Here are ways that you can help advance research – in person or from the comfort of your home. Take part in these studies.

In Person Linaclotide Study for IBS-C in Children

Participants sought for a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled safety and efficacy study of a range of linaclotide doses administered orally to children ages 7 to 17 years, with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of linaclotide for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C), in children ages 7-17 years. Learn more

March 2016


Online Studies

IFFGD's IBS Unmet Needs Survey

IFFGD wants to understand how IBS affects your daily routine, the ways your life is affected by IBS, and where the needs are for treatments – but we need your help. If you have IBS, participate in this confidential online survey, and help advance our mission to improve lives.

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Reviewed April 2016


Online IBS Intervention

The purpose of this study is to find a complementary treatment to help Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients in need of relief.

Who May Participate:

  • Individuals experiencing pain or discomfort associated with their gut
  • Cannot be smokers or have an inflammatory bowel disease
  • Must be between the ages of 18 – 65 years

About The Study: The length of this study will be three weeks long, with a short online intervention everyday to help individuals deal with their body’s reactions to their environments. Participants will have additional surveys to assess their overall state at the beginning of the study, at the end of the three week intervention, and again at six weeks for a follow-up.

How to Sign Up: http://bit.ly/IBS_study

There will be a $15 Target gift card for first 30 participants upon completion of study.

Study Contact: Jenna N. Ray,  Health Psychologist, Univ NC Charlotte
(919) 257 – 7291
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Reviewed April 2016

A research study of IBS patients and their partners.

IBS patients know that their intimate relationships can have an effect on how they are feeling. However, it is not known whether agreement or disagreement regarding issues such as cause of IBS, beliefs about illness, harmony in relationship may have an effect on IBS symptoms. This is an important question that may affect the way IBS is treated.

Our study requires patients to complete 5 brief questionnaires and partners to complete 3 brief questionnaires. Patients and partners will be contacted separately and results will be strictly confidential with no way of identifying subjects.

If patient and partner are willing to participate, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and links to a secure survey site will be sent individually to both patient and partner, with instructions. From that point on, no identifying information will be stored.

*If you wish to participate, please have patient and partner reply separately and indicate BOTH the name of the name of the patient and the name of the partner (and please clarify who is the patient and who is the partner).

Drs. Charles and Mary-Joan Gerson, The Mind-Body Digestive Center

August 2014

Understanding Episodes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Online Study

Have you been diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? If so, you are eligible to help out with a one time online survey that may take up to 20 minutes to complete. 

Douglas A. Drossman, M.D. and Stephan Weinland, Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders in Chapel Hill have constructed an online survey in order to compile written reports of IBS episodes and gain a better understanding of the symptoms and experiences people have during an IBS episode.  The survey is completely confidential and you will not be asked any identifying information. 

To participate in the survey, please click on the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Ci82_2f2xszPLejV0D5_2b8fRw_3d_3d  

Reviewed April 2016


MORE STUDIES AND TRIALS  -  IN PERSON

Go to this IFFGD web page to . . .  

  • Find a listing of places where you can take part in studies involving many different digestive disorders  Clinical Trials and Studies    

Research Awards
2013 Award Recipients
Enrico Corazziari, MD
Jan Tack, MD, PhD
Gary Mawe, PhD
Ashley Blackshaw, PhD
Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD
Niranga Manjuri Devanarayana, MD
Report from Lukas Van Oudenhove, PhD: Solving the Biopsychosocial Puzzle in Functional Dyspepsia
Muriel Larauche, PhD
2011 Award Recipients
Report from Ronnie Fass, MD: Sleep and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Million Mulugeta, PhD
Adrian Miranda, MD
Samuel Nurko, MD
Sudarshan Jadcherla, MD
Shaman Rajindrajith, MD
2009 Award Recipients
Satish Rao, MD
Emeran Mayer, MD
Javier Santos, MD
Report from Martin Storr, MD, PhD: Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: New Insights in Enteric Regulation
Report From Miguel Saps, MD: Functional Abdominal Pain in Children and Adolescents
2007 Award Recipients
Report from Bruce D. Naliboff, PhD: Symptom Based Psychology for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
Report from Magnus Simrén, MD, PhD: Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Searching for Underlying Causes
Report from Brennan M. R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS: Diagnostic Testing in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Theory vs. Reality
Report from Sylvie Bradesi, PhD: Role of the Central Immune System in Functional Disorders
Paul E. Hyman, MD
Report from Miranda A. L. van Tilburg, PhD: Home Based Guided Imagery to Treat Pediatric Functional Abdominal Pain
Report from Fernando Azpiroz, MD, PhD: Understanding Intestinal Gas
2005 Award Recipients
Report from Yvette Tache, PhD: Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unraveling the Code
Report from Shaheen Hamdy, MRCP, PhD: Adult Neurogenic Dysphagia -- Disorders and Conditions that Disrupt Swallowing
Report from Michael A. Pezzone, MD, PhD: Chronic Pelvic Pain and the Overlap of Pelvic Pain Disorders
Report from Bridget R. Southwell, PhD: Research into Treatment-Resistant Constipation in Children
Report from Rachel Rosen, MD, MPH: Symptoms Arising from Non-Acid Reflux in Children
2003 Award Recipients
Report from William E. Whitehead, PhD: Summary of Clinical Research Activities
Jyoti N. Sengupta, PhD
Report from Caroline Elder Danda, PhD: Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Assessment and Treatment
Report from Terry Buchmiller-Crair, MD: Using the Fetal Gastrointestinal Tract to Overcome Neonatal Disease
Report from Dan L. Dumitrascu, MD, PhD: The Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Report from Klaus Bielefeldt, MD, PhD: Understanding Pain and Discomfort in Functional GI Disorders
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Leo Cheng, PhD
Braden Kuo, MD, MSc
Richard McCallum, MD
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