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Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis clinical trials at UCSF

6 in progress, 3 open to eligible people

Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. UCSF is conducting clinical trials to find new ways to treat RRMS. One of the trials tests traditional versus early aggressive therapy, another tests a drug called bazedoxifene as a remyelinating agent, and a third tests the safety and effectiveness of a drug called ocrelizumab in children and adolescents. Joining these trials could help improve RRMS treatment for future patients.

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  • A Study of Ocrelizumab in Children and Adolescents With Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

    open to eligible people ages 10-18

    This 2-year study will evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamic (PD) effects of ocrelizumab in children and adolescents ages ≥ 10 to ≤ 18 years with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). The data from this study will serve to determine the dosing regimen of ocrelizumab to be further investigated in the subsequent Phase III study in children and adolescents.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • Bazedoxifene Acetate as a Remyelinating Agent in Multiple Sclerosis

    open to eligible females ages 40-65

    The primary goal of this study is to assess the efficacy of bazedoxifene (BZA) as remyelinating agent in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). The investigators will utilize electrophysiologic techniques and magnetic resonance imaging to quantify the effect of treatment in 50 women over the course of 6 months. Participants may remain on their standard disease modifying treatment during the course of the trial but may not concurrently participate in any other investigational new drug research study.

    San Francisco, California

  • Traditional Versus Early Aggressive Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis Trial

    open to eligible people ages 18-60

    FDA-approved multiple sclerosis (MS) disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) target the relapsing phase of MS but have minimal impact once the progressive phase has begun. It is unclear if, in the relapsing phase, there is an advantage of early aggressive therapy with respect to preventing long-term disability. The infectious risks and other complications associated with higher-efficacy treatments highlight the need to quantify their effectiveness in preventing disability. The TRaditional versus Early Aggressive Therapy for MS (TREAT-MS) trial is a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial that has two primary aims: 1) to evaluate, jointly and independently among patients deemed at higher risk vs. lower risk for disability accumulation, whether an "early aggressive" therapy approach, versus starting with a traditional, first-line therapy, influences the intermediate-term risk of disability, and 2) to evaluate if, among patients deemed at lower risk for disability who start on first-line MS therapies but experience breakthrough disease, those who switch to a higher-efficacy versus a new first-line therapy have different intermediate-term risk of disability.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • A Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Ocrelizumab in Patients With Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    This is a phase II, multicenter, randomized, parallel-group, partially blinded, placebo and Avonex (interferon beta-1a) controlled dose finding study to evaluate the efficacy as measured by brain MRI lesions, and safety of 2 dose regimens of ocrelizumab in participants with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS).

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • Assessing Changes in Multi-parametric MRI in MS Patients Taking Clemastine Fumarate as a Myelin Repair Therapy

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    The clinical trial is intended to assess for clinical evidence of Clemastine Fumarate as a myelin repair therapy in patients with chronic inflammatory injury-causing demyelination as measured by multi-parametric MRI assessments. No reparative therapies exist for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Clemastine fumarate was identified along with a series of other antimuscarinic medications as a potential remyelinating agent using the micropillar screen (BIMA) developed at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Following in vivo validation, an FDA IND exemption was granted to investigate clemastine for the treatment of multiple sclerosis in the context of chronic optic neuropathy. That pilot study was recently completed and is the first randomized control trial documenting efficacy for a putative remyelinating agent for the treatment of MS. The preselected primary efficacy endpoint (visual evoked potential) was met and a strong trend to benefit was seen for the principal secondary endpoint assessing function (low contrast visual acuity). That trial number was 13-11577. This study seeks to follow up on that study and examine clemastine fumarate's protective and reparative effects in the context of chronic demyelinating brain lesions as imaged by multi-parametric MRI assessments. The investigators will be assessing the effects of clemastine fumarate as a remyelinating therapy and assessing its effect on MRI metrics of chronic lesions found in patients with a confirmed diagnosis of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. In addition to using conventional multi-parametric MRI assessments, this study will also evaluate a new MRI technique called Ultrashort Echo Time (UTE) MRI to assess the effects of clemastine fumarate as a remyelinating therapy of chronic lesions found in patients with a confirmed diagnosis of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and compare it to the other assessments.

    San Francisco, California

  • Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) of FMP30 in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    In this Phase 1b open-label prospective clinical trial, patients with relapsing-remitting MS will undergo FMT of FMP30 (donor stool) via colonoscopy and immunological efficacy endpoints will be assessed at various time points. The active phase of the study will continue for 12 weeks post-FMT with safety and biomarker (engraftment) follow-up for 48 weeks. A parallel observational control arm of MS patients who otherwise satisfy study inclusion criteria based on their MS phenotype, demographics, disease duration and prior use of allowable MS therapies, will be recruited as a comparison observational group to measure stability of stool and serum immunological measures. The study duration for the Observational Control Arm is 12 weeks.

    San Francisco, California

Our lead scientists for Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis research studies include .

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