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
Jul 2014 Cyclic Exclusive Enteral Nutrition as Maintenance Therapy for Pediatric Crohn’s Disease (CD-HOPE) Interventional EEN Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris There is convincing data indicating that EN is highly efficacious when given on an exclusive basis, while the use of partial EN is markedly less effective to induce remission in active Crohn's disease as compared to exclusive EN. Recently, it was suggested that exclusive EN has a dominant effect on the intestinal microbiota, which contributes to the induction of remission. There exists several strategies to maintain remission in children with CD, but there is no clear consensus on which maintenance treatment to follow. There are some indicators to believe that enteral nutritional therapy might play also a significant role as maintenance therapy for CD. Given the fact that many centers use a top-down approach with the introduction of immunosuppressors and/or biologics at/or shortly after diagnosis, the investigators wanted to test the possibility of a treatment option to efficiently maintain remission with less (or no) side effects based on enteral nutrition to avoid the early use of immunosuppressors.
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.
Mar 2014 Personalized "Alberta" Diet for Prevention of Relapse in Ulcerative Colitis Interventional University of Alberta In the present study, ulcerative colitis (UC) patients in the remission stage of the disease will be randomized into two groups: Alberta anti-inflammatory diet and Canada's Food Guide diet. The elements of Alberta anti-inflammatory diet have previously been shown to have a role in decreasing the risk of UC development or management of UC-related symptoms or relapse. Since the primary outcome of interest is the relapse rate in two groups, disease status will be assessed monthly using appropriate tools. In order to find out the underlying mechanisms that will relate the proposed diet to decreased flare rate, some laboratory evaluations, which are mainly markers of inflammation or are related to gut microbiome will be conducted. In the present study, the investigators will also perform state-of-the art metabolomics tests, in order to study how the dietary changes will change the end metabolites. In addition, the investigators will be able to explore if metabolomic profile of participants can prThis study will last for 6 months from to their stable doses of maintenance drug therapy. N=53 completededict future UC relapse.
Oct 2017 Personalized Research on Diet in Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease (PRODUCE) Interventional SCD, mSCD Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati A series of N-of-1 trials will be used to determine the effectiveness of a specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) versus a modified SCD in patients in reducing symptoms and inflammatory burden at both the individual and population level. This is a three-year study. The study staff will recruit 120 patients (goal sample size of 100, accounting for attrition) across up to 12 sites in patients aged 7-17 with mild to moderate disease activity. Randomized, open label, crossover trial.
Jun 2015 Crohn Disease Exclusion Diet After Single Medication De-escalation (CEASE) Interventional CDED Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Diet has been proven to impact disease activity in CD and may allow for sustained drug-free remission. The primary objective of this study is to determine whether pediatric CD patients in long-standing remission remain in remission longer after stopping medications if they follow the Crohn's Disease Exclusion Diet (CDED). The hypothesis is that subjects on the CDED will have longer time-to-relapse as opposed to those on an unrestricted diet. n=35
Jan 2020 Low Animal Protein(LAP) modified Specific Carbohydrate Diet in Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis Interventional SCD David Suskind, Seattle Children's Hospital For this study, the investigators will examine the effect of low animal protein diet modified SCD in active ulcerative colitis. The investigators are examining how well a LAP SCD is tolerated and whether the LAP SCD appears effective for the treatment of active UC. Patients will be evaluated at 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks with CBC, sedimentation rate, C-reactive protein, albumin, and stool for microbiome analysis at each follow up visit.
Apr 2016 Fecal Transplantation Using a Diet for Donor and Recipient in Refractory Colitis Interventional Wolfson Medical Center The investigators propose to modify FT using a novel protocol and approach that we have developed. We have developed a unique diet that is geared to rectify dysbiosis in UC and damage to the mucous layer in active UC. The investigators intend to condition both donor and recipient with the diet to achieve optimal conditions for transplant to succeed for both donor and recipient .The investigators intend to evaluate this protocol in adults with active UC that are refractory to medications. The investigators will start with a randomized controlled trial involving 76 transplanted patients, however in the first pilot stage The investigators will enroll 34 patients, and extend the study if there is a trend for better outcomes with the dietary conditioning protocol. Furthermore, The investigators hope to identify successful donors during this period to use during the study extension.
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
Nov 2019 Effects of an Intermittent Reduced Calorie Diet on Crohn's Disease Interventional Stanford University The purpose of this study is to see how an Intermittent Calorie Reduced Diet (IRCD) that mimics fasting effects inflammation in patients with mild to moderate Crohn's disease (CD). The diet may allow users to receive the benefits of fasting while also being able to enjoy food (the ingredients of which are GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Research on dietary interventions and CD are very limited. Diets that mimick fasting have been studied with support of the National Institute of Health and published in leading journals. This research investigates whether markers of inflammation decrease and/or quality of life increases after five-day periods of the IRCD, and may provide rationale for its use to treat CD.n=75
Aug 2016 The Effect of Diet on Microbial Profile and Disease Outcomes in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Interventional SCD Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center This clinical study is designed to evaluate the effect of two dietary patterns, Mediterranean diet and the specific carbohydrate diet on clinical, inflammatory and microbial parameters in patients after pouch surgery and to assess the effect of a personal tailored diet, based on microbial profile, on disease outcomes and generate a predictive model for future interventions. Seventy ulcerative colitis patients post restorative proctocolectomy (pouch) will be randomly allocated into two short-term (one week) dietary interventions, the Mediterranean diet and the specific carbohydrate diet, to assess which diet has the required influence (i.e. increased diversity, decrease in specific pathobionts and increase in "anti-inflammatory" taxa) on the gut microbiome of each participant. Based on this assessment, each participant will be treated by a personally-tailored diet for up to one year, during which microbial composition, clinical parameters, and quality of life will be assessed. Randomized, double blind crossover, n=70
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
Apr 2018 Reverse Engineering of Exclusive Enteral Nutrition (RE-EEN) Interventional EEN Dale Lee This will be an open label, pilot study over 4 weeks in children with newly diagnosed Crohn's disease treated with a smoothie designed to emulate formulas used for exclusive enteral nutritional therapy. In place of formula, whole-foods based smoothie recipes and the food to create the smoothies will be given to each participant/family. The smoothies will be based upon the concept of reverse-engineering of exclusive enteral nutrition (RE-EEN). The smoothie recipes will involve whole foods that can be blenderized to liquid consistency. Similar to the formulas used for EEN, the smoothies will provide calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates in a distribution to support growth and development. Patients will be evaluated for induction of remission and changes in microbiome. Open label, n=10

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