About Digestive System
From the moment the body takes a bite of food, the digestive system starts its work. The mouth, stomach, and intestines work together to break down food into more usable forms, aided by chemicals called enzymes that are produced and stored in the liver, pancreas, and gall bladder. Once nutrients have been extracted from food, the remaining waste is passed to the colon to be released. When working properly, the digestive system provides the body with fuel for energy and the materials needed for repairs and growth.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Stories
Participants are invited to share how they are maintaining their health during the coronavirus pandemic, or to share what it is like being ill with COVID-19 and/or caring for a loved one who is ill with COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
Genetics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Healthy Volunteers
Are you a healthy, white individual between the ages of 18 and 35? If so, you may be eligible to help researchers understand the genetics of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Researchers hope to identify IBD-causing genes, which determine a person’s make-up and inherited traits. Involves one study visit, participants will be asked to give approximately 4 tbsp. of blood. Compensation provided.
Brain function in Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome - Diagnosed Arm
Are you 18-60 years old? Have you been diagnosed with cyclic vomiting syndrome? You may be able to participate in a study to determine whether brain function in patients with cyclic vomiting syndrome differs from brain function in healthy people. Participation involves the use of a non-invasive method of brain stimulation called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Compensation is provided.
DREAM Acute Pancreatitis Study
Are you 18-75 years old? Have you recently had an acute pancreatitis attack? You may be able to participate in a study to determine if acute pancreatitis increases your risk for diabetes. This study involves up to 9 visits over 3-5 years, and includes providing blood samples and undergoing tests to detect diabetes. Compensation is provided.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
All of Us wants at least one million people to join. Your participation can help shape the future of health for generations to come. People who join will share information. This might be about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. It might also be about family history and genes. By looking for patterns, researchers may learn more about what affects people’s health.
Are you 18-79 and diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)? You may be able to participate in a study to help find out why some people who have fatty liver disease develop more severe liver disease such as cirrhosis or liver cancer while others do not. Participation will last at least 5 years and will involve annual visits. Compensation is provided.
Smartphone Training for Attention Regulation for IBS Study
Have you been diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? You may be able to participate in a study to try to make life with IBS more comfortable! This study includes 3 sessions and involves completing a 14-day stress-reduction program on your smartphone at home and will track your IBS symptoms. Compensation is provided.
Biliary Atresia Study
Are you age 18 or older with a diagnosis of biliary atresia? Have you had the Kasai procedure (surgery to improve bile flow)? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to learn more about the long term health of patients who have had the Kasai procedure. Participation by parents is voluntary. Compensation for transportation provided.
IBD Research Registry
Are you 18 years of age or older, and are seeking or already receiving treatment at the UPMC Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center? If so, you may be able to take part in the IBD Research Registry, which is a list of individuals who are interested in having their medical information included in research studies and being contacted about future research studies.