Here are seven noteworthy diabetes clinical trials recruiting now that you might want to look into and see if you (or anyone you know) might be eligible to volunteer.
Click on the titles of each trial to get more info straight from the ClinicalTrials.gov website.
(Remember… some clinical trials may have you take a placebo in lieu of the investigational drug. Some clinical trials may require extra visits, invasive testing, and travel. You need to think about what the benefits and risks are for trial participation. That being said… nothing ventured, nothing gained.)
The purpose of this study is to see if repeat bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccinations can confer a beneficial immune and metabolic effect on Type 1 diabetes. Published Phase I data on repeat BCG vaccinations in long term diabetics showed specific death of some of the disease causing bad white blood cells and also showed a short and small pancreas effect of restored insulin secretion. In this Phase II study, the investigators will attempt to vaccinate more frequently to see if these desirable effects can be more sustained.
Eligible volunteers will either be vaccinated with BCG in a repeat fashion over a period of four years or receive a placebo treatment. The investigators hypothesize that each BCG vaccination will eliminate more and more of the disease causing white blood cells that could offer relief to the pancreas for increased survival and restoration of insulin secretion from the pancreas.
If you’re interested and meet the criteria (and the location, as the trial is being conducted in Boston and requires weekly injections for the first year… don’t know if you can do this at home…), you should send an email to: email@example.com
This is Dr. Denise Faustman’s lab and website. Check out the details and what she’s doing.
Evaluate if addition and use of real time continuous glucose monitoring (RT-CGM) improves glycemic outcome of patients using multiple daily injections (MDI) and self monitoring blood glucose (SMBG) testing, who are not at target glycemic control.
If you are on multiple daily injections, this might be a great opportunity to participate in a really interesting study if you are willing to wear a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and possibly a pump. Check out the inclusion/exclusion criteria and locations, then send an email or call to either:
|Eileen Casal, RN, MSNfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|David Price, MDemail@example.com|
A Trial Comparing Continuous Glucose Monitoring With and Without Routine Blood Glucose Monitoring in Adults With Type 1 Diabetes (REPLACE-BG)
The primary objective of the study is to determine whether the routine use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) without Blood Glucose Monitoring (BGM) confirmation is as safe and effective as CGM used as an adjunct to BGM.
This study will determine if we can actually make treatment decisions based on our CGM alone when we feel it is accurate, not verifying it with a finger-stick blood glucose check.
This. Is. Huge.
Why? Because one of the reasons why Medicare, Medicaid, and some insurance companies refuse to pay for a continuous glucose monitor, claiming it’s just an adjunct to a blood glucose meter and we still have to check to make treatment decisions. (And we know better, don’t we?) This trial has a lot of inclusion and exclusion criteria, but seriously… if you can do this, you will help the entire T1 diabetes community get access to this device.
Contact either person for more info:
|Katrina Ruedy, MSPHfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nhung “Leena” Nguyen, MPH, CCRPemail@example.com|
This is to trial the Abbot Libre system, which is a sensor with “flash monitoring” for individuals with Type 2 diabetes. How cool is that? They currently need participants in the following locations: San Diego, Detroit, Kansas City, MO and Pearland, TX. If you meet the criteria, shoot Dr. Karinka an email for more info and get enrolled.
|Shridhara Alva Karinka, Ph.D.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
If you are a newly diagnosed (within the last two years) adult (over 18), you can participate in a Phase 1 clinical trial for a biological drug, examining safety issues. Again, look at the criteria and locations, then if you are interested, call:
|Pfizer CT.gov Call Center||1-800-718-1021|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02038764
In-Clinic Evaluation of the Predictive Low Glucose Management (PLGM) System in Adult and Pediatric Insulin Requiring Patients With Diabetes Using the Enlite 3 Sensor
This is a Medtronic study for their next step in the artificial pancreas technology pathway. (And hello… “Enlite 3 sensor!”)
All subjects will undergo hypoglycemic induction at Visit 2 with target set to 65 mg/dL using the rate of change basal increase algorithm. Low Limit setting when PLGM ON is 65 mg/dL.
The more patients willing to participate in artificial pancreas technology trials, the faster this technology will become available! Take a look at the locations and criteria and if you’re able to do this trial, contact:
|Julie Sekella||(818) email@example.com|
Along those same lines…
This is a BIG. DEAL. for people with diabetes in the United States. If on this trial, you get to wear the MMT-670G insulin pump, using it with the closed loop algorithm.
Closed Loop. Closed Loop. Need we say more?
Contact: Thomas P Troub(818) 576-3142 firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
There are so many studies out there that need our help. We help ourselves AND all people with diabetes. Do what you can. If you can’t participate, share this post with someone who might be able to volunteer.