Do you suffer from Crohn's or 

Ulcerative Colitis?

Learn more about research studies you may qualify for. 
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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term used to describe disorders that involve chronic inflammation of your digestive tract. Types of IBD include:

  • Ulcerative colitis. This condition causes long-lasting inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.

  • Crohn's disease. This type of IBD is characterized by inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which often spreads deep into affected tissues. It can flare up anywhere along your gastrointestinal system.

Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease usually involve severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue and weight loss. IBD can be debilitating and sometimes leads to life-threatening complications.


Inflammatory bowel disease symptoms vary, depending on the severity of inflammation and where it occurs. Symptoms may range from mild to severe. You are likely to have periods of active illness followed by periods of remission.

Signs and symptoms that are common to both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis include:

  • Diarrhea

  • Fever and fatigue

  • Abdominal pain and cramping

  • Blood in your stool

  • Reduced appetite

  • Unintended weight loss


Your doctor will likely diagnose inflammatory bowel disease only after ruling out other possible causes for your signs and symptoms. To help confirm a diagnosis of IBD, you may have one or more of the following tests and procedures:

Blood tests

  • Tests for anemia or infection. Your doctor may suggest blood tests to check for anemia — a condition in which there aren't enough red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your tissues — or to check for signs of infection from bacteria or viruses.

  • Fecal occult blood test. You may need to provide a stool sample so that your doctor can test for hidden blood in your stool.

Endoscopic procedures

  • Colonoscopy

  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy

  • Upper endoscopy

  • Capsule endoscopy

  • Balloon-assisted enteroscopy

Imaging procedures

  • X-ray

  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

According to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, about 1.4 million Americans have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

About the Study


Optimed Research and The Digestive Associates of Ohio are working together on clinical research studies for investigational medications for Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). If you or a loved one suffer with moderate to severe Crohn's or UC and have found other medications did not work, you may be interested in one of these studies. 

Do I qualify for the study?

You may be eligible to participate if you meet the following requirements:

  • 16-80 years of age

  • Diagnosed with Crohn's or UC for at least 3 months

  • Currently have Crohn's or UC symptoms

  • Have found that at least one Crohn's or UC  medication did not work well for you 

Doctors will also check other requirements to confirm that you qualify for this study.

To learn more or see if you qualify, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you​


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