Current research

Living with IBD: Sex & Sexual Satisfaction

Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology are looking for participants over the age of 18 who are diagnosed with IBD, currently in a de facto relationship or marriage, sexually active and fluent in English, in order to help better understand the impact of IBD on sexual function and sexual satisfaction.

Up to 58% of individuals with IBD report impaired sexual functioning and reduced sexual satisfaction. The aim of this research is to explore various factors that may impact the relationship between sexual function and sexual satisfaction, such as; body image, self-esteem, relationship satisfaction, sexual communication, psychological distress and disease activity.

Complete the online questionairre here.

For more information, please contact the research team, led by Principle Investigator Dr Simon Knowles on, (03) 9214 8206, email:

Stress & wellbeing in people with Crohn’s or colitis

Researchers at Deakin University are conducting a study of adults with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis to better understand the influence of stress on wellbeing for people with IBD and whether mindfulness influences this relationship.

If you are over 18 and have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, we invite you to complete the on-line survey here.

Supportive writing intervention for Stoma patients

You are invited to participate in this research if you have a stoma (temporary or permanent) as a result of any medical condition or injury.

This study builds on previous research that shows that a writing exercise can provide benefit to people who have experienced a change to their bodies because of a health condition. There has been very little research conducted on how to support people who have a stoma and so this research will be used to examine the psychological impact of a one-off writing exercise for individuals with a stoma.

In order to take part in this research, you must live in New Zealand or Australia, have a stoma for at least the duration of the study (from the initial questionnaire and writing exercise to the final questionnaire one month later).

You must also be over the age of 18 years. You must be fluent at reading and writing in English in order to understand and complete the consent form, writing exercise and questionnaires.

If you wish to participate in this randomised controlled trial, click this link for more information or contact below:

Principal Investigator and Lecturer in Faculty of Medical and Health Science: Dr. Lisa Reynolds,, +64 9 923 4938

Co-Principal Investigator: Lauren Harris

Diet & Gut Health

The University of Sydney is looking for individuals living with ulcerative colitis and those with no history of IBD aged 18 and above to participate in a study investigating the effects of diet on gut health.

This FREE program includes a medical screening and assessment of your body composition, diet, physical performance and health status. You will also be supervised by experienced health care professionals through the 12-week trial.

Assessments at three time points will take place at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Lidcombe, while the rest of the study will be done at your own home.

To learn more about this study and to find out if you can take part, please contact Mr Kenneth Daniel: Phone: (02) 9351 9138 or Email:

Use of cannabis in managing symptoms of IBD

Clinical researchers at the University of Sydney have launched a survey exploring IBD patient experiences and attitudes towards the use of cannabis as a way to manage symptoms of IBD.

We are looking for participants who have an IBD diagnosis, are 18 years of age or older and receive healthcare in Australia.

With a rising interest in alternative treatments for IBD, we hope to shed light upon rate of use, perceived effectiveness and attitudes towards use of cannabis for gastrointestinal symptoms in IBD patients in Australia. Participating in this survey will provide data that may inform future clinical trials of cannabis-based therapies for people living with IBD.

Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary, confidential and you may stop at any time. It is expected that the survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time. This study has been approved by the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (Project ID: 2018/989).

Research will be led by Professor Iain McGregor, a leader in the medicinal cannabis field, alongside a Sydney-based team of academic researchers including several IBD specialist clinicians.

The survey and further information are available here.

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 by clicking here.

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 visit their 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 by clicking here.

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

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.