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Welcome to IBD Partners Research Ideas Page!

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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 is the effectiveness of CBDs in treating a IBD flair or in preventing one?

CBDs seen to be a readily available and benign treatment for inflammation of many types. They may prove to be a treatment much easier on the body than the current course of drugs.

Medications
last activity 3 months ago
20    3
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What is the success of remission for people* who have surgery, or resection, versus those who are treated by medications only? (*Note: people who qualify for surgery)

I heard from a parent of a teen with IBD that the doctor wanted to avoid surgery. I have been in remission for years after I had a resection.

Medications
last activity almost 3 years ago
9    1

Do changes in manufacturing processes of Biologics alter the clinical impact (treatment success and/or adverse events)?

Biologic medications are developed through a complex process of using living organisms to harvest the biologic proteins. Manufacturers sometimes alter the manufacturing process, and these changes have the potential to cause slight changes in the final product. There is a lack of data/research regarding the impact of these slight changes. Furthermore, biosimilars (biologics developed by new manufacturers with different manufacturing processes), are pending FDA approval. Biosimilars will not require as extensive clinical testing prior to approval, compared with the original manufactured products. We ought to collect extensive data to better understand if slight changes in biologic proteins have a clinical impact.

Medications
last activity over 4 years ago
5    1

Are biosimilars equally effective maintaining remission in patients who achieved remission with the “brand” TNF-blocker?

I was at a recent CCF educational session and the gastroenterologist giving a talk said that VA patients, stable on infliximab, were switched to the biosiomilar, presumably for cost. Some did not do was well after the switch. If someone is stable on a TNF-blocker, what is the risk of their illness worsening if switched to the biosimilar?

Medications
last activity over 2 years ago
1    1
Proposed Idea              

What treatments used for Crohn's Disease are more effective for symptoms that are primarily non-intestinal such as inflammatory arthritis, eye symptoms & skin rashes.

Current treatments seem to address intestinal symptoms and non-intestinal symptoms require additional symptomatic treatments. Too much & too imprecise.

Medications
last activity almost 2 years ago
9    0
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Can you develop a version of steroids that doesn't have the negative side effects?

Steroids are the ONLY medication that has ever worked for my UC. I have tried 9 other medications and none of them get my disease in remission. I also get every awful side effect that steroids cause, so I can't stay on them for very long. I know a lot of other people in this same situation. A version of the steroid that was just as effective at putting the disease in remission and also didn't have the side effects would be worth researching.

Medications
last activity 8 months ago
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What is the nationwide average cost of Remicade per 5mg/kg? It seems that this number fluctuates immensely from state-to-state. Would be curious what they pay in Canada too.

When I moved from NYC to Vermont, my Remicade quadrupled. I receive 10mg/kg, so 800mg, every 2 months. In NYC this would cost me around $6k each time. In Vermont it's $24k each time. Very concerning.

Medications
last activity over 1 year ago
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What are the short term/long term effects of less-than-prescribed medication adherence?

Obviously medication is prescribed a certain way for a reason. However, I am not alone when it comes to the need to reduce my medicine due to expense. I'm curious if, for example, it is better to take 2 pills of 4 prescribed/day or 4/day every other day. I just want to know the safest bet.

Medications
last activity over 2 years ago
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