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Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) clinical trials at UC Health
15 in progress, 9 open to eligible people

  • Advancing Research and Treatment for Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (ARTFL)

    open to eligible people ages 18-85

    Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) is the neuropathological term for a collection of rare neurodegenerative diseases that correspond to four main overlapping clinical syndromes: frontotemporal dementia (FTD), primary progressive aphasia (PPA), corticobasal degeneration syndrome (CBS) and progressive supranuclear palsy syndrome (PSPS). The goal of this study is to build a FTLD clinical research consortium to support the development of FTLD therapies for new clinical trials. The consortium, referred to as Advancing Research and Treatment for Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (ARTFL), will be headquartered at UCSF and will partner with six patient advocacy groups to manage the consortium. Participants will be evaluated at 14 clinical sites throughout North America and a genetics core will genotype all individuals for FTLD associated genes.

    at UCSF UCLA UCSD

  • An Efficacy, Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics Study of BIIB067 in Adults With Inherited Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    The primary objective of Parts A and B of this study is to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics (PK) of BIIB067 in adult with ALS. The primary objective of Part C of this study is to evaluate the clinical efficacy of BIIB067 administered to adult participants with ALS and confirmed superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) mutation. The secondary objective of Parts A and B of this study is to evaluate the effects of BIIB067 on levels of SOD1 protein in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The secondary objectives of Part C are to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and pharmacodynamic (PD) effects of BIIB067 administered to adult participants with ALS and confirmed SOD1 mutation.

    at UCSD

  • Arimoclomol in Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    A multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of arimoclomol in amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

    at UC Irvine

  • Deep Phenotyping in Patients With ALS

    open to eligible people ages 18-75

    This study aims to establish a biorepository and phenotyping database to investigate longitudinal changes in ALS subjects. Blood, including DNA and RNA, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and electrophysiologic measures will be collected every 6 months over 1 and a half years. The database and specimen repository will be made available to ALS researchers on a merit basis.

    at UC Irvine

  • ECoG BMI for Motor and Speech Control

    open to eligible people ages 21 years and up

    Test the feasibility of using electrocorticography (ECoG) signals to control complex devices for motor and speech control in adults severely affected by neurological disorders.

    at UCSF

  • Effects of Oral Levosimendan (ODM-109) on Respiratory Function in Patients With ALS

    open to eligible people ages 18-120

    This study will evaluate whether prolonged oral levosimendan can preserve respiratory function more effectively than placebo, resulting in better patient functionality as measured by the ALSFRS-R scale. In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, multicenter study, subjects are allocated in a 2:1 ratio to receive either levosimendan (1 -2 mg daily) or placebo for 48 weeks. The primary endpoint is slow vital capacity (SVC) at 12 weeks, with the impact on patient function assessed through 48 weeks, adjusted for patient outcome, using ALSFRS-R (combined assessment of function and survival, CAFS). Other important efficacy measures include time to respiratory events, clinical global impression (CGI), assessment of dyspnea using the Borg scale and sleep scales (Pittsburgh sleep quality index and Epworth sleepiness scale). Patient safety is monitored using conventional methods including adverse events, safety laboratory tests, vital signs and 12-lead EKG. Following screening and baseline visits, patients attend the clinic at 2, 4, 8, 12, 24, 36 and 48 weeks, with telephone assessments conducted at weeks 18, 30 and 42. An end of study visit is performed 14-25 days after the last study treatment administration. The study will be monitored by an independent data and safety monitoring board. A long-term extension study will be available for patients completing the study.

    at UCSD UC Irvine

  • Phenotype, Genotype & Biomarkers in ALS and Related Disorders

    open to all eligible people

    The goals of this study are: (1) to better understand the relationship between the phenotype and genotype of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and related diseases, including primary lateral sclerosis (PLS), hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), progressive muscular atrophy (PMA), and frontotemporal dementia (FTD); and (2) to develop biomarkers that might be useful in aiding therapy development for this group of disorders.

    at UCSD

  • Safety and Efficacy of Repeated Administrations of NurOwn® in ALS Patients

    open to eligible people ages 18-60

    This study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of repeated administration of NurOwn® (MSC-NTF cells) therapy, which is based on transplantation of autologous bone marrow derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC), which are enriched from the patient's own bone marrow, propagated ex vivo and induced to secrete Neurotrophic factors (NTFs). The autologous NurOwn® (MSC-NTF cells) are back-transplanted into the patient intrathecally by standard lumbar puncture where neurons and glial cells are expected to take up the neurotrophic factors secreted by the transplanted cells

    at UC Irvine

  • Study of Acthar® Gel (Acthar) for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

    open to eligible people ages 18-75

    About 213 people with ALS will participate in this study. There will be locations in North and South America. During the first part, participants will be randomly assigned to a group (like by flipping a coin). Out of every 3: - 2 will get the study drug - 1 will get a look-alike with no drug in it (placebo) During the second part, everyone will get the study drug. Participation will help doctors find out if Acthar can help or slow down the symptoms of ALS better than placebo.

    at UCLA UCSD UC Irvine UCSF

  • AMX0035 in Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The CENTAUR trial will be a 2:1 (active:placebo) randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of AMX0035 for the treatment of ALS.

    at UC Irvine

  • Answer ALS: Individualized Initiative for ALS Discovery

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    Creation of a large repository of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), bio-fluid samples (blood and spinal fluid (optional)), and cell lines for ALS gene identification. This will be combined carefully with collected measures of the pattern of the symptoms people with ALS have and how these change over time. People with other motor neuron diseases and healthy controls will be included as comparisons

    at UC Irvine

  • Long-Term Evaluation of BIIB067

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the long-term safety and tolerability of BIIB067 in participants with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and confirmed superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) mutation. The secondary objectives are to evaluate the pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) profiles and effects on disease progression of BIIB067 administered to participants with ALS and confirmed SOD1 mutation.

    at UCSD

  • Methodology Study of Novel Outcome Measures to Assess Progression of ALS

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The primary objectives of the study are to estimate and rank-order the longitudinal standardized mean changes over 6 months and over 12 months, for a set of novel outcome measures administered to participants with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in order to identify measures that are more sensitive to disease progression than Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Functional Rating Scale-Revised (ALSFRS-R). The secondary objectives of this study are: To evaluate the test-retest reproducibility of each outcome measure; To determine correlations between 6 and 12-month changes in all exploratory measures with 18 and 24-month changes in ALSFRS-R and survival; To assess correlations between/among the various measures; To obtain biological samples in order to identify molecular correlates to the clinical measures and to further characterize previously identified and novel molecular biomarkers of disease progression for incorporation into future clinical studies.

    at UCSD

  • Mexiletine in Sporadic Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The purpose of this research study is to find out whether the drug mexiletine will be effective in lowering motor neuron electrical activity in the brains and nerves in the arms of people with ALS. The investigators will also determine if there are any signs that the drug may slow down the progression of ALS and reduce muscle cramps and muscle twitching. This will be determined through transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and threshold tracking nerve conduction studies (TTNCS). In this trial, the participants will be taking either 300mg/day of mexiletine, 600mg/day of mexiletine, or placebo (non-active study drug).

    at UC Irvine

  • Therapy in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (TAME)

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    The purpose of this study is to determine if memantine at 20 mg BID when used in conjunction with riluzole, can slow down the disease progression of patients with ALS including potentially improving their neuropsychiatric changes, as well as determine if serum biomarkers can be used both as a diagnostic and a prognostic marker in patients with ALS. Funding Source: FDA-OPD

    at UC Irvine

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