Nutrition Research

Research Projects

IBD-AID (Inflammatory Bowel Disease Anti-Inflammatory Diet)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), are chronic non specific inflammatory conditions. Standard IBD treatment typically employs a combination of anti-inflammatory and immune suppressive medications; however, the pharmacological approach is not by itself curative. The Anti-Inflammatory Diet for IBD (IBD-AID), which is derived and augmented from The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), is a nutritional regimen that restricts the intake of complex carbohydrates such as refined sugar, gluten-based grains, and certain starches from the diet. These carbohydrates are thought to provide a substrate for pro-inflammatory bacteria. The second component of the diet involves the ingestion of pre-and probiotics to help restore an anti-inflammatory environment.

Study Objective:

To assess the efficacy and feasibility of the Anti –Inflammatory Diet (IBD-AID) intervention for the treatment of IBD.

Please click on the link to view our poster abstractpublished finding or the interview of Diet, IBD & the microbiome.


A simple dietary message to improve dietary quality for metabolic syndrome

PI: Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD.

Funded by: National Institute of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

The overall goal of this study is to compare the efficacy of two intervention approaches to dietary change among patients with metabolic syndrome. The efficacy of the two dietary change interventions will be compared in a randomized controlled trial, with 120 patients per group. The two approaches are 1) the American Heart Association (AHA) Dietary Guidelines; and 2) a simple dietary change condition that focuses on increasing fiber. Patients in both conditions will receive intensive dietary instruction for 3 months, followed by a 9 month maintenance phase.



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