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Welcome to IBD Partners Research Ideas Page!

In this area you will be able to:

  • Propose, vote on, and discuss research ideas
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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!

Proposed Idea              

I propose new studies into the prevalence of MAP bacteria and its role in IBD.

New research ive seen online indicates MAP could play a role in the cause of crohns. New research to detect and kill this bacteria may lead to a cure, better understanding, and better treatment for patients who are suffering from IBD.

last activity 12 months ago
15    3

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).

last activity 12 months ago
30    1
Proposed Idea              

Does the human microbiome affect the development of mastocytic enterocolitis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease?

My gastroenterologist and primary care doctor both suggest that they are seeing an increased number patients with IBD and mast cell colitis. As mastocytic enterocolitis is a relatively new diagnosis, there doesn't seem to be much information about causation yet.

last activity 2 months ago
2    0
Proposed Idea              

Use Next Generation Sequencing software developed by Charles Chiu, M.D. and associates at the University of California, San Francisco to see if any pathogens are associated with IBD.

This software can take blood or spinal fluid and compare 10 to 20 million DNA sequences against a database of all known pathogens.

last activity over 2 years ago
16    1
Proposed Idea              

Is the use of probiotics significantly beneficial for IBD patients? If so, what types are most beneficial for mucosal healing and prevention of future disease activity?

Current treatments for IBD focus heavily on the body's immune response and "warding off" the disease. It is important to do what we can to heal the intestine after damage has occurred and prevent damage to the best of our ability.

last activity about 2 years ago
3    0
Proposed Idea              

Does analyzing an individual's microbiome to determine what foods are good or bad for them help in entering remission for IBD patients by reducing inflammation compared to other diets popular for IBD?

I have read about different companies that analyze an individual's gut microbiome to determine what foods they should avoid versus eat more of as a "superfood" for them as an individual. Is this a better approach to a diet for IBD patients to promote intestinal healing and overall health compared to other popular diets such as SCD or Mediterranean. It is increasingly stressed that each individual be treated as such so would this individualized diet approach also help achieve remission.

last activity 16 days ago
0    0
last activity almost 3 years ago
6    1
Proposed Idea              

What is the role of antibiotics in triggering a flare up or induce/maintain remission (with particular focus on Rifaximin) ?

There have been a few researches showing that antibiotics might have a role in flares/remission. I have been diagnosed with UC 20 years ago and I have noticed that many times when I take antibiotics for other non IBD related issue my UC wakes up. I have also noticed that Rifaximin helps when I am experiencing mild symptoms. Could it be that some antibiotics kill the good bacteria therefore triggering a flare up and other have a positive effect killing the bad bacteria therefore supporting remission?

last activity about 2 years ago
0    0

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