternative Therapies
last activity 4 months ago
39    1

What are the pros and cons of the different biologic medication options and how do they compare to one another? Is there a specific order that these should be tried?

With an increasing number of patients taking biologic medications (remicade, humira, entyvio), we need to know how these compare both in remission rates and side effects

Medications
last activity over 4 years ago
2    1

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