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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!

Can IBD lead to the formation of depression/anxiety?

I've noticed on Twitter that there is a need of psychologists that understand how IBD can effect one's mental state of being.

Lifestyle
last activity 3 months ago
20    3

The use of Cannabis as treatment for Crohn's Disease symptoms.

The use of Cannabis for CD symptoms should be highly considered. We are constantly using drugs to manage our symptoms but with the use of those drugs can come serious side effects. If you are someone like myself who suffers from extreme nausea waking up in the morning and attempting to keep a pill down is in a word, impossible. You can't keep the medication down long enough for it to take any actual effect but taking a couple deep breaths to calm yourself and take your Cannabis is a much quicker, easier solution that improves nausea instantly. Research has shown the CBD in Cannabis is linked to incredible anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, anti-nausea, anti-anxiety, and muscle relaxing properties. This would be extremely beneficial to us CD suffers since our disease revolves around inflammation. Cannabis when used properly is a easier, safer, more effective way to relieve CD symptoms.

Alternative Therapies
last activity about 1 month ago
14    4

Is the gut flora of people with IBD similar to people with depression and/or anxiety? I propose exploring a connection between the microbiota associated with IBD and mental health disorders.

I believe this question to be important because disruption of the gut flora is implicated in autoimmune diseases, obesity and mental illness and finding connections could broaden the medical community's approach in treating all of the above. I also think the designation of these illnesses as primarily "western illnesses" is interesting, particularly given how our food system functions (antibiotic use in meat production, use of bleach on salad greens, etc).

Microbiome
last activity 3 months ago
30    1

How many IBD patients have ever been referred for counseling or offered an antidepressant by their gastroenterologist?

Depression and anxiety levels are very high in this population. Extending care to the whole person would make sense in managing disease and quality of life.

Lifestyle
last activity over 3 years ago
7    1
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I am interested to know whether inflammation in the colon contributes to anxiety symptoms, especially during peristalsis

For many UCers, stress is a big factor of their UC (I have periods where I feel anxious for no apparent reason). I am wondering if the link could be inflammation in the colon triggering the anxious response

Mental Health
last activity 11 months ago
1    0
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A great deal of research has been done that showed that dog visits to hospitals boosted mood and reduced pain, anxiety and depression. Does having a dog reduce pain and depression for Crohn's or IBD?

I have had reactions to the biologics and I am concerned about the risk of cancer, as it runs in my family. I have also had reactions to pill medications so my treatment options are limited.

Alternative Therapies
last activity almost 2 years ago
0    0

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