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Novel IBS treatment developed at UB garners $8.5 million for seven-year clinical trial
Date:11/13/2008

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 effic
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Contact: Lois Baker
ljbaker@buffalo.edu
716-645-5000 x1417
University at Buffalo
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