Intestinal Disease NEOPICS Study

The International Early Onset Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Cohort Study (NEOPICS)

Protocol Description

Through this multi-center study, researchers will create a “biobank” of biological samples from young people with intestinal disease and their family members to be used for research. A biobank is a large collection of biological samples (blood, urine, stool), medical data (family history), and tissue samples (biopsies, surgically removed tissue), collected for use in future research investigations. Understanding the relationship between genetic biomarkers and intestinal disease, as well as how the immune system reacts to gut bacteria will help investigators find ways to prevent and treat intestinal disease, as well as improve diagnosis, and better predict treatment response and long-term outcomes.

Eligibility Criteria

Patients of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, ages 1 month to 20 years and diagnosed with intestinal disease, are invited to participate in this research project. Family members may also be invited to participate.
Boys: Ages 1 month through 20 years
Girls: Ages 1 month through 20 years

At enrollment, family and medical histories will be obtained through a brief interview, including a review of medical records at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC from the time of diagnosis and ongoing throughout the study. Biological samples collected during routine visits or prescribed procedures will also be included in this study.
Visits: None beyond routine clinical visits or hospitalization
Duration: Open ended

Status: Open for Enrollment

Source of Support
The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Additional Information
NEOPICS website

Primary Investigator(s)

Alka Goyal, MD

Contact Information

For more information about the study or enrollment, please contact:
Donna D. Smith, RRT, MS

Last Update
March 13, 2014
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Last Update
March 13, 2014