Current research

  • 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:

    https://deakinsurveys.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0MtHz5Vu76NVvAF

    For further questions about this research contact Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus at mikocka@deakin.edu.au

  • 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 Laura.Jordan@mater.org.au and she will be able to provide more detailed information about the study and organise enrolment.

  • IBD Patient Experience Survey

    Do you have IBD (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or indeterminate colitis) or know someone with IBD? We are seeking people who could tell us about their experience of health care over the last year.

    We are interested in learning more about your experience of healthcare in hospital or the in the community for your IBD.  We know that there is variation in the quality of care from hospital and medical data. To improve the quality of care it is important that we have good evidence from the point of view of those living with the condition. Participating in this survey will give us data to improve the safety and quality of health care for people living with IBD. If you have IBD (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or indeterminate colitis), are 16 years of age or older, and receive your healthcare in Australia you are eligible to participate.

    Your participation is voluntary and you 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: https://deakinsurveys.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08jqahhgboVs2lD

    Thank you for your interest,

    Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus, Wayne Massuger, Dr Simon Knowles, Dr Greg Moore, Ms Stephanie Buckton, Dr William Connell, Prof. Paul Pavli, and Prof. Jane M. Andrews

    If you have any further questions about this research, please contact the chief investigator Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus (mikocka@deakin.edu.au).