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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.

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last activity 3 months ago
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Do depressed IBD patients receive treatment for their depression?

In light of recent data from Partners showing a link between depression and a subsequent flare, im curious how many patients seek/receive treatment so as to minimize the risk of a flare. For those that don't, I wonder why and what barriers might impact access to care.

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last activity almost 3 years ago
5    3

What is the link between ulcerative colitis and C. Difficile?

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last activity almost 4 years ago
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Certain probiotic strains produce histamine, and others help break it down. We should study the efficacy of supplementation with probiotic strains known to break down histamine in controlling the incidence of flares.

So many people are told that probiotics are good for them. I have always been very sensitive to them. I recently discovered that some strains actually produce histamine in the body and - therefore - could have been contributing to my symptoms and flare ups. I would love to know if supplementing with the strains that break down histamine could reverse inflammation in the gut.

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last activity 9 months ago
11    0
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Is it possible that zinc in galvanized potable water piping may be a factor in precipitating UC / Crohns? Alternatively, is it possible that stagnant water in galvanized piping might be a factor?

Three (3) flareups of IBD in my own past were all associated with moving into / living in domiciles which had been vacant for 2 - 6 months. All had galvanized water piping systems, and water was run / flushed for what seemed to be an appropriate time (10-15 mins.) prior to consumption.

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last activity almost 3 years ago
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What is the connection between IBD and Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

I have been a sufferer of HS for many years, even before I was formally diagnosed with Crohn's. It seems that when I have a flare, the HS flares up also. I was curious if there is a connection, how many people also have HS that have IBD diseases and what treatments have been successful (i.e. biologics, surgery, etc.)

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last activity almost 2 years ago
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