In this area you will be able to:
- Propose, vote on, and discuss research ideas
- View current studies
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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.
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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!
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
Intermittent fasting is an ancient and safe practice. Many studies have shown the health benefits of fasting for people with obesity and diabetes. Fasting helps stimulate human growth hormone. Could fasting improve the outcome of IBD patients?
Is there a relationship between maternal, fetal, or early childhood infection and the development of IBD later in life?
My mother contracted shingles when she was pregnant with me. I believe my Crohn's could potentially be related to prenatal immune stress caused by my mother's infection. Mothers and fetuses share hormones, immune cells and other factors that could impact the development of the immune system in the fetus. A potential mechanism for this could involve epigenetic changes in the expression of genes related to immunity.
This question is relevant to me because I was conceived through IVF, and my mom wonders if that may have something to do with my diagnosis of Crohn's. Her reasoning is that mothers who choose IVF have to take very high doses of hormones, so she wonders if that may have negative effects on the mother that can affect the baby's health. I think this is an important question because it could affect how mothers choose to have children, especially if IBD runs in their family. It may also be helpful for children conceived through IVF to know their risks, so they can be aware of it and be followed more closely by their PCP, especially if they have GI troubles.
Is IBD/flaring commonly associated with gynecologic manifestations, such as lichen sclerosus or localized inflammation at the labia/vaginal vault?
There's a lot of information available about some specific extra-intestinal manifestations, but not in this area. More than 50% of the IBD Partners participants are female, and studies already document a correlation between hormones and flaring.
Symptom Worsening During Pregnancy and Lactation is Associated with Age, Body Mass Index, and Disease Phenotype in Women with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Symptom Severity is Influenced by Hormone Fluctuations in Many Women with IBD