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Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis

While the cause of Crohn's and ulcerative colitis is still unknown, continuing medical research is an important aspect of the clinical care for IBD patients. Research studies and clinical trials are ongoing at the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center.

Research Studies

  • Response rate and complications in ulcerative colitis patients treated with golimumab
  • Predictors of adverse outcomes in Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients after ileal pouch anal anastomosis
  • Risk factors for post-operative infection in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease patients
  • Micro RNA profiles from IBD patients with and without colorectal neoplasia
  • Clostridium difficle infection in Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients
  • Vaccination rates in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in patients after ileal pouch anal anastomosis
  • Patient engagement and health status in Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients
  • Herpes zoster vaccination in IBD patients
  • Phenotypic manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease in people of Haitian/Cape Verdean descent.
  • Sample Collection Study to Evaluate DNA Markers in Subjects with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Trial Study to Evaluate E6011 in Subjects with Active Crohn’s Disease
  • Clinical Study of Trichuris suis Ova Treatment in Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis

To enroll in any of these studies, please contact the clinical research coordinator at the IBD Center at 617-638-6527.


The Boston Bowel Preparation Scale

The Boston Bowel Preparation Scale (BBPS; pronounced “bee-bops”) was developed by investigators in the Gastroenterology section to provide a standardized method for rating the quality of bowel preparation during colonoscopy. The scale is valid and demonstrates good inter- and intra-rater reliability (Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2009;69:620-5).

Watch a free instructional video to learn more: Login into the Boston Bowel Preparation Scale Educational Program

The physicians and staff of the Gastroenterology section at Boston Medical Center are affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). To learn more about research activities, please visit the Gastroenterology Section of the BUSM website.