Nutrition Counseling Study for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Conducted by Lin Chang, MD

This study involves free nutrition sessions with a skilled IBS-specializing dietitian*. You must be:fodmap_gut

  • Adult (at least 18 years of age)
  • Diagnosed by your doctor with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with diarrhea OR diarrhea with constipation (IBS-D or IBS-M)
  • Have never met with Nancee Jaffe, MS, RD or tried the low-FODMAP diet before
  • For any medications currently taking – dose has not changed in past 30 days
  • Have NO history of prior digestive surgery excluding appendectomy, or prior organic digestive illness diagnosed by your doctor
  • Have NOT taken antibiotics in the past 2 months
  • Do NOT have a current diagnosed eating disorder
  • Have NOT had a cholecystectomy within the last 6 months

If you fit the criteria listed above, consider joining our study! Please contact study coordinator, Eileen Liu, to set up an appointment for screening and enrollment.
Phone: (310) 206-1656
Email: EileenLiu@mednet.ucla.edu

fodmap_jaffe* Nancee Jaffe, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian at the UCLA Digestive Health & Nutrition Clinic in the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases

Nancee graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, where she earned her masters of science in nutrition. She completed her dietetic internship at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was mentored by Dr. Lin Chang of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience. Joining the UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases in 2012, Nancee is an integral part of the Celiac Disease Program and Digestive Health & Nutrition Clinic. She is involved with direct patient interaction during individual nutrition counseling sessions. In 2016, Nancee was a reviewer for the American Gastroenterological Association patient initiatives for short bowel syndrome and the low FODMAP diet. She also helps mentor the division’s fellows and is asked to speak on nutrition and digestive disorders at conferences inclusive of the Southern California Society of Gastroenterology.


UC Longitudinal Study: The Brain-Gut Microbiome Signatures of Stress-related Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Symptom Flares in Ulcerative Colitis (UC) Patients
Conducted by Emeran Mayer, MD; Jenny Sauk, MD; Jonathan Jacobs, MD, PhD

Help us answer some intriguing questions about the effect of stress on ulcerative colitis symptoms. Dr. Emeran A. Mayer, director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience (CNSR), Dr. Jenny Sauk, clinical director of the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and Dr. Jonathan P. Jacobs, director of the Jacobs Laboratory, are conducting the UC Longitudinal Study to identify novel brain-gut-microbiome pathways that cause symptoms in IBD patients. This research study is to improve our understanding of IBD and its underlying cause.

We will use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to observe differences in the brain between people diagnosed with UC compared to healthy controls. We will also collect other measures such as thermal sensitivity and blood and stool samples, to be able to make biological connections associated with the subject groups. By doing this study, we hope to enhance our knowledge on IBD in order to keep the field moving in the right direction and becoming one step closer to discovering effective treatments.
Participants must be:

  • Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis
  • Between the ages of 18-65
  • Able to do an MRI (no implanted metals)
  • Not pregnant or breast feeding

Compensation: Participants can earn up to $400 and receive a digital image of your brain

For further details please call Miriam Dvorsky at (310) 206-3778 or or Hyo Ryu at (310) 825-7206.


Obese or Overweight Men and Women Needed for Neuroimaging Study
Conducted by Arpana Gupta, PhD and Emeran Mayer, MD, PhD

Are you worried about your weight? Help us explore the brain-gut connection related to obesity by participating in our study. If you are a healthy adult who struggles with your weight you may be eligible. If you are between the ages of 18 and 55, you may qualify to participate in a research study conducted by Drs. Arpana Gupta and Emeran Mayer at the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience.

obesity_adThe purpose of this study is to learn more about how the gut influences the brain’s perception of hunger, cravings and food satisfaction, which may lead to the development of better diagnostic tests and treatments for obesity in the future.

The study consists of 2 visits:

  • Medical and clinical assessments
  • Brain MRI
  • Blood and stool samples
  • Compensation is up to $150

If interested, please call Jean at (310) 206-1758