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Sickle Cell Anemia clinical trials at UCSF
11 in progress, 7 open to new patients

  • Adjuvant Low-dose Ketamine in Pediatric Sickle Cell Vaso-occlusive Crisis

    open to eligible people ages 8-25

    Acute vaso-occlusive episodes (VOEs) in sickle cell disease (SCD) are primarily managed with opioids. Tolerance and hyperalgesia to opioids develops due to N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-receptor mediated activation of the nociceptive system, and as a receptor antagonist, ketamine mitigates this. Intravenous (IV) ketamine has demonstrated efficacy in reducing post-operative, chronic, and cancer-related pain in pediatrics, as well as in reducing time to pain control in the emergency department (ED) in adults. Limited studies suggest efficacy in adult opioid-refractory SCD patients. This study is investigating the safety and tolerability of adjuvant low-dose IV ketamine bolus for pediatric SCD VOE in the ED, as well as its efficacy in improving pain control and reducing hospitalization.

    Oakland, California

  • Allogeneic SCT of CordIn™, in Patients With Hemoglobinopathies

    open to eligible people ages 2-25

    CordIn™ is a cryopreserved stem/progenitor cell-based product of purified CD133+ cells composed of ex vivo expanded allogeneic UCB cells. The overall study objectives are to evaluate the safety and efficacy of CordIn™.

    Oakland, California and other locations

  • Bone Marrow Transplantation vs Standard of Care in Patients With Severe Sickle Cell Disease (BMT CTN 1503)

    open to eligible people ages 15-40

    This is a clinical trial that will compare survival and sickle related outcomes in adolescents and young adults with severe sickle cell disease after bone marrow transplantation and standard of care. The primary outcome is 2-year overall survival.

    Oakland, California and other locations

  • Efficacy and Safety of Rivipansel (GMI-1070) in the Treatment of Vaso-Occlusive Crisis in Hospitalized Subjects With Sickle Cell Disease

    open to eligible people ages 6 years and up

    This is a clinical study evaluating the efficacy and safety of rivipansel (GMI-1070) in treating subjects with sickle cell disease (SCD) who are 6 years of age or older experiencing a pain crisis necessitating hospitalization.

    Oakland, California and other locations

  • Haploidentical Bone Marrow Transplantation in Sickle Cell Patients (BMT CTN 1507)

    open to eligible people ages 5-45

    This is a Phase II, single arm, multi-center trial, designed to estimate the efficacy and toxicity of haploidentical bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). Based on their age and entry criteria patients are stratified into two groups: (1) children with SCD with strokes; and (2) adults with severe SCD.

    Oakland, California and other locations

  • STRIDE Biorepository

    open to eligible people ages 15-40

    The STRIDE Biorepository is an optional substudy available to participants in "Bone Marrow Transplantation vs Standard of Care in Patients with Severe Sickle Cell Disease (BMT CTN 1503) (STRIDE)".

    Oakland, California and other locations

  • Study to Evaluate the Effect of GBT440 Administered Orally to Patients With Sickle Cell Disease (GBT_HOPE)

    open to eligible people ages 12-65

    A Phase 3, Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Multicenter Study of GBT440 Administered Orally to Patients With Sickle Cell Disease

    Oakland, California and other locations

  • Epidemiology of Silent and Overt Strokes in Sickle Cell Anemia

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    Sickle cell anemia is a rare disease occurring in an estimated 66,000 children and adults, often poor and underserved, in the United States. Strokes and silent strokes contribute significantly to illness burden in adults with sickle cell anemia, resulting in impairment, challenges with school and job performance, and premature death. Five NIH studies have identified therapies to prevent overt and silent strokes in children with sickle cell anemia, including monthly blood transfusion therapy (for preventing initial and recurrent strokes) and hydroxyurea (for preventing initial strokes). However, no stroke trials have established therapeutic approaches for adults with sickle cell anemia, despite the observation that at least 99% of children with sickle cell anemia in high-income countries reach adulthood, and approximately 60% of adults will experience one or more strokes (~50% with silent strokes and ~10% with overt strokes). Strokes in adults with sickle cell anemia have simply not been well studied. Therapies applied in children may not be effective for stroke prevention in adults with sickle cell anemia. Identifying subgroups of adults with sickle cell anemia and higher incidence coupled with the contribution of established stroke risk factors in the general population (smoking, diabetes, obesity, renal disease) will provide the prerequisite data required for the first ever phase III clinical trials focused on secondary stroke prevention in adults. In six adult sickle cell disease centers, the investigators will conduct a prospective cohort study to test the primary hypothesis that the incidence of stroke recurrence in adults with silent strokes treated with hydroxyurea will be greater than in those without strokes treated with hydroxyurea. We will test two secondary hypotheses: 1) adults with sickle cell anemia and silent strokes have cognitive deficits when compared to adults with sickle cell anemia without silent strokes; and 2) adults with sickle cell anemia and strokes receiving regular blood transfusion will have a higher incidence of stroke recurrence than adults with sickle cell anemia without strokes. We will recruit at least 72 individuals with sickle cell anemia and history of silent stroke receiving hydroxyurea therapy, at least 72 individuals with sickle cell anemia and no history of stroke, and at least 50 individuals with sickle cell anemia and history of overt stroke receiving transfusion therapy.

    Oakland, California and other locations

  • Dose-Finding Study of SC411 in Children With Sickle Cell Disease

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    This is a Phase 2, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, dose-finding study of SC411 in children with sickle cell disease (SCD). The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of three different doses of SC411 compared to a placebo. All patients will undergo eight weeks of oral study treatment and a four-week safety follow-up period. Patients will be randomized to one of three dose levels of SC411 or placebo.

    Oakland, California and other locations

  • Long-term Safety and Efficacy of Ferriprox® in Iron Overloaded Patients With Sickle Cell Disease or Other Anemias

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    This is a long-term follow-up to an earlier study, LA38-0411. Its purpose is to gather more information about the safety and efficacy of deferiprone in patients with sickle cell disease or other anemias who suffer from iron overload caused by regular blood transfusions.

    Oakland, California and other locations

  • Study of Fludarabine Drug Exposure in Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    Fludarabine is a chemotherapy drug used extensively in bone marrow transplantation. The goal of this study is to determine what causes some children to have different drug concentrations of fludarabine in their bodies and if drug levels are related to whether or not a child experiences severe side-effects during their bone marrow transplant. The hypothesis is that clinical and genetic factors cause changes in fludarabine drug levels in pediatric bone marrow transplant patients and that high levels may cause severe side-effects.

    San Francisco, California