Recent Research Projects

The role of the microbiome in chronic visceral pain in inflammatory bowel disease

2020/21 • $103,020 • PI,CO
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are chronic, debilitating illnesses. At present, the goal of treatment in IBD is complete healing of intestinal inflammation. However, despite achieving this target, over twenty percent of IBD patients continue to experience chronic abdominal pain, which is a...

The role of endogenous opioids and chronic stress in the expression of pain in IBD

2013/14-2015/16 • $55,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Abdominal pain is a major cause of distress in patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Previous research has demonstrated that acute IBD flares are associated with increased abdominal pain, while patients with long-term IBD have a much higher pain threshold, suggesting a...