Despite great strides in medicine, we still do not understand what causes the onset or flares of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Many therapies available today are meant to treat the symptoms of the disease, but they are not great at disease prevention or cure. Studies have shown that our environment may play a strong role in the disease activity of IBD, including evidence that specific combinations of food and gut microorganisms may contribute to the disease and its flares. The goal of this study is to investigate the roles of nutrition and the microbiome in IBD flares. By participating in the study, you are helping to build the foundations of preventative medicine via better understanding of the gut microbiome and its effect on IBD.
What we ask of you:
Complete online health surveys and collect samples at home once a month during remission and once a week during a flare. There are no clinic or hospital visits required. You will be asked to collect stool, finger-prick blood, and saliva samples. The collection kits, instructions, and prepaid return mailers will be sent to you.
What you receive:
You may receive up to $200 for participating in this study. The study stipends will be provided as Amazon gift cards. A $100 gift card will be e-mailed to you 6 months after enrollment in the study if you have collected and returned your samples and completed your health surveys. A second $100 gift card will be sent to you 12 months after enrollment in the study if you have collected and returned your samples and completed your health surveys.