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Brain Malformations


A Salivary Transcriptomic Approach to Drug Discovery for Neonatal Seizures

Neonatal seizures have developmentally unique and heterogeneous disease mechanisms that differ from epilepsies seen in older populations. Anti-seizure drug discovery has had limited success over the decades to improve treatment of neonatal seizures. A knowledge gap exists in the molecular mechanisms responsible for neonatal seizures, limiting anti-seizure therapeutic targets unique to this population. Our study goal is to identify unique molecular networks and pathways responsible for neonatal seizures by salivary gene expression analyses, so that we may identify novel drug therapies to improve outcomes in this vulnerable population.

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Brain Tumors


A Phase II Trial of Nifurtimox for Refractory or Relapsed Neuroblastoma or Medulloblastoma

This study is being done to test the effect of a drug, nifurtimox, against neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma in children. Nifurtimox is a drug that has been used in South America for many years to treat a parasitic disease known as Chagas Disease. It is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for routine use in neuroblastoma or medulloblastoma in the United States, but the FDA is allowing it to be used in research studies like this one. Limited early observations, suggest that nifurtimox may have anti-tumor activity for neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma. We do not know whether nifurtimox will shrink/kill tumor cells effectively in children. Therefore, the major goal of the study is to learn if nifurtimox in combination with other common chemotherapy drugs is effective in shrinking/killing neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma cells. We will also be collecting information about any side effects that the drug may have.

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Crohn's Disease


A Long-Term Non-Invasive Registry to Assess Safety and Effectiveness of HUMIRA® (Adalimumab) in Pediatric Patients with Moderately to Severly Active Crohn’s Disease

To find out more about children with Crohn’s Disease (CD) to help doctors improve the care of patients with this disease.

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Developmental Disabilities


A Salivary Transcriptomic Approach to Drug Discovery for Neonatal Seizures

Neonatal seizures have developmentally unique and heterogeneous disease mechanisms that differ from epilepsies seen in older populations. Anti-seizure drug discovery has had limited success over the decades to improve treatment of neonatal seizures. A knowledge gap exists in the molecular mechanisms responsible for neonatal seizures, limiting anti-seizure therapeutic targets unique to this population. Our study goal is to identify unique molecular networks and pathways responsible for neonatal seizures by salivary gene expression analyses, so that we may identify novel drug therapies to improve outcomes in this vulnerable population.

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Healthy Volunteers


Social Media as a Vehicle for Expression of Self-Harm and Risk-Taking Behavior in Adolescents

The primary objective of this study is to develop and administer a survey tool based on previously validated survey measures to identify adolescents who engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and/or sharing of sexually explicit material.

A secondary objective of the study will be to determine if any correlation exists between adolescents self-reporting to engage in NSSI behaviors and/or sharing of sexually explicit messages and socio-demographic variables, substance use, academic performance and bullying.

  1. Determine percentage of the adolescents who engage in NSSI, what percentage use social media to express intent to engage in NSSI and/or connect with other adolescents who engage in NSSI;
  2. Determine percentage of the adolescents who engage in sharing of sexually explicit material, what percentage use social media as the platform to share sexually explicit materials; and
  3. Determine how much time adolescents who engage in self-harm behaviors and/or sharing of sexually explicit messages spend on social media compared to adolescents who do not engage in self-harm behaviors and/or sharing of explicit messages
Our hypothesis is adolescents who engage in NSSI behaviors and/or sharing of sexually explicit material spend greater amounts of time on social media than adolescents who do not engage in NSSI behaviors and/or sharing of sexually explicit materials

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Medulloblastoma


A Phase II Trial of Nifurtimox for Refractory or Relapsed Neuroblastoma or Medulloblastoma

This study is being done to test the effect of a drug, nifurtimox, against neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma in children. Nifurtimox is a drug that has been used in South America for many years to treat a parasitic disease known as Chagas Disease. It is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for routine use in neuroblastoma or medulloblastoma in the United States, but the FDA is allowing it to be used in research studies like this one. Limited early observations, suggest that nifurtimox may have anti-tumor activity for neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma. We do not know whether nifurtimox will shrink/kill tumor cells effectively in children. Therefore, the major goal of the study is to learn if nifurtimox in combination with other common chemotherapy drugs is effective in shrinking/killing neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma cells. We will also be collecting information about any side effects that the drug may have.

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Nephrotic Syndrome


Practice patterns and outcomes of ACTHar use in children with nephrotic syndrome

This is a registry study which will collect safety health information from children 6 months to 21 years of age with nephrotic syndrome of any cause, and treated with ACTHar therapy. All the data collection will take place during the routine hospital visits. There is no additional visits and invasive procedures for this study.

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Neuroblastoma


A Phase II Trial of Nifurtimox for Refractory or Relapsed Neuroblastoma or Medulloblastoma

This study is being done to test the effect of a drug, nifurtimox, against neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma in children. Nifurtimox is a drug that has been used in South America for many years to treat a parasitic disease known as Chagas Disease. It is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for routine use in neuroblastoma or medulloblastoma in the United States, but the FDA is allowing it to be used in research studies like this one. Limited early observations, suggest that nifurtimox may have anti-tumor activity for neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma. We do not know whether nifurtimox will shrink/kill tumor cells effectively in children. Therefore, the major goal of the study is to learn if nifurtimox in combination with other common chemotherapy drugs is effective in shrinking/killing neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma cells. We will also be collecting information about any side effects that the drug may have.

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Premature Babies


Environment, Epigenetics, Neurodevelopment and Health of Extremely Preterm Children

The purpose of this study is to study environmental risk factors and epigenetic processes as potential contributors to neurodevelopmental impairments in a group of individuals at very high risk by focusing on the relationship of prenatal exposure to placental inflammation markers and neonatal inflammation markers, the relationship of these inflammation markers to functional neuodevelopmental disorders and on the relationship of these markers to brain structural abnormalities.

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Premature Birth


Environment, Epigenetics, Neurodevelopment and Health of Extremely Preterm Children

The purpose of this study is to study environmental risk factors and epigenetic processes as potential contributors to neurodevelopmental impairments in a group of individuals at very high risk by focusing on the relationship of prenatal exposure to placental inflammation markers and neonatal inflammation markers, the relationship of these inflammation markers to functional neuodevelopmental disorders and on the relationship of these markers to brain structural abnormalities.

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Seizures


A Salivary Transcriptomic Approach to Drug Discovery for Neonatal Seizures

Neonatal seizures have developmentally unique and heterogeneous disease mechanisms that differ from epilepsies seen in older populations. Anti-seizure drug discovery has had limited success over the decades to improve treatment of neonatal seizures. A knowledge gap exists in the molecular mechanisms responsible for neonatal seizures, limiting anti-seizure therapeutic targets unique to this population. Our study goal is to identify unique molecular networks and pathways responsible for neonatal seizures by salivary gene expression analyses, so that we may identify novel drug therapies to improve outcomes in this vulnerable population.

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Strabismus


Do Strabismus Measurements Change After Pupil Dilation and Cycloplegia in Children

The aim of our investigation is to determine whether strabismus measurements change significantly after dilation whit cyclopentolate ophthalmic drops in children. The impetus for this study is a recent report published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, which concluded that in adults, strabismus measurements do not significantly change after dilation with tropicamide and phenylephrine. We would like to replicate this study in a pediatric population with cyclopentolate.

In a hospital or clinical learning institution, there may be multiple clinicians who evaluate a pediatric patient. Because so much of strabismus management is predicated upon the results of cover testing, it is common to ask the attending to repeat the measurement, based on the belief that strabismus measurements can change after dilation. If the results of the aforementioned report were applied to the pediatric population, it could dramatically affect the current standard of care. We want to ensure providers are using the most accurate measurements in their treatment of eye turn.

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