Ongoing Clinical Trials

The body of research examining therapeutic diets is growing. Many trials are still in progress, including several large multi-center trials (DIETOMICS-CD [CDED] and MELODY [IBD-AID]). The collection of ongoing clinical trials listed below has been cultivated from ClinicalTrials.gov.
Date Title Trial type Completed Diets Sponsor Summary Excerpt Trial
Sep 2019 Biomarker-based Multidisciplinary Team (Bio-MDT) Approach to Personalized Microbial-targeted Treatment of Pouchitis and Crohn's Disease (Bio-MDT) Interventional SCD Rabin Medical Center We hypothesized that personalized antibiotics and dietary interventions will modify microbial composition and result in significantly improved outcomes, specifically resolution of inflammation and prolonged remission rates in patients with a pouch. Aims: 1. Compare the effect of two antibiotic treatments on clinical, inflammatory and microbiological outcomes of patients with pouch inflammation. 2. Evaluate the effect of combined microbiome-targeted antibiotic and dietary intervention as treatment and prevention strategy in patients after pouch surgery. 3. Evaluate the effect of a microbiome-targeted dietary intervention as prevention strategy in patients after pouch surgery. 4. Identify predictors for response to specific antibiotic and dietary interventions.
Jan 2015 Use of a Novel Diet (UC DIET) for Treatment of Mild to Moderate Active Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis Interventional Prof. Arie Levine The goal of the study is to evaluate strategies that target the microbiota for the treatment of Ulcerative Colitis , This study will involve a novel diet that the investigators developed , based on the hypothesis that UC involves dysbiosis , underutilzation of certain metabolic pathways and use of pathways that increase risk of inflammation . The investigators have postulated that manipulation of colonic bacterial metabolism with this diet will induce remission in UC without involving additional immune suppression. Open label n=20
Sep 2014 Pilot Study of Partial Enteral Nutrition With a Unique Diet for the Treatment of Adult Patients With Crohn's Disease (CDED-ADULTS) Interventional CDED Prof. Arie Levine At present, data about nutritional therapy and this new dietary approach have been generated primarily in children, and this new diet has not been evaluated for early mucosal healing. The objectives of this pilot study are to generate data in adults, evaluate the diet over a longer period of time (24 weeks) and evaluate mucosal healing. The study is a prospective open label randomized controlled pilot trial in adults, with mild to moderate Crohn's disease who will receive the Crohn's Disease Exclusion Diet (CDED) for 24 weeks. If effective, this could enable use of a feasible, safe intervention for induction and maintenance of remission as a new therapy or as an adjunctive therapy with medical therapy. n=40
Jul 2016 Diet for Induction and Maintenance of Remission and Re-biosis in Crohn's Disease (DIETOMICS-CD) Interventional CDED, EEN, PEN Prof. Arie Levine The modified-Exclusive Enteral Nutrition (mEEN) is an open label randomized controlled pilot trial in mild to severe Crohn's Disease patients. The purpose of this study is to determine whether induction of remission and maintenance of remission can be achieved with a new dietary strategy that involves only 2 weeks of Exclusive Enteral Nutrition (EEN) with Modulen followed by an exclusion diet involving selected table foods, coupled with partial enteral nutrition for 24 weeks. This novel approach will be compared to the gold standard dietary regime involving 8 weeks of EEN followed by PEN with free diet. N=76
Jan 2020 The Intensive Post Exclusive Enteral Nutrition Study (iPENS) Interventional CD-TREAT NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde The aim of this study is to investigate this phenomenon by exploring if diet and gut bacteria play a role. Furthermore, the investigators aim to test whether a new, ordinary food-based diet, called the Crohn's Disease TReatment with EATing (CD-TREAT) diet can help control gut inflammation during the early food reintroduction phase, after EEN completion, compared to an unrestricted, free diet.
Jan 2015 Bacteria & Inflammation in the Gut (BIG) Study (BIG) Observational EEN NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde EEN has previously been shown to induce changes in major bacterial metabolites and dominant bacterial species which are more profound in children that clinically improve. This study aims to determine whether it is possible to maintain these bacterial changes with prolonged supplementary enteral nutrition (SEN) while returning to normal diet and if this can reduce risk of subsequent relapse for children with CD. Observational, case control, n=200
Oct 2019 Diet Intervention Treatment for Active Ulcerative Colitis Interventional Mount Sinai Hospital, Canada We propose to use a sustainable non-elemental diet aimed at altering the microbiome in patients with mild to moderately active UC to alter their disease activity. Participants will be followed for 14 days on their traditional diet followed by an 8 week intervention with the specially designed and provided treatment diet. The treatment diet has been designed based on the literature with the goal of influencing the biodiversity and density of the microbiome. All food through the duration of the 8 week dietary intervention period of the study will be provided to the treatment arm study participants. Open label n=20
May 2020 SCD vs. Mediterranean Diet Therapy in Ulcerative Colitis
Interventional SCD, MED Massachusetts General Hospital Although patients and physicians have shown tremendous interest in the effect of diet on ulcerative colitis, there is a lack of significant evidence for providers to make practical recommendations with. In this study, the investigators hope to find out if dietary therapy by either the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) or the Mediterranean diet will help improve ulcerative colitis symptoms for patients with mild to moderately active disease. In addition, the investigators will compare disease activity and changes in the intestinal bacterial composition in the colon that occur with the Mediterranean or the SCD diet in active ulcerative colitis.
May 2019 Inflammatory Bowel Disease Tracker (IBD Tracker) (IBDTr) Observational Massachusetts General Hospital The goal for this study is to use non-invasive monitoring techniques to identify biomarkers that emerge, or change predictably, when a patient begins to relapse from remission to enter a period of disease - to find the earliest signs of an active flare. If the investigators identify a pattern of biomarkers that could alert a patient and their clinician to a flare as soon as it begins, it may be possible to intervene before symptoms present by changing medication and/or diet and lifestyle to lessen the severity of the disease flare. The biomarker fingerprint may also reveal new targets for therapeutics that could control IBD. Patient reported well being, 24 hour dietary recall, Smart Watch monitoring for activity, sleep, movement. Blood, stool, urine biomarkers measured throughout 12 month period, as well as biospecimens for microbiome and metabolite composition. Observational, prospective, 12 months, N=100
Jan 2020 Adjunctive Treatment With Vitamin D3 in Patients With Active IBD (ACTIVATED) Interventional Massachusetts General Hospital Besides its traditional role in bone homeostasis, several studies have recognized the important role Vitamin D plays in modulating the immune response, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Specifically, Vitamin D may mediate immunity by modulating autophagy in leukocytes and regulating the gut microbiome. Thus, Vitamin D may play an important role in IBD. Furthermore, evidence suggests that the effect of vitamin D may be mediated through the TNF-α pathway, suggesting a synergy with anti-TNF therapy. This is a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial to study the effect of Vitamin D3 as an adjunct therapy for patients with active CD, UC, or IBD unspecified who are undergoing anti-TNF induction therapy.
Apr 2015 Dietary Therapy and Gut Microbiome in Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Interventional SCD Massachusetts General Hospital Single site, open-label clinical trial of enteral nutrition or the specific carbohydrate diet in patients with active CD or UC assigned to one of two dietary intervention arms based on their preference and will meet with the study registered dietician at the MGH Clinical Research Center (CRC) metabolism and nutrition unit. There, they will receive instruction on the components of the assigned dietary therapy arm - partial elemental diet (enteral nutrition) or specific carbohydrate diet, and will complete a baseline food record (FR). They will adhere to the dietary therapy for 6 weeks after which they can resume normal diet. Clinical, biochemical, nutritional, and microbiological parameters will be measured during and for 6 weeks following the study. They will have 5 study visits during this time. N=40
Dec 2012 Diet and Disease Activity in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Observational Maastricht University Medical Center The investigators hypothesize that differences in dietary patterns affects the intestinal microbiota composition and thereby contributes to the development of exacerbations in IBD. Observational cohort, 1 year, n=600.

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