CDC’s Mission on IBD

We work to understand the epidemiology of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to effectively target interventions and inform best clinical practices by:

  • Gathering national prevalence and incidence data.
  • Supporting population-based studies to describe demographic and clinical characteristics of people with IBD and to assess the impact of the disease and various clinical practices in managing IBD.
  • Adapting and expanding current studies to capture socio-economic, racial, and geographic differences among the population.
CDC-Funded Projects
  1. More than 2.6 million cases of provider-diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease in the United States. Digestive Disease Week. 2022; abstract, San Diego, CA.
  2. Shapiro JM, Zoega H, Shah SA, Bright RM. Incidence of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in Rhode Island: report from the Ocean State Crohn’s and Colitis Area Registry. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2016;22(6):1456‒1461.
  3. Shmidt E, Suárez-Fariñas M, Mallette M et al. Erectile Dysfunction is highly prevalent in men with newly diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2019;25(8):1408‒1416. doi: 10.1093/ibd/izy401.
  4. Shmidt E, Suárez-Fariñas M, Mallette M et al. A longitudinal study of sexual function in women with newly diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2019;25(7):1262‒1270. doi: 10.1093/ibd/izy397.
  5. Cohen BL, Zoega H, Shah SA et al. Fatigue is highly associated with poor health-related quality of life, disability and depression in newly-diagnosed patients with inflammatory bowel disease, independent of disease activity. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2014;39(8):811‒822. doi: 10.1111/apt.12659.
  6. Shapiro JM, Hagin SE, Shah SA, et al. Corticosteroid use in a prospective, community-based cohort of newly diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease patients. Dig Dis Sci. 2016;61(6):1635‒1640. doi: 10.1007/s10620-015-4010-4.
  7. Shapiro JM, de Zoete MR, Palm NW et al. Immunoglobulin a targets a unique subset of the Microbiota in inflammatory bowel disease. Cell Host Microbe. 2021;29(1):83‒93.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2020.12.003.