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Liver Transplant clinical trials at University of California Health

20 in progress, 9 open to eligible people

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  • Angiotensin II in Liver Transplantation

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy and safety of Angiotensin II as a second-line vasopressor (drug that raises the blood pressure) during liver transplantation.

    at UCSF

  • CM for Patients With ALD After Liver Transplant

    open to eligible people ages 18-99

    Alcohol associated liver disease (ALD) refers to liver injury, such as cirrhosis, that is caused by alcohol use. It affects 2 million adults in the U.S. and is now the leading cause of cirrhosis-related hospitalizations, cirrhosis- related deaths, and liver transplantation. Alcohol use disorder (AUD), the root cause of ALD, affects 15 million Americans each year. While research studies have shown that behavioral therapy and medications specific for alcohol use have helped people overcome their alcohol use disorder, there has not been enough information related to how successful these treatments are specifically for people with ALD. This study will look at a behavioral treatment called "contingency management" (CM) that has shown to be effective with people with other substance use disorders. CM is based on the principles of operant conditioning that involves offering prize-based or monetary incentives to patients with substance use disorders to reduce substance use. This study will look at the efficacy and acceptability of CM in patients who received a liver transplant and have evidence of recurrent alcohol use. The proposed study is a pilot randomized controlled trial of 30 patients with ALD who received a liver transplant; 15 will be randomized to receive a 10-week CM intervention while 15 will receive treatment as usual (TAU or control). Subjects will be asked to complete 12 study visits (including Screening and Baseline Visits) that will last 1 to 2 hours each depending on the visit. All visits will be completed via Zoom. Study staff will instruct participants on how to use Zoom, if necessary. During the Screening and Baseline Visits, subjects will be: 1) asked to provide a urine test and blood draw, 2) complete the SCID-5 AUD, a semi-structured interview guide for making the major DSM-5 diagnoses, 3) complete the Iowa Gambling Test which looks at decision-making skills, 4) complete a survey that looks at the subject's quality of life after liver transplant, 4) review how much alcohol the subject has consumed in the last 30 days, 5) and if the subject has received any current AUD treatments. Once the Screening and Baseline visits are completed, subjects will be randomized to either the CM group or the TAU group. During the weekly visits, subjects will be asked to provide blood and urine samples and will be asked if they have had any alcohol since their last visit. All subjects will receive $20 for completing the visits. For those in the CM group, subjects will also receive a CM reward for negative urine and/or blood tests, depending on which results we receive first-with rewards ranging from $5 to $80 depending on the week. Additionally, during weeks 1, 5, and 10, those in the CM group will also complete the Client Satisfaction Questionnaire-8 to assess client satisfaction with CM and complete a semi-structured interview about the CM protocol as well as CM acceptability and feasibility.

    at UCLA

  • Examination of Immunosuppression Adjustment Impact on Kidney Function in Liver Transplant

    open to eligible people ages 18-78

    This is a study to help understand how well new combinations of immunosuppressive medications (medications that weaken your immune system to prevent your body from rejecting the transplanted liver) work compared to standard immunosuppressive medications after your liver transplant. Also the study will assess how safe the new combination of immunosuppressive medicines are and if there are any changes in how your kidneys work after taking these medicines.

    at UCLA

  • HEalth Advocate for Liver Transplant - Pilot

    open to eligible people ages up to 17 years

    The Health Advocate for Liver Transplant (HEAL-Tx) Pilot is a nonrandomized, open-label intervention pilot of a health advocate intervention aimed to assess feasibility and acceptability of integrating a Health Advocate onto the transplant team. Across studies, health advocate roles vary, and can include coordinating medical care treatment, facilitating financial assistance (e.g., taxi vouchers), and connecting patients to community resources, which can improve self-management, mitigate social risks, and lead to better communication between the healthcare system and the family. In this pilot, the investigators will adapt this intervention for pediatric liver transplant patients and measure acceptability and feasibility according to RE-AIM.

    at UCSF

  • HEalth Advocate for Liver Transplantation: Improving Transition of Care for Adolescent Liver Transplant Recipients

    open to eligible people ages 18-25

    The Health Advocate for Liver Transplant (HEAL-Tx) Transition of Care Pilot is a nonrandomized, open-label intervention pilot of a health advocate intervention aimed to assess feasibility and acceptability of integrating a Health Advocate onto the transplant team to help adolescents transition their care to adult transplant teams. Across studies, health advocate roles vary, and can include coordinating medical care treatment, facilitating financial assistance (e.g., taxi vouchers), and connecting patients to community resources, which can improve self-management, mitigate social risks, and lead to better communication between the healthcare system and the family. In this pilot, the investigators will adapt this intervention for adolescent/young adult liver transplant patients and measure acceptability and feasibility according to RE-AIM.

    at UCSF

  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Microarrays in Liver Transplantation

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    INTERLIVER is a prospective observational study of the relationship of the molecular phenotype of 300 liver transplant biopsies to the histologic phenotype and the clinical features and outcomes. A segment of a biopsy performed as standard-of-care for indications, or by center protocol, will be used for gene expression study.

    at UCSF

  • Functional Assessment in Liver Transplantation

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This will be a prospective cohort study of patients with liver disease. Subjects will undergo geriatric assessments of frailty, functional status, and disability using functional status measures at baseline and at every clinic visit in the pre-transplant setting. Subjects will also answer questions regarding quality of life, personality, and/or cognitive function. Subjects will again undergo assessments at every clinic visit through 12 months after transplant. Then, they will be followed annually.

    at UCSF

  • Social & Contextual Impact on Children Undergoing Liver Transplantation

    open to eligible people ages up to 70 years

    The social determinants of health have a large impact on health. For example, neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation is associated with increased risk of medication non-adherence, graft failure, and death in children after liver transplant. In order to address these socioeconomic inequities in outcomes, a more granular understanding of how the social determinants of health impact outcomes is needed. In this observational prospective cohort, caregivers of children undergoing liver transplantation will complete surveys and undergo in-depth, qualitative interviews. The survey will assess comprehensively for the social determinants of health (e.g. material economic hardship, health literacy, social connectedness, primary care quality, etc). The qualitative interviews will identify barriers and facilitators that socioeconomically deprived children/families have to obtaining the ideal outcome and identify health system opportunities to integrate social needs and medical care. Data will be linked to an existing prospective cohort study (The Society for Pediatric Liver Transplant registry) to assess the impact of social risk on outcomes after transplant. Healthcare providers who take care of children undergoing liver transplant will also be included in the qualitative interviews. The goal of including this group in the study is to determine the health systems barriers and facilitators to social needs screening and intervention.

    at UCSF

  • Sponsor-Initiated OCS Liver Perfusion (OLP-II) Registry

    open to all eligible people

    OLP-II Registry is a sponsor-initiated, multi-center, observational, post-approval registry.

    at UCSD UCSF

  • Angiotensin 2 for AKI After OLT

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    Kidney injury is a common complication following liver transplantation and is associated with a higher complication rate and increased risk of death. While there are many factors that likely contribute to kidney injury in the perioperative period, a relative low serum level of angiotensin 2 (Ang 2) (a protein hormone that causes blood vessels to narrow) found in patients with liver cirrhosis (late stage of liver damage) may increase their risk of developing acute kidney injury (sudden episode of kidney failure or damage). We propose to investigate how early administration of Ang 2, a new vasopressor drug approved by the FDA in December 2017 for patients with low blood pressure, during the intra-operative period of liver transplant surgery affects the rate of kidney injury after transplantation. Patients who are deemed appropriate candidates for the study will be randomized 1:1 to the treatment and control groups. The intervention period of the study will occur in the operating room during transplant surgery and will be performed by their anesthesiologists. In the Treatment group, patients will receive Ang 2 infusions in addition to other standard vasopressors while patients in the control group will receive standard vasopressors alone. The infusion of Ang 2 in the treatment group will continue through the duration of the surgery and will be stopped prior to leaving the operating room. Both the treatment group and the control group will then be followed for 14 days to evaluate rates of kidney injury and to look for any complications. The follow up period will be extended to 28 days to look at in-hospital mortality rates in both groups. The daily follow up analysis will occur while the enrolled patients are inpatient following their transplantation surgery and will be done by looking at lab values and other data that is routinely gathered by their managing teams. This study will serve as a pilot study to evaluate feasibility of our protocol and to collect some preliminary data on the use of Ang 2 in this patient population. As such we plan to enroll approximately 30 patients who have accepted an offer to receive a donor liver. We hope to reach our goal enrollment within 5 months of starting the study.

    at UCLA

  • COVID Protection After Transplant-Immunosuppression Reduction

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    This study will enroll individuals who have: - Completed primary series of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, and - An antibody response ≤ 2500 U/mL measured at least 30 days after the last dose of vaccine. This group of patients is at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease due to pharmacologic immunosuppression and a high prevalence of non-transplant risk factors such as obesity and diabetes.

    at UCSD UCSF

  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Vaccine in Orthotopic Liver Transplant Candidates

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    This is a multi-center clinical trial in Cytomegalovirus (CMV) seronegative prospective liver transplant recipients to determine the efficacy of two doses of Cytomegalovirus-Modified Vaccinia Ankara (CMV-MVA) Triplex CMV vaccine pre-transplant. The primary objective is to assess the effect of pre-transplant (Tx) Triplex vaccination on duration of CMV antiviral therapy (AVT) within the first 100 days post-Tx in CMV seropositive donor (D+) and seronegative (R-) (D+R-) liver transplant recipients (LTxRs). A protocol-mandated preemptive therapy (PET) will be used for CMV disease prevention in D+R- LTxRs.

    at UCSD UCSF

  • Expanding Liver Transplant Immunosuppression Minimization Via Everolimus

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    This is a study to determine the safety, efficacy, and tolerability of taking away the anti-rejection medicine, tacrolimus, in liver transplant recipients in conjunction with everolimus monotherapy to preserve renal function. Two hundred - seventy (270) subjects will be randomized 2:1 into one of two groups between 2-3 months post-transplant. Seventy participants will be placed into an observational group and will remain on their current post-transplant medications. The duration of the study from time of enrollment is 18-20 months.

    at UCSF

  • HOPE in Action Trial of HIV+ Deceased Donor Liver Transplants for HIV+ Recipients

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The primary objective of this study is to determine if an HIV-infected donor liver (HIVD+) transplant is safe with regards to major transplant-related and HIV-related complications

    at UCSD UCSF

  • Improving Medication Adherence in Adolescents Who Had a Liver Transplant

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The study's aim is to test a tailored telemetric intervention to reduce rejection incidence by improving medication adherence in a group of adolescent liver transplant recipients identified as nonadherent by a marker (the Medication Level Variability Index, MLVI).

    at UCLA UCSF

  • OCS Liver DCD Trial

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    Evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the OCS Liver System to preserve, optimize the condition, and assess levers from DCD donors.

    at UCSF

  • Everolimus Treatment in Liver Transplantation for Liver Cancer

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    This study is a prospective Phase IV study to determine if the use of Everolimus results in lower liver tumor recurrence and improved patient and graft survival after liver transplant for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The immunosuppressive comparators will be Everolimus and Tacrolimus therapy compared to Tacrolimus and Mycophenolic acid/Mycophenolate Mofetil/Azathioprine. Primary outcomes data is disease free survival (the time from randomization to HCC recurrence or death). Secondary outcomes are rate of recurrence of Hepatitis C, problems related to wound healing, hernia repair within the first 12 months, hepatic arterial thrombosis, renal function, acute cellular rejection, post-transplant diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia.

    at UCSF

  • Starzl Network Patient Reported Outcomes

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    This study uses a smartphone application/web interface (RealTime Clinic; RTC) to collect patient and parent reports of a pediatric liver transplant recipient's quality of life (QOL), and examines the extent to which QOL evaluations can be integrated into care with the help of the application. The QOL measure that is used in this study is the Pediatric Liver Transplant Quality of Life (PeLTQL) questionnaire. Utilization, effectiveness, and efficiency data are evaluated. Hypotheses are fully described in the protocol. The primary hypothesis is that 80% of recruited child-proxy dyads will have at least one RTC-enabled PeLTQL score at 12 months. Other hypotheses look at implementation metrics and patient outcomes.

    at UCSF

  • Molecular Assessment and Profiling of Liver Transplant Recipients

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The objective of this protocol is to conduct longitudinal and prospective studies of liver transplant recipients, using a multimodality approach, akin to that used in kidney transplantation. The primary aim will compare the clinical outcomes of LiverCare post-transplant surveillance in liver transplant with standard of care consisting of liver function tests, DSA measurements, drug level monitoring, and 'for cause' biopsy. The protocol will assess the correlation between clinical events (e.g. rejection, recurrent disease, biliary obstruction), dd-cfDNA levels, gene expression profiling, ability to assess microchimerism, develop predictive analytics, infectious disease diagnoses and finally examine graft histology.

    at UCSD

  • OCS Liver Perfusion (OLP) Post-Approval Registry

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The objective of the OLP Registry is to collect more data on the post-transplant clinical outcomes of DBD and DCD donor livers preserved and assessed on OCS Liver System according to the approved indication and the OCS device performance in the real-world setting.

    at UCSD UCSF

Our lead scientists for Liver Transplant research studies include .

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