Leeds Institute of Medical Research (LIMR)
Looking for healthy volunteers or people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for a study which aims to improve diagnosis for IBS.
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust are looking for healthy volunteers or people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who are interested in finding out about their gut bacteria (microbiota) and want take part in a study which aims to improve diagnosis for IBS.
Research has shown that our gut bacteria is important for health and also may be a factor in IBS. Knowing this may lead to more appropriate treatments or management strategies to relieve symptoms in the future. The results will also be useful in the development of new therapies.
Anyone who expresses their interest in participating will be sent a participant information sheet providing full details of the study and what is involved. Participants will be provided with information about their own gut bacteria at the end of the study.
When you contact the study team we will assess eligibility over the phone. This is principally to ensure that those with IBS meet the required diagnostic symptom criteria, and that no exclusion criteria are met e.g. having coeliac disease, or inflammatory bowel disease. Eligible participants will be asked to complete questionnaires about their symptoms and their diet. They will also be asked to provide a stool sample, a urine sample, and a blood sample. This will only require one visit to the hospital to meet with the study team because questionnaires and stool collection kits with instructions will be posted out in advance.
If you are interested or have any further questions about the study please contact us on: 0113 2068270.
- Contact: Emma Barron, Gastroenterology Research Nurse Level 4 Bexley Wing, St James University Hospital, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Telephone: 0113 2068270 On behalf of Professor Alex Ford, Professor of Gastroenterology, University of Leeds
- Ethical approval reference number: IRAS 231363 REC ref 17/WM/0419
- Closing date for participants: 01 May 2019