Here are some clinical studies/trials of interest to those with functional GI or motility disorders: 

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What are Clinical Studies or Trials

A clinical study or clinical trial (they mean the same thing) is a research study to answer specific questions about new products, therapies, or new ways of using known treatments. Through these research studies, investigators find new and better ways to treat, control, prevent, diagnose, or detect conditions, or to improve the quality of life for those with an illness.

More on Finding Clinical Trials

The Web site ClinicalTrials.gov is one source that provides patients, family members, health care professionals, and members of the public easy access to information on clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions. The NIH, through its National Library of Medicine, has developed this site in collaboration with all NIH institutes and the FDA.

A study may be limited to questionaire designed, for example, to help doctors understand the needs of patients with a particular disorder. Other studies look at the effectiveness of counseling or psychological treatment.

A treatment could be a drug; medical device; or biologic, such as a vaccine, blood product, or gene therapy. Possible treatments with potential toxicity must be studied in laboratory animals first before they can be tried in people. Treatments having acceptable safety profiles and showing the most promise are then moved into clinical trials.

Clinical treatment studies/trials test potential therapies, in people who volunteer, to see if they should be approved for wider use in the general population.

What are Phases

Trials are in four phases: Phase I tests a new drug or treatment in a small group; Phase II expands the study to a larger group of people; Phase III expands the study to an even larger group of people; and Phase IV takes place after the drug or treatment has been licensed and marketed.

Are there Risks

Although efforts are made to control risks to clinical trial participants, some risk may be unavoidable because of the uncertainty inherent in clinical research involving new medical products. It's important, therefore, that people make their decision to participate in a clinical trial only after they have a full understanding of the entire process and the risks that may be involved.

Who are the Sponsors

Clinical studies/trials are sponsored or funded by a variety of organizations or individuals. Many studies are sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or are industry sponsored by pharmaceutical companies or makers of medical devices. They may also be sponsored by physicians, medical institutions, foundations, voluntary groups, or other government agencies. Trials can take place in a variety of locations, such as hospitals, universities, doctors' offices, or community clinics.

List a Study

If you are a medical society, governmental agency, educational or research institution, or a nonprofit organization we invite you to contact us about listing your study or trial. Contact IFFGD

Suggested Reading

We suggest you take a moment to read this article from IFFGD, Guide to Randomized Clinical Trials

"Until the mid-twentieth century, all treatment was empirical. Healers relied upon their collective and individual experience to select the best remedy for a patient's complaint. Even today, most treatments are trial and error. Physicians, almost unique among healers, have sought scientific bases for their treatments, and their most powerful tool is the randomized clinical trial (RCT) . . ." (Read More)

Sources and Suggested Reading

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
Research Grants
IFFGD Competitive Grants
2014 IFFGD Idiopathic Gastroparesis Research Grants
Leo Cheng, PhD
Braden Kuo, MD, MSc
Richard McCallum, MD
2008 IFFGD Competitive Research Grants
IFFGD Noncompetitive Grants
Other Research Grant Opportunities
Funding Research
Need for Funding Research
How to Make a Difference
The State of Research at NIH & NIDDK
Clinical Trials & Studies
IBS Studies
Guide to Randomized Clinical Trials
Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials and Studies
NIH/Other Sponsored Clinical Trials and Studies

2018 Research Awards

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IFFGD is currently seeking applications and nominations for our 2018 Research Recognition Awards

To date, IFFGD has presented awards to 38 investigators from around the world engaged in FGIMD research. 

2018 Research Awards Guidelines

2018 Research Awards Application

Past Award Recipients

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