Seeking Ileoanal Pouch Patients

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Dakota Rhys-Jones - Research Dietitian, 18 January 2024

Are you living with an ileoanal pouch and are interested in how lifestyle factors such as diet and stress can impact on pouchitis? Researchers at Monash University are conducting a trial that takes place at home over the course of 18 months!

All you need to do is complete online questionnaires, collect faecal samples (to look at the gut microbiome) and hair samples (to look at cortisol or the ‘stress’ hormone) every 6 months. Please contact the researcher for more information.

Longitudinal study of diet, lifestyle and biomarker predictors of pouchitis

Medically non-responsive ulcerative colitis or familial adenomatous polyposis is treated by removing the large intestine and creating a reservoir or 'pouch,' where the end of the small intestine is sewn to the anus. This improves quality of life, however, complications arise such as 'pouchitis', an inflammatory condition resulting in increased bowel motion and bloody stools. There is little research exploring environmental factors that might determine who and why someone gets pouchitis and another person doesn't.

What is the purpose of this research? This study aims to follow patients with pouches over 18 months to explore how their pouch functions, dietary factors, stress and biological markers such as the gut microbiome and how this influences the development or worsening of pouchitis. There are no required study visits, all data will be collected electronically and biological samples will be collected at home and returned via post.

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Living with an ileoanal pouch
  • 18-75 years old
  • Living in Australia
  • Eligible for Medicare
  • Speak and read English
  • Internet access

What to learn more or interested in getting involved? Contact the researcher for more information:

Dakota Rhys-Jones
03 9903 0367

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