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As a participating study site, Rhode Island Hospital has agreed to host the
Enrollment is currently closed.
The inflammatory bowel diseases, or IBD, include Crohn’s disease and
ulcerative colitis. These two types of IBD are chronic illnesses that
affect approximately 1.4 million Americans. The numbers grow each year,
but the causes of these diseases are unknown. Treatment has improved
over time but there is relatively little scientific data to guide
The State of Rhode Island, with its small size and diverse population,
is an ideal place to do the research needed to get much-needed
information about the causes of IBD, and to learn about why the course
of the illness varies among individuals. The Ocean State Crohn’s &
Colitis Area Registry, or OSCCAR, is the first study of its kind in the
The goal of this study is to identify each person with a new diagnosis
of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis in the state of Rhode Island.
Study volunteers—men, women, and children—are being followed over time
to identify outcomes of these illnesses and to determine what factors
may improve outcomes.