Enroll in a Clinical Study or Trial
Clinical studies are a type of research involving human volunteers. Clinical trials are a type of clinical study to test whether a treatment works. The National Institutes of Health website ClinicalTrials.gov provides free access to information on clinical studies and trials. We list below key FSHD studies and trials, including some that are not in clinicaltrials.gov. If you see a study that you are interested in, you can contact the study coordinator listed on the page and ask for details about enrolling.
Studies recruiting research subjects
This is a Phase 3 clinical trial sponsored by Fulcrum Therapeutics to evaluate the safety and efficacy of losmapimod in treating patients with Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) over 48 weeks. Watch this video from our FSHD University webinar series describing losmapimod, data from the Phase 2 trial, and an overview of the Phase 3 trial. Visit clinicaltrials.gov and scroll to the bottom for a list of sites that are recruiting volunteers.
This the largest natural study to date of FSHD. It is open to patients of all ages and abilities. The primary goals are to collect motor and functional outcomes specific to FSHD over time. By collecting measures specific to FSHD, this will help ensure the best level of clinical care is being provided. Also, the study is aimed at speeding up drug development by gaining a better understanding of how having FSHD impacts motor function and other health outcomes (i.e. breathing, wheelchair use, etc.) and how big a change in motor function would be clinically meaningful to those with FSHD. The assessments are done during a regular doctor's visit at one of the participating sites, in order to lower barriers to participation and diversify the population of volunteers. More information.
The purpose of the study is to evaluate new ways to diagnose neuromuscular diseases. Neuromuscular diseases (NMDs) can affect the nerves that control the muscles you move voluntarily or the muscles themselves. The techniques used in this research are experimental, and have not been approved by the FDA or any other health authority. This research will evaluate the validity of new neuromuscular disease testing, and could identify new neuromuscular disease genes. You will be asked to provide a saliva sample. We will then collect the DNA from the sample (DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid. It is the genetic code of organisms). The DNA will be sequenced and checked for any changes or mutations. In addition, the DNA will be checked for epigenetic changes.
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This is also a very important research study serving the entire community. All patients are encouraged to join it. There is a need for younger, more mildly affected volunteers.
Established with funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the registry is a database of U.S. patients diagnosed with DM or FSHD who are interested in participating in research about these diseases. Their unaffected family members are also invited to join. The National Registry assists researchers looking for volunteers to participate in their studies by searching the registry database for qualified members. The registry staff sends those members a letter announcing the project. Applications are accepted from members and researchers across the United States. To enroll, people are required to complete a comprehensive questionnaire.
If you would like to participate or have questions, please contact: Leann Lewis, MS Health Project Coordinator at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Fields Center/Neuromuscular Disease Center Phone: 585-275-7680 Email: email@example.com The National Registry of Myotonic Dystrophy and FSHD 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 673 Rochester, NY 14642-8673 USA Toll free: (888) 925-4302 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, EST); Local (Rochester, NY): (585) 276-0004 Fax: (585) 273-1255; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web: http://www.dystrophyregistry.org
This is one of the most important natural history studies ongoing, designed to develop and validate methods to measure changes in strength, function, and disease progression in FSHD patients. Having well-validated methods is critical to the success of therapeutic trials. The more quickly patients volunteer, the more rapidly the field will have the tools it needs.
Brief Summary: The primary cause of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), a common adult-onset dystrophy, was recently discovered and is driving the development of new treatments. As multiple drug companies pursue treatments for FSHD, there is an urgent need to define the clinical trial strategies which will hasten drug development, including creating disease-relevant outcome measures and optimizing inclusion criteria. This proposal will develop two new outcome measures and optimize eligibility criteria by testing 160 patients in 7 sites over a period of 18 months. For more information, visit clinicaltrials.gov.
This study is being run at the FSHD Clinical Trial Research Network sites. To find a site near you that is currently recruiting volunteers, visit clinicaltrials.gov.
Physicians and researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) seek individuals with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) to participate in an FSHD Biomarker Study. This will be conducted by Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr. and Lawrence J. Hayward, M.D., Ph.D. This study focuses on explaining the variability of FSHD, especially within the same families, through examination of both genetics and other biomarkers.
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify and understand genes that may explain why people with FSHD have different amounts of weakness in different muscles (different phenotypes). We also aim to identify biological markers that will enable us to follow and predict disease progression or indicate possible responses to treatment in upcoming FSHD clinical trials.
Participation: Blood, saliva, muscle and/or skin samples from individuals with FSHD, some family members, and population controls are being accepted for this research study. Participants will be asked to complete a brief medical/family history questionnaire. Also, the clinicians will ask for permission to review the medical records of those with FSHD to understand the onset and progression of their disease. The University of Massachusetts Medical School will cover costs of the sample collection for participation, except for travel and housing. We are happy to help to make arrangements for the blood and saliva samples to be collected locally.
Requirements for participation. To become involved, you must:
- Be diagnosed with Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) or be a family member of someone with FSHD
- OR Be a control participant with no family history of FSHD
- Be willing to give a blood sample (approximately 8 teaspoons), or in some cases a saliva sample
- Be willing to consider giving a muscle and/or skin sample
- Be willing to complete questionnaires about your general medical/ family history
UMMS Wellstone Center for FSHD: This study is an integral component of the Senator Paul D. Wellstone Cooperative Research Center for FSHD, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The overriding goal of the Center is to develop innovative therapies for FSHD. Research projects are conducted by an exceptional team of collaborative investigators led by Charles P. Emerson, Ph.D. (UMMS), Louis Kunkel, Ph.D. (Children’s Hospital of Boston), and Kathryn Wagner, M.D., Ph.D. (Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine). The Center also provides outreach to academic and industry partners and to patient advocacy groups such as the FSH Society to share research materials and to connect with individuals affected by FSHD. Further information about the Center: https://www.umassmed.edu/wellstone/
Benefits: Although there are no direct benefits for those involved in this research, we believe that understanding FSHD will lead to more effective screening, diagnosis, treatments, and ultimately a cure for this disease. We greatly look forward to speaking with you to answer any questions you may have and to describe this study in more detail.
For more information, please contact: Diane McKenna-Yasek, RN, BSN Neuromuscular Research Coordinator Phone: (508) 856-4697 email@example.com
or Catherine Douthwright, PhD Neurology Research Coordinator Phone: (508) 856-6491 firstname.lastname@example.org Brown Neuromuscular Laboratory University of Massachusetts Medical School Room S5-710 55 Lake Ave. North Worcester, MA 01655 Fax: (508) 856-4675
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Your participation is essential to advancing research on FSHD Participants are sought for a University of Minnesota study on muscle stem cells in FSHD.
What is involved? Study participants (FSHD and control individuals) will choose to provide any one or all of the following tissue samples:
- a small muscle biopsy taken with a needle from a muscle in the leg
- skin biopsy
- blood and/or urine sample
What are we trying to find out? What causes FSHD is not well understood. Researchers know that DUX4 dysfunction causes symptoms of FSHD, however they do not know how or why only certain muscles are affected. Researchers have developed a way to study this by looking at muscle in affected and unaffected individuals. We are hopeful that by learning more about what causes FSHD we will be able to develop effective treatments for FSHD.
Will I benefit directly? There is no direct clinical benefit to study participants. This study is aimed at understanding why and how muscle is lost in FSHD. This knowledge is essential to developing a therapy.
How can I participate? This study involves a collection of one or all of the above listed tissue samples from you and a control. For every FSHD participant, we need a corresponding control (unaffected) participant. You can help – if you have a sibling, spouse, loved one, friend, or colleague who would be willing to participate and serve as your control, please do let us know.
Thank you for your support! Isolating and studying cells from controls and individuals with FSHD is critical for advancing our understanding and future treatment of this disease.
*Please contact research assistant Natalya Burlakova at 612-626-4690 or email@example.com
Approved for use by UMN IRB Effective on 5/30/2018 IRB Study Number: STUDY00000409
The clinical diagnosis of Facio-Scapulo-Humeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHMD) requires the movement of patients to a medical centre and a lengthy examination involving medical personnel, and may be underestimated in the most moderate cases. Thus, it requires costly and burdensome logistics both for patients living in remote areas and having to undertake long and expensive travel, and for clinical staff. This is an obstacle to large-scale diagnosis. The investigators plan to alleviate these limitations through the use of digital facial analysis technology that would enable large-scale diagnosis of patients through telemedicine.
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This multi-centre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial will compare changes in strength-related motor function following treatment with creatine monohydrate to treatment with placebo, as measured by the Motor Function Measure, from baseline to 12 weeks. Eligible subjects will undergo baseline assessments then will be randomised to either creatine monohydrate therapy or placebo for three months, followed by a six week wash-out period, then crossover to a further three months of therapy with either placebo or creatine. Subjects will undergo clinical assessments and study safety assessments at the beginning and end of each treatment period.
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To analyze the natural history data, clinical spectrum, genetic features, sepigenetic features, and genotype-phenotype correlations for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), and to optimize clinical management.
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