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NIH grant will create behavioral health registry for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease
Date:2/22/2010

PROVIDENCE, RI The National Institutes of Health has awarded a two-year development grant to researchers with Hasbro Children's Hospital and the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center to better understand the role behavioral health plays in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a condition that causes chronic and painful inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.

The $500,000 grant, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and awarded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIHCD), will establish the nation's first multi-center behavioral health registry of newly-diagnosed children and teens with IBD, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

The registry will assess the influence of psychosocial and behavioral factors such as stress, emotional, social and family functioning on IBD status, disease activity and outcomes in young patients, and will also look closely at medication adherence.

Neal LeLeiko, MD, PhD, director of the division of gastroenterology, nutrition and liver diseases at Hasbro Children's Hospital, and Debra Lobato, PhD, director of child psychology at Hasbro Children's Hospital and a researcher with the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, will lead the project.

Studies have confirmed the increased incidence of IBD in children. Although there currently is no cure and some patients require surgery, innovative methods including maintenance medications can control symptoms and improve quality of life. These treatments, however, often have undesirable side effects. Previous research has also shown a strong association between IBD and mental health problems in children and teens, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and poor body image.

"This project is a unique collaboration between pediatric gastroenterology and child psychology that will enhance our ability to study the connection between behavioral and biol
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Contact: Jessica Collins Grimes
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