Current Research Priorities

Challenges in IBD Research

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is dedicated to accelerating research and seeing the results through from discovery to patient care.

As part of our drive to push the boundaries of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research, we publish our Challenges in IBD Research report to update the Foundation’s research agenda and identify new research priorities. We are currently undergoing the extensive development process for our 2024 Challenges in IBD Research and plan to publish by mid-2024.


Please see here for our 2019 Challenges in IBD Research publication.

2019 Challenges in IBD Research

The Foundation convened scientists from within and outside IBD, pediatric and adult gastroenterologists, surgeons and other clinicians, industry leaders, research leaders, patients and caregivers, and members of the Foundation’s National Scientific Advisory Committee (NSAC) to redefine priority focus areas. Engaging around 100 people, who formed five multidisciplinary workgroups, one for each focus area, to generate the Challenges in IBD Research manuscript.


Five focus areas were identified, which include unmet needs in both pediatric and adult IBD research: