Clinical Trials: Open Studies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in the U.S and U.K. May 2014

Below are two studies that have come to the attention of IBS Impact recently. The description below is a summary of major qualifications and details available, and other restrictions may apply.  If interested, please contact each listed sponsor directly for further information.

RESTORE 5 Study at the University of North Carolina Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Women with IBS with diarrhea (IBS-D) ages 18-65 who are not pregnant, and do not have Crohn’s, colitis, diabetes mellitus, lactose intolerance, any other type of malabsorption, or celiac disease. Time commitment 8 weeks, 5 visits to UNC. There is monetary compensation (amount not specified.)

The above listing was received from UNC Center social media and summarized from the study website.


Online Study on the Effect of Expressive Writing on IBS Symptoms, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom.

This study is being conducted by a Royal Holloway University psychology PhD student, Hannah Bowers. She is seeking responses from  adults over 18 with IBS There does not appear to be a country restriction. The study involves online submission of writing samples  of approximately 500-100o words per entry twice a week for two weeks, and then at a 3 month followup according to guidelines provided by the study.  You must provide an email address to receive instructions during the study, but do not have to provide your name. Participants completing the study will have the option to enter a drawing for prizes worth up to 50 pounds. Contact information for Ms. Bowers and her RHUL supervisor and a consent form can be found at the link below.

The above listing was summarized from an email received directly from Ms. Bowers, as well as from the survey itself.

While IBS Impact attempts to highlight a diversity of available opportunities, this is not intended as an exhaustive list. Previous posts on open clinical trials for IBS can be found by clicking the clinical trials category in the blog archives on the upper right sidebar of this blog. We also have a page for IBS studies on the main IBS Impact site. The research and links pages and the July 26, 2011 post provide additional general resources.

We welcome researchers affiliated with academic, medical or pharmaceutical entities, or reputable organizations representing IBS or related or commonly overlapping conditions, to contact us directly with additional studies they wish to be considered for posting or if an existing listing needs to be updated. Contact links for the founder/listowner and the webmaster can be found on the home page of the main IBS Impact website.

IBS Impact makes these study announcements available for general information, and encourages its members and site visitors to make their own individual, informed choices about their potential participation in any study.  IBS Impact, as an entity, is not directly affiliated with any research sponsor and receives no funding from any source for studies or links we feature on this blog, the main site or social media.

1 Comment

  1. i am a sufferer of IBS for 30 yrs. Recently i had a fecal incontinence implant surgery for a defect in my anal area. My IBS had turned into a nightmare. I was having 18-20 stools a day…I now have normal firm stools 2x a day…this has been a miracle implant for me..if i get stressed, the IBS-D returns with a vengence..i am not saying that would work for everyone, but it might be something to look into for IBS sufferers. . pelvic floor dysfunction or anal spincter problems might be one cause of diarrhea. it’s interesting to know how IBS is a relationship to mind-gut problems…

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