Current research

  • Online health seeking behaviour study

    Researchers at University of Buckingham in the UK and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa are looking for people to take part in a study looking at the extent to which adults use the internet for health-related behaviours, including information seeking and social support.

    The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and anyone over 18 years of age can participate. This study is the second phase of a larger research project being conducted by researchers at the University of Buckingham in the UK and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

    You can complete the survey on the following link:

  • Exercise and gut health study

    Researchers at The University of Sydney are looking for people aged 18 years and over that have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis to participate in their exercise study.

    The aim of the study is to investigate whether a 16-week progressive resistance training intervention can improve the quality of life and gut health (microbiome) in people with inflammatory bowel disease.

    Participants will receive free exercise training sessions from accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) trainers plus numerous tests (free of charge) assessing body composition, physical fitness (e.g. cardiopulmonary endurance, muscle strength and power), inflammatory profile (blood and stool tests), and sleep.

    The time commitment involved for the study is three 60-minute exercise sessions per week over a 16-week period and these sessions will be conducted in our Exercise Clinic at the Cumberland Campus located at 75 East Street Lidcombe. The sessions can be performed Monday to Friday in the mornings, afternoons as well as after normal working hours (5-9pm).

    To learn more about this study and find out if you can take part, please contact Dr Daniel Hackett: Phone: (02) 9351 9294 Email:

  • Gut-Brain Axis IBD Study

    Researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute are seeking adults aged 18-85 years who have been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), including Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis.

    The study aims to understand the relationship between the gut microbiome, IBD symptoms, and the brain, and whether this is intricately linked to levels of anxiety and stress.

    To learn more or to volunteer, contact the Study Coordinator directly at or go to the website:

  • Physical and emotional wellbeing

    Researchers at Deakin University are interested in learning more about physical and emotional wellbeing in subgroups of IBD.

    They are looking for male and female participants aged 18 years or older who are fluent in English to complete our questionnaire. The project involves looking at physical measures such as sleep and IBD activity and psychological measures such as stress and social support. Your answers to this questionnaire will help us in developing resources to manage IBD. Your participation is voluntary and may stop at any time. It is expected that the survey will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. The survey is available on the following link:

    For further questions about this research contact Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus at

  • Mindfulness for young people with IBD

    IBDmindfulness:  A new mindfulness study for young people with IBD and depression

    Researchers at Mater Young Adult Health Centre in Brisbane are conducting a new study which might help the understanding and treatment of depression and other emotional symptoms in young people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as well as potentially improve inflammation associated with IBD.

    The study is called IBDmindfulness and it is a trial of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), an evidence-based mindfulness program which has shown effectiveness in treatment of depression and also holds promise in attenuating inflammation and improving the course of IBD.

    IBDmindfulness program has been specifically developed by adapting MBCT to suit young people with IBD and depression.

    Key features of the IBDmindfulness include:

    1. It involves a group intervention that lasts for eight weeks. The group meets once a week for two hours, however much of the mindfulness practice is done outside of classes as participants engage in guided mindfulness practices between the weekly sessions.

    2. Participants will learn how to pay attention with purpose, in each moment and most importantly, without judgment and recognize that holding onto some of their usual patterns of thinking could make them vulnerable to depression and stress.

    3. The study aims to recruit 64 patients aged 16-29 with IBD and at least mild symptoms of depression as mindfulness program may help both conditions.

    If you are interested in participating in this research project, please contact the study research assistant Laura Jordan on and she will be able to provide more detailed information about the study and organise enrolment.