IBD Footprints

A research study effort by the Gali
IBD community to advance personalized medicine solutions for people living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

We know everyone has a different experience with IBD every day. That’s why we are setting out to find a better treatment that will work for your specific Crohn’s or colitis. We believe that our state-of-the-art method for studying your genome and microbiome, together with your symptoms and lifestyle choices over an extended period of time, will help to bring us closer to a cure for IBD.*

IBD is different for everyone, so the more people we study, the more likely we are to discover new, meaningful connections. As part of this study, we are collecting both biological samples (stool and saliva) and digital lifestyle and health data from some 10,000 people. This study will take place in phases, with phase 1 numbering 50 to 100 participants. We’d love for you to participate in phase 1 and it’s completely free to you (usually a $500 to $2,000 value).

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What’s in it for you:

All the benefits of using Gali — a mobile app that helps you learn about, track and manage your condition. Gali also engages you in the larger IBD community of patients and healthcare professionals and provides emotional support on your IBD journey.
Find out how your microbiome changes over time and how those changes correlate with your IBD symptoms and experience, as well as how your microbiome is different from or similar to others’ in the study.
Contribute to the IBD community’s effort to find a cure. Contribute your experiential knowledge to current clinical care efforts.
A successful study could lead to better care for your IBD.

How it works:

You partner with Gali to track your day-to-day experience with IBD.
Gali sends you stool and saliva sample collection kits every month so you can also track your gut and oral microbiome.
Your kits come pre-labeled, so they are very easy to send back to us.
Gali will send you in-app reminders about your samples.
Your samples will be sent to Gali’s biobank to be frozen and later used for sequencing.
As soon as your samples are analyzed, Gali will deliver your easy-to-read reports in your app.
You earn Gali points that you can later redeem for various gift cards.

What will happen to your digital and biological data:

Gali Health has a dedicated R&D arm (all of your data is kept in-house).
Your digital data goes through an identification stripping process.
Your biological samples will go through the identification stripping process and are stored in the biobank for later sequencing.
Your de-identified data will be stored in a safe and secure location. You will have the option to request for your data to be permanently deleted.
You can opt out of any studies that may involve your data in the future.

Who can participate
in the program:

You must have inflammatory bowel disease and live in the United States to participate.

You must be willing to provide stool and saliva samples and track health using the Gali app, as well as sign a consent form.

Ready to join us?

Phase 1 is now closed for enrollment. Please fill out the form below to get on the waitlist for Phase 2!

Got it!

Thanks for your interest in our study. We will be in touch as soon as Phase 2 starts!


    How you experience IBD is thought to be due to a combination of factors including your genes, the microorganisms in your gut (the microbiome), and environmental factors.

    Nature Reviews

    In individuals with IBD, there is evidence for an association between gut inflammation and the microbiome.

    The American Journal of Gastroenterology

    There is also evidence for differences in the microbiome between people who respond to certain treatments and those who do not.

    Science Direct
    A friend for your IBD journey