Building on clinical trial and laboratory research insights from the past decade, the ITN has focused and deliberate strategies to achieving tolerance in each disease area. The research supported by the ITN has unlocked new therapeutic approaches and discovered new biomarkers that promise to change the way physicians treat patients. Explore ITN clinical trials below by using a search term or by sorting the specific trial categories. If you have questions or want more information about ITN clinical trials, contact us.
Scott Zamvil, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Patients who have been diagnosed with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) often develop problems related to the central nervous system, which controls the nerves in the body. Some of these patients may later be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a progressive disease of the nervous system. The purpose of this study is to determine if the drug atorvastatin is helpful to CIS patients.
Samia Khoury, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder. In this disease, the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that cover and protect nerves. This study will test the safety of a new drug called RG2077 that is designed to treat MS. The study will not determine whether RG2077 is effective in treating MS, only whether it is safe to use in patients with MS.
Stephen Gitelman, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Thymoglobulin is an antibody preparation that is commonly used to treat and prevent organ transplant rejection. The START trial aims to determine whether Thymoglobulin treatment can halt the progression of newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes when given within 3 months of diagnosis. This study is for people aged 12-35 years old.
Tihamer Orban, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA
In addition to regulating blood sugar, insulin may have the ability to protect cells in the pancreas from attack by the immune system. This study will evaluate whether an insulin-based vaccine can protect cells from autoimmune destruction.
Kevan Herold, Yale University, New Haven, CT
hOKT3gamma1 (Ala-Ala) is a man-made antibody that is commonly used to prevent organ rejection. The purpose of this study is to determine whether hOKT3gamma1 (Ala-Ala) can halt the progression of type 1 diabetes in patients diagnosed within the past 60 days.
Sandy Feng, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Antirejection medicines, also known as immunosuppressive drugs, are prescribed to organ transplant recipients to prevent their bodies from rejecting the new organ. Long-term use of these drugs places transplant recipients at higher risk of serious infections and certain types of cancer. The purpose of this study is to determine whether immunosuppressive drugs can be safely withdrawn over a minimum of 9 months from children who received liver transplants at least 4 years ago.
Abraham Shaked, University of Pennsylvania, Philidelphia, PA
In order to prevent organ rejection, patients receiving liver transplants currently require life-long treatment with immune system-suppressing medications. However, these medications can cause long-term side effects, such as infection, kidney problems, diabetes and cancer. This study is investigating whether liver transplant recipients can slowly be taken off these drugs under medical supervision.
J. Richard Thistlethwaite, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
This study will determine whether treatment with alemtuzumab and tacrolimus is effective in preventing organ rejection and maintaining the recipient's health after liver transplantation in patients with end-stage liver disease, and whether gradual tapering of tacrolimus treatment is safe for these patients.
George W. Burke, University of Miami, Miami, FL
Alemtuzumab is a man-made antibody used to treat certain blood disorders. This study will evaluate treatment of kidney transplant recipients with alemtuzumab and other immune system suppressing medications with or without infusions of bone marrow stem cells from the kidney donor. The purpose of this study is to find out which strategy is more effective in preventing organ rejection and maintaining patient health.
Flavio Vincenti, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Christian Larsen, MD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Belatacept is an experimental medication shown in clinical trials to have immune system suppression properties in people who have had kidney transplants. This study will determine whether a combination of anti-rejection drugs, including belatacept, can prevent the rejection of a first-time, non-HLA identical kidney transplant and allow patients to be safely withdrawn from anti-rejection therapy one year post-transplant.
Stuart Knechtle, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
The purpose of this study is to test the safety and effectiveness of using alemtuzumab in combination with two other drugs, sirolimus and tacrolimus, to prevent organ rejection after kidney transplantation. This study will also test whether this combination of medications will allow patients to eventually stop taking antirejection medications entirely.
Megan Sykes, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
The purpose of this study is to determine whether a combined bone marrow and kidney transplant will be effective in treating stage II or greater multiple myeloma and associated kidney failure. This study will determine whether transplant rejection and the need for immunosuppressive drugs are decreased with this combined transplant approach.
David H. Sachs, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
A. Benedict Cosimi, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
This study examines the safety and effectiveness of a combination kidney and bone marrow transplant from a relative with the same (or nearly the same) blood cell type as the transplant recipient. An investigational medication will be given prior to and after the transplant to help protect the transplanted kidney from attack by the body's immune system.
James Shapiro, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
This was a multicenter clinical trial of the Edmonton protocol for islet transplantation.
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Gideon Lack, Evelina Children's Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Infants who suffer from eczema or egg allergy have a 1 in 5 chance of developing peanut allergy by age 5. This study is evaluating whether consuming or avoiding peanut early in life can reduce the risk of peanut allergy in these high risk children.
Patrick Holt, University of Western Australia, Perth, AUS
Peter Sly, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, AUS
The purpose of this study is to determine whether early childhood exposure to common allergens (substances that can trigger allergies and asthma) can prevent the development of asthma in children at high risk for developing the disease.
Peter Creticos, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
This study will evaluate the effectiveness of a six-week course of a DNA-based vaccine for seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hayfever.
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Thomas B. Casale, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE
A series of allergy shots may reduce symptoms of seasonal ragweed allergies. This study will determine whether taking a drug called omalizumab (also known as Xolair) before getting the allergy shots is more effective than allergy shots alone or other treatments, such as prescription antihistamines.