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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 26 days ago
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Are there any IBD patients who are on the Paleo or Specific Carbohydrate Diet? Has this diet positively affected your symptoms?

While all IBD sufferers have unique food triggers, I was wondering if anyone has had success by eliminating certain foods.

Diet
last activity about 2 months ago
35    12

What kinds of diets are recommended for Crohn's patients?

Diet
last activity about 2 months ago
34    8
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Does gluten have an impact on symptoms and progression of IBD?

I have read a lot of anecdotal stories and watched many documentaries about how completely removing gluten from the diet has improved, and sometimes reversed, many health ailments such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, fibromyalgia, MS, IBD, and more. I also read the results of the previous CCFA partners survey that indicated improvement of symptoms by patients following a gluten free lifestyle. I would love to see a more in-depth, controlled study of this topic. Most doctors I have visited have never recommended a restrictive diet to improve my symptoms. The only person to do this is my current nutritionist who is able to control her UC by eliminating gluten. Just a few of my resources have been the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and the documentaries Forks Over Knives and Fed Up.

Diet
last activity 2 months ago
6    3

We should compare individuals who manage their disease with medication and those who manage their disease with popular diets in the IBD community, such as SCD, FODMAPS, paleo, etc.

One of the great questions in the IBD community is, understandably, about food. Some people are able to manage their disease with with diet alone, but many take medication. So, what's the difference? Why do particular meds work for some, and particular diets work for others? I propose comparing individuals who manage their condition with diet vs. those who manage their condition with medication, with the goal of figuring out whether it's genetics, the microbiome, or some other factor that makes a particular strategy effective for an individual. Ideally the "diet" and "med" groups would be as similar as possible (same disease in same location, similar initial clinical courses, same objective markers of inflammation, etc), and we'd want two groups of patients who have disease objectively "under control." This could impact every patient with IBD and better guide treatment decisions.

Diet
last activity 2 months ago
139    16

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
17    1
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Research the validity of VSL#3 probiotic in controlling flare ups or as a factor in remission.

I tried this as a last resort 3years ago during a very serious flare up of UC and it not only put me in remission but I have not felt this healthy in over 9 years!! Have been thru many stressful situations since being in remission and absolutely no symptoms of a flare up!!!!

Diet
last activity 2 months ago
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The prevelance of careeganan in the diets of those who have developed Colitis / chrones. Secondly how foods with this present effects the prevelance of associated symptoms

The current research around careeganan shows that this is harmful and damages the body in the way colitis and chrons presents itself. If this information is not widely known people continue to expose themselves to harmful foods.

Diet
last activity 6 months ago
5    2

Compare symptoms of IBD patients who consume dairy and those who avoid dairy.

“Milk fats increase the amount of taurine conjugated bile acids that promote growth and metabolic activ ity of sulphate reducing, bile acid tolerant bacterial species, which in turn stimulate pathogenic immune responses in genetically susceptible hosts” Sartor, R. B. Nat. Rev. Gastroenterol. Hepatol. 9, (2012)

Diet
last activity 3 months ago
83    4

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Published Studies VIEW ALL
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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Dietary Patterns and Self-Reported Associations of Diet with Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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Active Studies VIEW ALL
Food And Crohn’s Exacerbation Study (FACES)

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