This is a selection of IBS research studies that have come to the attention of IBS Impact from various sources. We encourage researchers who wish to have their studies considered for posting here or on the IBS Impact blog, or to have a listing updated or removed, to email us using the contact form on this website. On an ongoing or occasional basis, many of the organizations, forums, medical centers and clinical trial databases linked on the Research or Links pages of this site also have listings of open IBS studies that are seeking participants.
Last update to the IBS Studies page: September 2018
Online Study: Understanding IBS Patient Self-Management Strategies and Their Relation to Outcome
Icahn Mount Sinai Medical School, New York NEW
The following study is currently seeking adults 18-65 years old who are fluent in English and have a diagnosis of IBS. The primary investigator is Laurie Keefer, PhD of Icahn Mount Sinai Medical School in New York, in cooperation with the Center for Psychosocial Research in GI at Northwestern University in Chicago. IBS Impact received this link from another CPRGI affiliated researcher of gastrointestinal health psychology with a request to share.
The study is expected to take 30-45 minutes online. The questions include general demographics such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, level of education and household income, some medical questions, as well as questions about IBS related symptoms, emotions and opinions of using a GI health psychologist. No actual identifying information is requested.
The study has received institutional ethical approval. All information available to IBS Impact is in this post and on the study page. We encourage potential volunteers to read the informed consent page at the link below, and if you agree, to proceed with the pages of the study that follow.
Please address any further questions or concerns directly to Dr. Keefer at the phone number or email address given in the linked description.
Online Study: Cognitive Mediators of Bowel Discomfort Scale Validation Study
Swinburne University, Australia
In 2017 we conducted a study which developed a new scale (Cognitive Mediators of Bowel Discomfort Scale) to assess cognitive processes associated with bowel discomfort. We are now conducting a new study and looking for both male and female participants who are at least 18 years of age. The current project is exploring how responses to the Cognitive Mediators of Bowel Discomfort Scale relate to other similar scales. …
…Your responses will help us better understand how thinking patterns impact upon gastrointestinal discomfort. Further, your participation will also help us to evaluate our new scale against other similar scales. We hope that the validation of our new scale will lead to better ways to measure and assess common cognitive factors associated with bowel discomfort…
Estimated time commitment is 30 minutes. All information provided is anonymous. At the completion of the study, participants may opt in to providing an email address for a random drawing to receive one of four AUS $100 Amazon gift cards and/or being contacted about future studies, but this is not required.
For more information, please contact the research team: Principal Investigator: Dr Simon Knowles, (Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist ) 61 (03) 9214 8206, email: email@example.com
Other investigators involved: Dr Pragalathan Apputhurai (Lecturer in Statistics), Dr Rebecca Burgell (Consultant Gastroenterologist, The Alfred Hospital), Mr. Stephan Moller (Research Assistant) & Professor Laurie Keefer (Health Psychologist, Susan and Leonard Feinstein IBD Clinical Center, New York).
Alosetron Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies Program
Paid Survey of Women in the United States Who Have Used Alosetron (Lotronex) for IBS-D in the Last 12 Months.
The Alosetron Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) Program is a program required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manage known or potential serious risks associated with a drug product. The manufacturers/sponsors of the program have a regulatory obligation to conduct a knowledge survey for female patients in the US who have taken alosetron within the last twelve months. Patients that meet the criteria for inclusion in the survey will receive $50 for completing the survey. The survey takes about 30 minutes and can be taken either online or by phone with a call center representative. Survey responses are aggregated and anonymized. No protected health information is required for the survey or provided to FDA or any prescribers. The survey opens on January 3, 2018. If you are a female patient in the US who has taken alosetron within the last twelve months, please call us at 1-844-267-8675 to take the survey.
The Alosetron REMS Program Sponsors
ContactME-IBS Registry of Potential Volunteers for Research Studies
County Durham and Darlington NHS FoundationTrust, United Kingdom
Seeking adults, 18+ years old, United Kingdom residents only with a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome. This registry has been newly launched in September 2017 as part of a 5 year study. If successful, it may be expanded to other locations in the United Kingdom. The registry is designed to assist people with IBS in learning about available research opportunities and assist researchers in recruiting more interested volunteers. As eligibility requirements for different studies vary, it is not a guarantee that a given individual will be contacted for or qualify for a specific study, and there is no obligation to participate in a specific study if offered. You are only expressing interest and giving researchers permission to contact you in the future.
(Note from IBS Impact: As this is a new venture, as of 2018, portions of the website are still under construction, but we have verified from reputable sources in the IBS community that this is a legitimate opportunity.)
Macquarie University Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder Research Volunteer Registry
Faculties of Human Sciences and Medical and Health Sciences, Sydney, Australia
IBS is the most common condition in the functional gastrointestinal disorder/disorder of gut-brain interaction category. The Macquarie registry is seeking adults, 18+ years old. The registry is designed to assist people with FGIDs in learning about available research opportunities and assist researchers in recruiting more interested volunteers. As eligibility requirements for different studies vary, it is not a guarantee that a given individual will be contacted for or qualify for a specific study, and there is no obligation to participate in a specific study if offered. You are only expressing interest and giving researchers permission to contact you in the future.
Evaluation of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Breast Cancer
Online Study, Northwestern University Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
“We are asking you to take part in this research study because we are trying to learn more about the experiences patients living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and breast cancer may have with trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Seeking adults, 18 or older. Estimated time for completion 45 minutes. Principal investigator: Dr. Tiffany Taft, PsyD. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-725-6175.
Noisy Guts Project, Marshall Centre, University of Western Australia, Perth
The Marshall Centre, founded by Professor Barry Marshall, Nobel Laureate for his work connecting H. pylori infection to ulcers, is seeking adult volunteers with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and without gastrointestinal conditions to assist in developing a non-invasive acoustic belt. It is hoped that the belt, which records gut sounds, heart rate, temperature and skin galvanic response, can eventually serve as a tool for the diagnosis of GI disorders.
Commitment includes online screening, consent to confirm diagnosis with one’s physician, one visit to the Marshall Centre for about 2 hours and 40 minutes of wearing the belt, plus provided breakfast, completion of online log of diet and symptoms. Option to wear the belt home for 24 hours.
For more information, see the following link: http://crowdresearch.uwa.edu.au/project/noisy-guts-project/
Impact of IBS on Social Life or Interpersonal Relationships Online Study.
The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is seeking adults age 18 years and older with a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to participate in a study evaluating patients’ social and interpersonal experiences.
Are you 18 years of age or older with a diagnosis of an IBS? The Center for Psychosocial Research in GI at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is conducting a research study to better understand the impact IBS may have on your social life or interpersonal relationships, including the role that the attitudes of others may have. This study involves completing several questionnaires about your illness and well-being and should take you about 45 minutes to complete. If you would like to participate, you may do so online by clicking this link:
Your information will be kept completely anonymous and participation is voluntary. If you have questions about this study, you may contact Dr. Tiffany Taft at email@example.com.
Last update to IBS Studies page: September 2018