Navigation Links
Novel IBS treatment developed at UB garners $8.5 million for seven-year clinical trial

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic, debilitating disorder affecting 25 million people in the U.S -- 14-24 percent of women and 5-19 percent of men.

No reliable and satisfactory medical treatment exists for the full range of IBS symptoms, which can cause severe physical and psychological distress and deprive sufferers of their quality of life.

Based on a successful pilot study of a primarily at-home, self-administered cognitive behavior therapy program, a University at Buffalo behavioral scientist has received $8.5 million from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to conduct a seven-year, multi-site clinical trial of the program developed at UB.

The UB trial is the largest IBS clinical trial conducted to date and one of the largest behavioral trials funded by the NIH.

Jeffrey M. Lackner, Psy.D., assistant professor in the department of medicine, UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and director of its Behavioral Medicine Clinic at Erie County Medical Center, is principal investigator.

The trial will be conducted at three sites: UB, University at Alabama-Birmingham and Northwestern University. Following a 12-month planning period, 480 patients between the ages of 18 and 70 with moderate to severe IBS will be recruited over the following four years. Participants will be assigned randomly to one of three treatment groups: standard cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), in which patients will receive 10 weekly one-hour sessions with a therapist; home-based CBT plus 4 one-hour therapist sessions over 10 weeks; or education and support.

Participants will be reassessed at five points during the 12 months following the intervention to determine the long-term effectiveness of each treatment.

"In the short term, we hope to show that a self-administered version of cognitive behavior therapy for IBS is as effective as standard in-office treatment, but is more efficient, more accessible and less costly to deliver," said Lackner.

"In the long term, we hope to show that a self-administered behavioral treatment program maintains its effectiveness over time, can enhance the quality of patient care, improve clinical outcomes and decrease the economic costs of one of the most prevalent and intractable GI disorders."

Lackner noted that the trial addresses a major priority of the NIDDK of improving the quality of care for IBS and the surgeon general's call to develop relatively simple behavioral approaches for enhancing the long-term health of chronically ill Americans.

UB co-investigators are Leonard Katz, M.D., Michael Sitrin, M.D., Susan Krasner, Ph.D., Changxing Ma, Ph.D., and Ann Marie Carosella, Ph.D. Rebecca Firth is project coordinator.

Lackner's early research leading to an NIH-funded pilot study and the current NIDDK award was supported by an Interdisciplinary Research and Creative Activities grant from the UB Office of the Vice President for Research. In addition, the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Office of the Vice President for Research provided bridge funding to sustain Lackner's research between the pilot study and the NIDDK study.


Contact: Lois Baker
716-645-5000 x1417
University at Buffalo

Related medicine news :

1. Novel 3-D cell culture model shows selective tumour uptake of nanoparticles
2. Novel virus detection identifies new viruses in study of respiratory infections and asthma attacks
3. Researchers uncover novel mechanism that balances the sizes of functional areas in the brain
4. Novel Cooling Therapy May Have Aided Injured Football Player
5. ECLIPSE data on effects of Otsukas investigational novel treatment, Tolvaptan
6. SNM seeks novel approaches to molecular imaging to showcase at annual meeting
7. GrantAdler Shipping Novel Implantable Vascular Access Port
8. SNM seeks novel approaches to molecular imaging to showcase at annual meeting
9. Novel strategy under study for aggressive leukemia
10. ISTO Technologies Receives 510(k) Clearance for a Novel Bone Graft Substitute and Bone Graft Extender
11. 454 Sequencing(TM): Science Paper Describes a Novel, Highly Efficient Method of Sequencing Ancient DNA; Sequences the Mitochondria of 10 Individual Mammoths to Prove It
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... certified to offer their patients the many benefits of the revolutionary BIOLASE WaterLase ... sharp cutting and scraping tools traditionally used by a dentist in Gettysburg, ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... launched their Black Friday sale a week early, offering 40% off select bras ... the intimate apparel industry through both mobile fit technology and the latest fashion, ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Preparing for the LDT Regulation:, CLIA Won’t Satisfy ... , FDA has long asserted that design and manufacture of Laboratory Developed ... and do not meet the device regulations. , Come up short in an inspection ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 2015 , ... United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s leading ... its newest Partner Firm. Based in Jefferson City, Missouri, their core philosophy is ... of whether that client is a business, a family, or an individual. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... With Thanksgiving right around the corner, holiday travel ... help protect your family and vehicle. , According to the National Highway Traffic Safety ... Amica is sharing the following safety tips from the NHTSA: , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... Diego -based Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... development, production and dispensing of novel compounded pharmaceuticals.  ... segments including ophthalmology, urology, sinus and integrative medicine.  ... from four facilities located in California ... New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  For ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Nov. 24, 2015  Freudenberg Medical has developed specialty tubing ... outside of medical facilities. Africa ... care is sparse. Nevertheless, prompt diagnosis is important to treat ... the virus. With the help of a portable mini-lab or ... to village in affected areas and perform rapid testing for ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015   Mast Therapeutics, Inc. ... its molecular adhesion and sealant technology (MAST) platform to ... and stroke, today announced that the Company,s Chief Executive ... the Piper Jaffray 27 th Annual Healthcare Conference ... at the New York Palace hotel in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: