Dr. David Suskind receives the Catalyst for IBD Research award

The award will be presented this weekend at the annual Crohn’s & Colitis Congress 2019. The Catalyst for IBD Research award is given to outstanding IBD researchers who have displayed courage and visionary leadership in the field of IBD basic, translational, or clinical research. It is granted for significant contributions that are bringing us closer to fulfillment of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s mission of finding cures for IBD and improving the lives of patients with these diseases.

Dr. Suskind is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Gastroenterology at Seattle Children’s Hospital and at the University of Washington. His research is focused on the effects of diet on disease activity and the fecal microbiome in inflammatory bowel disease. He is the founder of Nimbal and also authored a comic book titled ‘Professor Nimbal: Explorations in Crohn’s and Colitis’, a book for kids with IBD to explain IBD in terms which they can understand.

A pioneer in the field of dietary therapy for IBD

Dr. Suskind’s comment in response to the award: “I am hoping this will spark others to research diet in IBD.

Diet is the most important modifiable risk factor in IBD.

Advances in the use of nutrition for therapy in pediatric Crohn’s disease
Pediatric Track at the 2017 Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases conference, ImedexCME, 2017

Nutrition in Immune Balance. Using dietary therapy to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Seattle Children’s Hospital Nutrition Symposium, 2016

Fecal Microbial Transformation Diet – The Science behind the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, Seattle Children’s Hospital, 2016

Treating Crohn’s Disease Without Medication – Formula-based nutrition therapy (exclusive enteral nutrition, or EEN) can bring remission without medication. 2013

A list of Dr. Suskind’s main publications:

  1. 1. Suskind DL, Cohen SA, Brittnacher MJ, Wahbeh G, Lee D, Shaffer ML, Braly K, Hayden HS, Klein J, Gold B, Giefer M, Stallworth A, Miller SI. Clinical and Fecal Microbial Changes With Diet Therapy in Active Inflammatory Bowel Disease.J Clin Gastroenterol. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2018 Feb;52(2):155-163.PMID:28030510
  2. Miller TL, Lee D, Giefer M, Wahbeh G, Suskind DL. Nutritional Therapy in Very Early Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Dig Dis Sci. 2017 Aug;62(8):2196-2200. PMID: 28551707
  3. Wahbeh G., Ward B, Lee D, Giefer M, Suskind, DL, Lack of Mucosal Healing from Modified Specific Cabohydrate Diet in Pediatric Patients with Crohn’s Disease, J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. Sep 2017;65(3):289-292.PMID:28825776
  4. Braly K, Williamson N, Shaffer M, Lee D, Wahbeh G, Klein J, Giefer M, Suskind DL. Nutritional Adequacy of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nutritional Adequacy of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease, J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017 Nov;65(5):533-538. PMID:28825603
  5. Lane E, Zisman T, Suskind DL. The Microbiota in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Current and Therapeutic Insight, Journal of Inflammation Research 2017:10 63–73
  6. Bluestone, H, Kronman M, Suskind DL, Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infections in Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients, J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2017 Oct 5. doi: 10.1093/jpids/pix076 PMID: 29040661
  7. Lane ER, Lee D, Suskind DL. Dietary Therapies in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: An Evolving Inflammatory Bowel Disease Paradigm. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2017 Dec;46(4):731-744. PMID:29173518
  8. Suskind DL, Wu B, Braly K, Pacheco MC, Wahbeh G, Lee D Clinical Remission and Normalization of Laboratory Studies in a Patient With Ulcerative Colitis and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Using Dietary Therapy. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2018 Jul;67(1) PMID: 29570558
  9. Lee D, Swan CK, Suskind DL, Wahbeh G, Vanamala J, Baldassano RN, Leonard MB, Lampe JW. Children with Crohn’s Disease Frequently Consume Select Food Additives.Dig Dis Sci. 2018 Oct;63(10):2722-2728. PMID: 29862484
  10. Miller T, Suskind DL. Exclusive enteral nutrition in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2018 Oct;30(5):671-676. PMID:30004946
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