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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

For information on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis clinical trials, please contact Natalie Saunders.

Current Recruiting Studies

Novel MRI Biomarkers for monitoring disease progression in ALS

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Routine MRI is normal in motor neuron diseases such as ALS. However, advanced MRI techniques can provide an objective measure of degeneration (a “biomarker”) by examining brain structure, wiring, chemistry, and function. We will develop and evaluate novel MRI techniques that could improve our understanding of ALS and provide a means to diagnose it sooner and monitor its progression. Importantly, we expect these techniques to improve how new drugs are tested, which may lead to the more rapid discovery of a treatment for ALS.

Each participant will have 3 MRI scans over a period of 8 months, along with neurological and cognitive evaluations. Study visits will take 2 – 3 hours. MRI is a safe technique that does not involve radiation.

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Effects of oral Levosimendan (ODM-109) on respiratory function in patients with ALS

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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.

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A Phase 1, Placebo-Controlled, Single and Multiple Ascending Dose Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, and Pharmacokinetics of BIIB067 Administered to Adult Subjects with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics (PK) of BIIB067 in adults with ALS. The secondary objective is to evaluate the effects of BIIB067 on levels of superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) protein in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).

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A An Extension Study to Assess the Long-Term Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics, and Effect on Disease Progression of BIIB067 Administered to Previously Treated Adults with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Caused by Superoxide Dismutase 1 Mutation

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The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the long-term safety and tolerability of BIIB067 in participants with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Caused by Superoxide Dismutase 1 Mutation (SOD1-ALS). The secondary objective is to evaluate the pharmacokinetic (PK) profile of BIIB067 in participants with SOD1-ALS.

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Active Studies (not recruiting)

Arimoclomol in Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the efficacy, the safety and tolerability of the study drug in patients with ALS. Specifically, the study will look to find out if arimoclomol improves the ability for one to breathe on their own, improves survival, functional health and safety.

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A Study to Assess the Safety, Tolerability, and Pharmacokinetics of BIIB078 in Adults With C9ORF72-Associated Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of BIIB078 in adults with C9ORF72-ALS. The secondary objective of this study is to evaluate the pharmacokinetic profile of BIIB078. As the first-in-human study, the study enrolls a small number of patients in each cohort. Every patient in a cohort is treated with the same dose or placebo. The study is designed to evaluate and confirm the safety of each dose before enrolling and exposing new patients to a higher dose in the next cohort. Therefore, proceeding from cohort to cohort, the recruitment status of “Active, not recruiting” may change.

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A Phase I, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter, Single- And Multiple-Ascending-Dose Study To Determine Initial Safety, Tolerability, And Pharmacokinetics Of Gdc-0134 In Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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This first-in-human, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase I study will be conducted in participants with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to explore safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetic (PK) properties of GDC-0134. It will include three components: a Single-Ascending-Dose (SAD) stage, a Multiple-Ascending-Dose (MAD) stage, and an Open-Label Safety Expansion (OSE) stage.

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