Current Research Studies

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation supports several major ongoing research initiatives and clinical studies to encourage cooperative efforts among investigators, research centers, and other resources.

Explore the initiatives below to learn more about the broad range of IBD research studies supported by the Foundation and how you can become more involved in this important work.

Microbiome Initiative

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation partnered with the Center for Genome Sciences at Washington University to develop greater understanding of the role of gut microbes (bacteria, viruses, etc. that are found normally in the intestines) in digestive health and inflammatory bowel diseases. Using the latest generation of massively parallel DNA sequencers and sophisticated computational methods, the initiative studies the complex role that intestinal microbial communities play in digestive health and disease.

Learn more about the MicroBiome Initiative.

Genetics Initiative

The Genetics Initiative continues the work of several recent studies that have demonstrated how specific organisms in the gut can cause inflammatory bowel diseases in the presence of specific genes, and that specific genes only cause disease in the presence of specific organisms. The Genetics Initiative is a collaborative effort to better understand the genes and their functions, and the chain of biological events that result in IBD (the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases).

Learn more about the Genetics Initiative.

Pediatric Risk Stratification Study

The Pediatric Risk Stratification Initiative is working to “crack the code” of disease prognosis by identifying measurable risk factors for the complications of severe disease. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation's Professional KIIDS Pediatric Network is committed to identifying the genetic, microbiological, and immunological factors that are predictive of more severe disease. The resulting knowledge will translate into new protocols for individualized approaches to treating inflammatory bowel diseases in children and the prevention of severe disease and its lifelong consequences.

Learn more about the Pediatric Risk Stratification Initiative.

IBD Partners

IBD Partners is a comprehensive Internet-based registry designed to study thousands of patients with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis under a single research initiative. Unlike prior research, which has typically been conducted in small studies at major medical centers, IBD Partners tracks the individual experience of more than 14,000 patients diagnosed with inflammatory bowel diseases through three- and six-month reporting updates conducted online.

Learn more about IBD Partners.

Clinical Research Alliance

The Clinical Research Alliance is a network of major medical centers and smaller, local facilities collaborating on clinical studies of the management and treatment of IBD.  Members include hospitals, medical centers, clinics, and research facilities that have developed an IBD-related research program administered by a principal investigator.

Learn more about the Clinical Research Alliance.

Autoimmune Diseases in Pregnancy Study

The Autoimmune Diseases in Pregnancy Study is being conducted by the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) and is coordinated by the University of California, San Diegoto learn about effects Crohn's disease and other autoimmune diseases have on the outcome of pregnancies.

Learn more about the Autoimmune Diseases in Pregnancy Study.

Pregnancy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Neonatal Outcomes: A National Prospective Registry

The PIANO study (Pregnancy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Neonatal Outcomes) was initiated in August 2007 and has enrolled over four hundred patients across the United States. The objective of the registry is to determine whether there is a higher rate of adverse events in a prospective national sample of women from the US with IBD who are being treated with azathioprine/6MP or anti-TNF biologic drugs (infliximab, adalimumab, certolizumab). Thirty member sites of the Clinical Alliance identified and followed a prospective cohort of pregnant women with IBD. Data were collected each trimester of pregnancy at delivery and every four months in the first year of the child's life.

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