The Medical School at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom is currently seeking 74 volunteers with IBS to take part in a clinical trial on how and why probiotics and fish oil may affect abdominal pain, bloating, anxiety and memory and overall function of the lower gastrointestinal tract. Participants will take either a probiotic and fish oil or a placebo for 12 weeks, avoid other foods or supplements with high probiotic and/or fish oil content for the duration of the study, complete questionnaires and if willing, provide stool samples at two different times. Total time commitment is up to 14 weeks and up to 4 brief in-person visits to the medical school. The study listing indicates that volunteers will receive compensation for their time, but the amount is not specified.
A detailed description in PDF format of the study from the researchers can be found here: ProFIBS 2014.This listing is summarized from an announcement on the IBS Network website and the above link. Any questions or concerns about the study should be communicated directly to the researchers by emailing email@example.com or by telephoning 07437350047.
While IBS Impact attempts to highlight a diversity of available opportunities, this is not intended as an exhaustive resource. 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. Because studies stop accepting new volunteers or are completed over time, please check the post date on this blog, or the last update date on studies page, to verify that the study you are interested in is relatively recent rather than from a few years ago. Depending on how you accessed this blog, the post date will appear either at the top or at the bottom of the post, and is occasionally included in the post title. On the studies page on the main site, the date of the last update is at both the top and the bottom of the page. The research and links pages and the July 26, 2011 post provide additional general resources.
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