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Scientists at the medical school are conducting hundreds of clinical trials daily. Learn more about our work via the Feinberg Office of Research Clinical Trials page, and find specific trials by searching for a disease or condition below.

For pediatric clinical trials, visit the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago website.

For more information on neuro-oncology clinical trials, visit the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University website.

Chris Amidei, Director of Clinical Research 312-695-9124Please contact Chris Amidei, Director of Clinical Research at 312-695-9124 or christina.amidei@nm.org for more information on trials.

Trials
RELIEF: A Global Registry to Evaluate Long-Term Effectiveness of Neurostimulation Therapy for Pain (A7007)
The purpose of this study is to compile characteristics of real-world clinical outcomes for Boston Scientific commercially approved neurostimulation systems for pain in routine clinical practic…
The purpose of this study is to compile characteristics of real-world clinical outcomes for Boston Scientific commercially approved neurostimulation systems for pain in routine clinical practice, when used according to the applicable Directions for Use and to evaluate the economic value and technical performance of Boston Scientific commercially approved neurostimulation systems for pain in routine clinical practice.
Key Inclusion Criteria:
-Study candidate is scheduled to be trialed, on-label, with a commercially approved Boston Scientific neurostimulation system for pain, per local directions for use
-Signed a valid, IRB/EC-approved informed consent form
-18 years of age or older

Key Exclusion Criteria:
-Contraindicated for Boston Scientific neurostimulation system
-Currently diagnosed with cognitive impairment, or exhibits any characteristic, that would limit study candidate's ability to assess pain relief or to complete study assessments
Rosenow, Joshua MRosenow, Joshua M
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NCT01719055 STU00083506
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DRUG ATI001-102: A Phase I Study of Ad-RTS-hIL-12, an Inducible Adenoviral Vector Engineered to Express hIL-12 in the Presence of the Activator Ligand Veledimex in Subjects with Recurrent or Progressive Glioblastoma or Grade III Malignant Glioma
This research study involves two investigational drugs…
This research study involves two investigational drugs, veledimex, an activator ligand (INXN-1001) in combination with an Adenovirus Vector Engineered to Express hIL-12 (INXN-2001). IL-12 is a protein that may improve the body's natural response to disease by enhancing the ability of the immune system to kill tumor cells and may interfere with blood flow to the tumor. The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of a single tumor injection of INXN-2001 given in combination with oral veledimex.
Inclusion Criteria: 1. Male or female subjects ≥ 18 and ≤ 75 years of age. 2. Histologically confirmed supratentorial glioblastoma or other WHO grade III or IV malignant glioma from archival tissue. 3. Evidence of tumor recurrence/progression by MRI (RANO criteria) post standard initial therapy. 4. Previous standard of care anti-tumor treatment including surgery and/or biopsy and chemoradiation. 5. Able to undergo standard MRI scans with contrast agent. 6. Karnofsky Performance Status ≥ 70. 7. Adequate bone marrow reserves and liver and kidney function. 8.Male and female subjects must agree to use a highly reliable method of birth control. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Radiotherapy within 4 weeks or less prior to starting first veledimex dose. 2. Subjects with clinically significant increased intracranial pressure or uncontrolled seizures. 3. Known immunosuppressive disease, autoimmune conditions, and /or chronic viral infections. 4. Use of systemic antibacterials, antifungals or antivirals for the treatment of acute clinically significant infection. 5. Use of enzyme-inducing anti-epileptic drugs (EIAED) within 7 days prior to the first dose of study drug. 6. Other concurrent clinically active malignant disease requiring treatment. 7. Nursing or pregnant females. 8. Prior exposure to veledimex. 9. Presence of any contra-indication for a neurosurgical procedure.
Lesniak, MaciejLesniak, Maciej
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NCT02026271 STU00094296
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Precision Retrospective Outcomes (PRO)
This study will evaluate deidentified (anonymous) data in subject medical charts to review the clinical outcomes of spinal cord stimulation.
Inclusion Criteria:
-Previously treated with or eligible for implantation with a spinal cord stimulation system
-18 years of age or older at the start of Baseline
Rosenow, Joshua MRosenow, Joshua M
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NCT01550575 STU00094644
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Radiographic Markers of Clinical Function in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy (CSM)
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), also called “spinal stenosis,” is a common cause of injury to the cervical spinal cord (the neck). CSM can cause pain in the neck and arms, as well as weakness and loss of coo…
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), also called “spinal stenosis,” is a common cause of injury to the cervical spinal cord (the neck). CSM can cause pain in the neck and arms, as well as weakness and loss of coordination in the neck, arms, hands, legs, and feet. Although CSM is common, there is still a question of how findings on imaging such as x-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) relate to a person’s symptoms. The purpose of this study is to see how the images and symptoms of people with CSM compare to images of healthy people without CSM. We are looking for healthy volunteers to help us gain valuable insight into how medical imaging can help us diagnose CSM.
Participants must be 21 years of age or older, preferably 40 years of age or older. Participants may not have any previous spine surgeries or chronic neck pain.
Smith, ZacharySmith, Zachary
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STU00099367
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rTMS: A Treatment to Restore Function after Severe TBI
The purpose of this study is to address the need for targeted treatments that induce functional and structural changes in the brain, ultimately improving neurobehavioral functioning, the investigators propose examining the therapeutic effectiven…
The purpose of this study is to address the need for targeted treatments that induce functional and structural changes in the brain, ultimately improving neurobehavioral functioning, the investigators propose examining the therapeutic effectiveness of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS). The objective is to improve functional recovery for persons remaining in vegetative (VS) and minimally conscious (MCS) states 3 to 12 months after severe TBI. The approach is to determine the neurobehavioral effect of rTMS, the relationship between neurobehavioral changes and net neural effects, and to identify and define the neural mechanisms related to neurobehavioral improvements by providing 30 active or placebo rTMS sessions.
Inclusion Criteria:
-Veteran of any combat era
-Both Genders
-20-65 years
-History of Post Traumatic Amnesia < 1 day for mild TBI; 1 day> x < 7days for moderate TBI))
-Ability to obtain a Motor Threshold (MT) will be determined during the screening process.
-If on a psychotropic medication regimen, that regimen will be stable for at least 4 weeks prior to entry to the study and patient will be willing to remain on a stable regimen during the acute treatment phase.
-Has an adequately stable condition and environment to enable attendance at scheduled clinic visits.
-For female participants, agrees to use one of the following acceptable methods of birth control: abstinence, oral contraceptive; Norplant
-Able to read, verbalize understanding, and voluntarily sign the Informed Consent Form prior to participating in any study-specific procedures or assessments.

Exclusion Criteria:
-Pregnant or lactating female.
-Unable to be safely withdraw, at least two-weeks prior to treatment commencement, from medications that substantially increase the risk of having seizures
-Have a cardiac pacemaker or a cochlear implant
-Have an implanted device (deep brain stimulation) or metal in the brain (see standard MRI exclusion criteria including metal screening section in telephone screen, Appendix A).
-Have a mass lesion, cerebral infarct or other active central nervous system (CNS) disease, including a seizure disorder.
-Known current psychosis as determined by DSM-IV coding in chart (Axis I, psychotic disorder, schizophrenia) or a history of a non-mood psychotic disorder.
-Diagnosis of Bipolar Affective Disorder (as determined by chart review and intake interview)
-Current amnesic disorders, dementia, mini mental state examination (MMSE) 24 or delirium.
-Current substance abuse (not including caffeine or nicotine) as determined by positive toxicology screen, or by history via AUDIT, within 3 months prior to screening
-Prior history of seizures
-Severe TBI or open head injury
-TBI within last two months or in acute stage
-Participation in another concurrent clinical trial
-Patients with prior exposure to rTMS/ECT
-Active current suicidal intent or plan. Patient at risk for suicide will be required to establish a written safety plan involving their primary psychiatrist and the treatment team before entering the clinical trial
Pape, Theresa L Bender LPape, Theresa L Bender L
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NCT02366754 STU00103966
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Alliance A071401: Phase II Trial Of SMO/AKT/NF2 Inhibitors in Progressive Meningiomas with SMO/AKT/NF2 Mutations
This phase II trial studies how well vismodegib and focal adhesion kinase (FAK) inhibitor GSK2256098 work in treating patients with meningiomas that may have gotten bi…
This phase II trial studies how well vismodegib and focal adhesion kinase (FAK) inhibitor GSK2256098 work in treating patients with meningiomas that may have gotten bigger or grew back after treatment. Vismodegib and FAK inhibitor GSK2256098 may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.
Participants must be 18 years or older and have a meningioma which has gotten bigger or grew back after treatment.
Kumthekar, PriyaKumthekar, Priya
NCT02523014 STU00202953
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A Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Pilot Study of the SPRINT Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) System for the Treatment of Post-Amputation Pain
The purpose of this study is to determine if electrical stimulation (small levels of electricity) can safely and effectively redu…
The purpose of this study is to determine if electrical stimulation (small levels of electricity) can safely and effectively reduce post-amputation pain. This study involves a device called the SPRINT System. The SPRINT System delivers mild electrical stimulation to nerves in the residual limb. The SPRINT System includes a small wire (called a "lead") that is placed through the skin in the upper leg. It also includes a device worn on the body that delivers stimulation (called the SPRINT Stimulator).
Key Inclusion Criteria:
-At least 18 years old
-Traumatic lower extremity amputation(s)
-Healed amputation and healthy residual limb based upon the investigator's evaluation

Key Exclusion Criteria:
-Change of prescribed medications affecting pain within the past 4 weeks
-Compromised immune system based on medical history
-Implanted electronic device
-Bleeding disorder
-History of valvular heart disease
-Confounding central nervous system injuries and disorders
-History of recurrent skin infections
Rosenow, Joshua MRosenow, Joshua M
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NCT01996254 STU00202359
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NU 16C01: A Phase 0 first-in-human study using NU-0129: a spherical nucleic acid (SNA) gold nanoparticle targeting BCL2L12 in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme or gliosarcoma patients
Purpose The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the safety of NU-0129 SNA gold nanoparticle infusion in …
Purpose The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the safety of NU-0129 SNA gold nanoparticle infusion in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme or gliosarcoma Overview This is a first-in-human trial to determine the safety of NU-0129. The study drug is composed of a small gold nanoparticle that has spherical nucleic acid attached to it. This small particle allows NU-0129 to cross the blood brain barrier (a filtering mechanism that carry blood to the brain). Once within the tumor, the nucleic acid component is able to target a gene called Bcl2L12 that is present in glioblastoma multiforme, and is associated with tumor growth. This gene prevents tumor cells from apoptosis, which is the process of programmed cell death, thus promoting tumor growth. Researchers think that targeting the Bcl2L12 gene with NU-0129 will help stop cancer cells from growing. Description of Treatment All study participants will receive the same study drug, NU-0129, given through vein one time over 20 minutes as an inpatient. Within two days of getting this drug, participants will have a tumor resection surgery, recommended by their doctor. The study team will continue to watch for any side effects for at least 4 weeks with clinic visits and lab tests done each week. The study team will also continue to check how the subjects are doing with a clinic visit at least every 3 months for up to 2 years or until their disease comes back.
Some of the eligibility criteria include:

- Patients should have a diagnosis of recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) or gliosarcoma (GS) after failing prior therapy.
- Eligible patients must be surgical candidates where surgery is felt to be an appropriate treatment option.
- Patients must be 18 or older.

Note: This is only a partial list of eligibility criteria. Please contact the Lurie Cancer Center for complete screening information if you are interested in this clinical trial.
Kumthekar, PriyaKumthekar, Priya
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NCT03020017 STU00203790
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A PHASE I STUDY OF NEURAL STEM CELL BASED VIROTHERAPY IN COMBINATION WITH STANDARD RADIATION AND CHEMOTHERAPY FOR MALIGNANT GLIOMA
Malignant gliomas have a very poor prognosis with median survival measured in months rather than years. It is a disease in great need of novel therapeutic approaches. Bas…
Malignant gliomas have a very poor prognosis with median survival measured in months rather than years. It is a disease in great need of novel therapeutic approaches. Based on the encouraging results of our preclinical studies which demonstrate improved efficacy without added toxicity, the paradigm of delivering a novel oncolytic adenovirus via a neural stem cell line in combination with radiation and chemotherapy is well-suited for evaluation in newly diganosed malignant gliomas. The standard-of-care allows application of virotherapy as neoadjuvant therapy and assessment of the cooperative effects with radiation/chemotherapy without altering the standard treatment.
Inclusion Criteria:
•Patients must have presumed malignant glioma based on clinical and radiologic evaluation (pathologic confirmation of malignant glioma must be made at the time of stereotactic biopsy or resection prior to NSC-CRAd-S-pk7 injection; if this is not possible, the injection will not be performed and the subject will no longer be eligible for the study).
•Tumor must be accessible for injection and must not be located in the brainstem, or contained within the ventricular system.
•Planning to undergo standard radiation/chemotherapy
•18 years of age or older.
•Performance status must be KPS ≥ 70
•SGOT (AST) < 3x upper limit of normal
•Serum creatinine < 2mg/dl
•Platelets > 100,000/mm3 and WBC > 3000/mm3

Exclusion Criteria:
•Prior or ongoing liver disease including known cirrhosis, hepatitis B or C infection but not to exclude patients with a distant history of resolved hepatitis A infection.
•Immunosuppressive drugs (with exception of corticosteroid).
•Known HIV+ patients.
•Acute infections (viral, bacterial or fungal infections requiring therapy).
•Pregnant or breast-feeding patients.
•Evidence of metastatic disease or other malignancy (except squamous or basal cell skin cancers).
•Prior radiation therapy to the brain or prior treatment for brain tumor Other serious co-morbid illness or compromised organ function
Lesniak, MaciejLesniak, Maciej
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    Chicago, IL
NCT03072134 STU00203933
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Protocol ATI001-102 Expansion Substudy: Evaluation of Ad-RTS-hIL-12 + Veledimex in Subjects with Recurrent or Progressive Glioblastoma
This research study involves two investigational drugs, veledimex, an activator ligand (INXN-1001) in combination with an Adenovirus Vector Engineered to Express hIL-…
This research study involves two investigational drugs, veledimex, an activator ligand (INXN-1001) in combination with an Adenovirus Vector Engineered to Express hIL-12 (INXN-2001). IL-12 is a protein that may improve the body's natural response to disease by enhancing the ability of the immune system to kill tumor cells and may interfere with blood flow to the tumor. The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of a single tumor injection of INXN-2001 given in combination with oral veledimex.
Inclusion Criteria: 1. Male or female subjects ≥ 18 and ≤ 75 years of age. 2. Histologically confirmed supratentorial glioblastoma from archival tissue. 3. Evidence of tumor recurrence/progression by MRI (RANO criteria) post standard initial therapy. 4. Previous standard of care anti-tumor treatment including surgery and/or biopsy and chemoradiation. 5. Able to undergo standard MRI scans with contrast agent. 6. Karnofsky Performance Status ≥ 70. 7. Adequate bone marrow reserves and liver and kidney function. 8.Male and female subjects must agree to use a highly reliable method of birth control. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Radiotherapy within 4 weeks or less prior to starting first veledimex dose. 2. Subjects with clinically significant increased intracranial pressure or uncontrolled seizures. 3. Known immunosuppressive disease, autoimmune conditions, and /or chronic viral infections. 4. Use of systemic antibacterials, antifungals or antivirals for the treatment of acute clinically significant infection. 5. Use of enzyme-inducing anti-epileptic drugs (EIAED) within 7 days prior to the first dose of study drug. 6. Other concurrent clinically active malignant disease requiring treatment. 7. Nursing or pregnant females. 8. Prior exposure to veledimex. 9. Presence of any contra-indication for a neurosurgical procedure.
Lesniak, MaciejLesniak, Maciej
  • Map it 201 E. Huron St.
    Chicago, IL
NCT02026271 STU00207771
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