CCFA Develops The World’s Largest IBD Research Database

CCFA Develops The World’s Largest IBD Research Database
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) recently announced a $17.5 million, 3-year grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to fund a knowledge platform that aims to aggregate and centralize patient information for a wide range of research efforts. This new initiative, called IBD Plexus, seeks to accelerate progress in treating the disease through novel research and precision medication to achieve more accurate diagnoses, treatments and eventual cures to address inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are extremely painful chronic conditions that comprise a group of illnesses called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The underlying cause of IBD remains unclear and there is no cure for the disease so far. Estimates suggest that 1.6 million Americans suffer from IBD. IBD Plexus involves IBD stakeholders, academic and industry scientists, clinicians, healthcare providers and patients of all ages. The initiative nurtures cooperation and collaboration to ultimately offer better care for those with the disease. James Lewis, who is a Professor of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania and responsible for developing IBD Plexus, explained in a press release: "We have seen breakthrough discoveries in IBD, but progress toward identifying effective, personalized treatments and potential cures has been slow. There is a strong and growing demand from both the medical and patient commu
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