Crohn's disease patients needed for research study

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Jill Smith, M.D., is studying vitamin D supplementation and Crohn’s disease.

Crohn’s disease is form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which involves ongoing inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. IBD patients are generally lacking vitamin D, although it is not known if Crohn’s is caused by or results in a lack of vitamin D.

Those with Crohn’s diseases are able to participate in this research study. Participation includes six visits to the medical center, or at Penn State in University Park, over a six-month period, providing small blood samples, a questionnaire, and a bone scan.

To be eligible, participants need to have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, be between 18 and 70 years old, not be taking any steroid medication, and not have an ostomy.

Compensation is provided for time and travel.

For more information, call Sandra Bingaman in Hershey at 717-531-5519, or Veronika Weaver at University Park at 814-865-3520.

This research study, IRB 28878, has been approved by the Institutional Review Board under federal requirements at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine.

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Last Updated April 01, 2010