Research Ideas  

Welcome to IBD Partners Research Ideas Page!

In this area you will be able to:

  • Propose, vote on, and discuss research ideas
  • View current studies
  • View published research

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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!

Published Studies

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Impact of Obesity on Disease Activity andPatient-Reported Outcomes Measurement InformationSystem (PROMIS) in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases


The rate of diagnoses has increased for both obesity and IBD, and some research suggests that obesity may play a part in the development of IBD. About 15-40% of patients with IBD are obese, which is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. However, there has been little research on how obesity might affect outcomes in patients with IBD. In this study of nearly 7300 patients with IBD, we found that about one in 5 patients with IBD were obese. Obese patients were more likely to have active symptoms related to IBD, as compared to patients with normal BMI. Over a period of 12-18 months, we obs erved that obese patients with active disease were significantly less likely to achieve remission. Similarly, among patients in remission at baseline, obese patients were 2-3 times more likely to relapse on follow-up, as compared to patients with normal BMI. Obese patients with IBD were more likely to have anxiety, depression, fatigue, and experience pain. They were also less satisfied with their ability to participate in social roles. These effects were seen in patients with both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Future studies to find out whether treating obesity may improve outcomes in patients with IBD are needed.

Full Scientific Manuscript

Obesity, promis, disease activity

Obesity Is Associated with Worse Disease Activity in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: an Internet Based Cohort Study


More than 1/3 of adults in the US are obese and the rates of obesity are increasing. However, relatively little is known about the prevalence of obesity in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or the impact of obesity on IBD disease activity. In this study, we reviewed patients in the CCFA Partners database to better understand these issues. We found that approximately 30% of IBD patients were overweight and an additional 20% were obese. Patients who were overweight or obese were less likely to have their IBD in remission at baseline. We also found that patients who were obese (but not overweight patients) were more likely to have a relapse of their IBD within 6-12 months compared to normal weight patients. In summary, obesity appears to be relatively common amongst patients with IBD and may be a risk factor for worsened disease.

Full Scientific Abstract

comorbidity; obese; obesity; overweight; nutrition; patient reported outcomes

Study Updates, Lifestyle
Hormonal Contraception Use is Common Among Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Elevated Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis


People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have an increased risk of blood clots due to having inflammation. Other risk factors can include things like smoking, using steroids, and being overweight. Most forms of hormonal contraception (birth control pills) have estrogen which can also increase clotting risk. We studied whether people with IBD that had risk factors for clotting were also put on birth control pills. This could be an opportunity for prevention (as other birth control options are available that do not increase clotting risk). Over 3000 women with IBD completed surveys asking about birth control methods and other risk factors for clotting. Birth control pills were used in over 30% of women with IBD. Women with risk factors for clotting (smoking, steroids, obesity) still had the same rates of birth control pill use as those without these risk factors. Based on this study, it is important for GI doctors to ask patients about birth control use and find out whether they also have other risk factors for a blood clot. By changing the form of contraception, this could prevent a complication of a blood clot in the future.

Full Scientific Manuscript

Blood clots; Deep Vein Thrombosis; DVT; hormonal contraception; contraception; women’s health; birth control pills

Women's Health

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