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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 percentage of people who have UC/Crohn's have also been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia? In addition, how long after having UC/Crohn's did Fibromyalgia symptoms begin?

There are many overlapping symptoms between UC/Crohn's and Fibromyalgia. For myself I developed Fibromyalgia after a severe UC flare. I believe chronic pain and fatigue go hand and hand with UC/Crohn's.

Other
last activity 3 months ago
27    5
Proposed Idea              

Female menstrual cycle and the worsening of symptoms with each cycle. Is this hormone related and would contraception ease symptoms?

My monthly cycle can often catapult me back into a full on flare and at the least i see a deterioration in my symptoms at this time of my cycle

Women's Health
last activity 5 months ago
32    3

We need to develop a better understanding of how nutrition as a whole affects IBD and put together a more comprehensive diet plan that includes the definite triggers.

Food has always been a contributing factor in my flares of Crohn's Disease, but the original recommendation by my doctors 20 years ago has turned out to be not only false, but the complete opposite of what I needed to be eating for my illness. I have recently started working on figuring out a better plan for my eating habits and have discovered a few things that I would like validated by research.

Diet
last activity 2 months ago
47    2

What is the link between gum disease and colitis?

Genetics
last activity about 2 months ago
0    4
Proposed Idea              

Effects of soluble and insoluble fiber on patients with Ulcerative Colitis vs Crohn's disease.

So many patients with IBD avoid high fiber foods for fear of exacerbating their symptoms. A previous CCFA Partners study "Avoidance of Fiber is Associated with Greater Risk of Crohn's Disease Flare in a 6 Month Period" addressed this, but unfortunately did not differentiate between soluble and insoluble fiber. There is not enough research on IBD and diet in general, but I believe it is so important, because we all have to eat. A high fiber diet is considered to be important for many aspects of good health in the general public. But insoluble fiber specifically is a part of the diet that is widely considered by IBD patients to be taboo. This thought is based on our own personal conclusions rather than on good, solid research. I want to know if and when it's safe to eat fruits and vegetables, and how to prepare them.

Diet
last activity 6 months ago
7    0
Proposed Idea              

How do seasonal allergies correlate with UC or CD flares and management?

I have begun to notice a recent correlation of my personal symptoms with seasonal allergies, and I am wondering if others have experienced this as well, or if antihistamines play any roll in this correlation.

Environment
last activity about 2 years ago
12    1

Can eating gluten lead to IBD and/or increase the rate/severity of IBD flare-ups?

I have been tested negative for celiac and gluten sensitivity, yet avoiding gluten improved my flare-ups, symptoms, and overall quality of life tremendously.

Diet
last activity 6 months ago
11    1
Proposed Idea              

Does timing of colonoscopy affect ability to accurately diagnose UC new cases and/or flares of disease particularly if scheduled more than a couple of weeks out from onset or resolution of symptoms?

If mucosa is allowed to heal before procedure with biopsies, patient may be told either no dz or inactive dz when in fact tissue has healed in the time it took to get test scheduled and performed leading to under diagnosis or a delayed diagnosis. Should guidelines recommend a shorter timeline to procedure in suspected stable new cases or stable non urgent flares? Some gi docs schedules are booked out months in advance so delays in scheduling are common. If patients are told initially no disease but later symptoms resume, more tests procedures are required to eventually establish diagnosis and start treatment.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 1 month ago
1    0
Proposed Idea              

Why some women with Crohn's Disease achieve remission, during the second and third trimester of pregnancy, then flare months after giving birth.

Because, it happened to me with both of my.pregnancies. During my first trimester, I had to be hospitalized with partial obstruction. After that, I was healthier than I'd been in years, until a few months after giving birth.

Women's Health
last activity over 2 years ago
1    1

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Diet Low in Red and Processed Meat Does Not Reduce Rate of Crohn’s Disease Flares

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Role of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs in Exacerbations of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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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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