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Participating in Clinical Trials

Have you ever taken medicine for an illness?
Then you have experienced the benefits of clinical research. Clinical trials help to determine if treatments are safe and effective. There is an urgent need for people with multiple sclerosis who are willing to volunteer in clinical trials testing MS therapies. Studies are enrolling diverse populations, and are monitored to ensure that the rights and safety of all participants are protected. Without the help of people with MS, it would be impossible to develop new and better therapies.
Additional Info: Click here to download A Guide for People with MS

Physical Fitness and Physical Activity in Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis
Objective: A study examining physical fitness and physical activity levels in children with MS
Sponsor: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Eligibility: Persons with MS between 9-15 years of age; relapse free for the past 30 days; Willing to visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 1 visit.
Other: Come to the University of Illinois for one 3 hour long testing session.
Contact: Dominique Kinnett-Hopkins (217)244-1191; www.enrl.net
Additional Information: Click here to download recruitment flyer

Impact of a specific type of exercise on people living with MS

Objective: A study to evaluate the impact of a specific type of exercise on Gait, Balance, Flexibility and Spasticity on people living with MS.
Sponsor: The fitMS® NeuroBalance Center
Eligibility: Between the ages of 18 and 67, diagnosis of MS, able to walk 25 feet with or without assistive device & EDSS between 4 and 6 determined by participants Neurologist along with release to participate.
Contact: The fitMS® NeuroBalance Center, NFP - Call 847-800-6162 or email info@fitms.org
Additional Info: Click here to download recruitment flyer
Investigators and Collaborators:
Dr Rob Motl, Dr Nate Thom, Dr LeeAnn Steinfeldt, Joy Wagner RN

Exercise and Arterial Function Study

Objective: To study the effects of exercise on arterial function and mobility in individuals with MS.
Sponsor: University of Illinois at Chicago
Principal Investigators: 
Dr. Fernhall and Dr. Tracy Baynard
Eligibility: Diagnosis of MS and ability to walk with without assistance; age 18-70; physically active less than 2 days a week; relapse free over past 30 days. 
Other: Receive up to $300 for participation.
Contact: Garett Griffith - (312) 996-9594 or gigriff@uic.edu
Additional Info: Click here to download recruitment flyer

Physical Activity and Multiple Sclerosis
Objective: Study of physical activity in people with MS
Sponsor: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Eligibility: Persons with relapsing-remitting MS between 18-64 years old; ambulatory with or without a cane; willing to wear pedometer device over 12 months; complete packet of surveys.
Other: Receive up to $30 compensation
Contact: Dr. Chung-Yi-Chiu 844-800-9972 or mspalog@gmail.com
Additional Info: Click here to download the recruitment flyer

Multiple Risk Factors in MS Study
Objective: To research the multiple risk factors in Multiple Sclerosis.
Sponsor: The Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois
Eligibility: Persons with MS 18-64 yo; relapse free for past 30 days and willing to visit U of I campus for 2 visits.
Other: Learn about your physical fitness level. Gain insight into your dietary sodium and smoking levels.
Contact: Toll free 1-888-796-7966 or online at www.ENRL.net
Additional Info: Click here to download the recruitment flyer.

Neurological Conditions
Objective: Identify issues that are important to the quality of care for rehabilitation patients.
Sponsor: The Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research
Eligibility: Adults 18 and over; must be able to speak and understand English; Have OR care for someone with a neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis.
Other: Come to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago or Alexian Rehabilitation Hospital for a focus group lasting 1.5-2 hours.
Contact: Arielle Goldsmith - (312) 238-0714 or agoldsmith@ric.org
Additional Info: Click here to download recruitment flyer

Managing MS Relapses
Objective:
Managing MS Relapses
Sponsor: School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen's University, Canada
Eligibility: Persons with MS 18 years old or over; physician confirmed relapse in past 6 months; live in Chicago area or Kingston area of Ontario and able to complete survey in English.
Other: One telephone survey of 30 to 60 minutes in length.
Contact: Toll Free 1-855-533-3407 or Dr. Miho Asano at 613-533-3407
Additional Info: Click here to download recruitment flyer 

FlexToBa Exercise Program 
Objective: FlexToBa Home-based Exercise program for people with MS
Sponsor: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Eligbility: Persons with MS 50 years or over; able to walk unassisted or with a cane; not currently engaged in regular exercise; Requires two testing sessions and one orientation session in Urbana-Champaign
Other: A study on the effectiveness of free DVD-delivered, home-based six month exercise intervention
Contact: 888-359-0022;  http://epl.illinois.edu/ftbms/
Additional Info:  Click here to download recruitment flyer 

Mothers with MS
Objective: Mothers with multiple sclerosis - A study on the experiences of parenting for women with MS. 
Sponsor: Midwestern University
Eligibility: Women with MS, have at least one child between the ages of 8-18 and speak English. 
Other: Requires in home interview and observation
Contact: Dr. Emily K Simpson
(630) 515-7127 or esimps@midwestern.edu
Additional Info: Click here to download recruitment flyer

Children and Teens with MS
Objective: To better understand MS in children and teens. 
Sponsor: Lurie Children's Hospital
Eligibility: 19 yo or younger with NO diagnosis of MS; no first degree relatives with MS; no autoimmune disease or chronic neurological condition; and see doctors at Children's Hospital. 
Other: $30 gift card upon completion of study. 
Contact: Lauren Webb - (312) 227-3550
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Rubin
Additional Info: Click here to download recruitment flyer

Teleconference Study
Objective: To study the efficacy of over-the-phone teleconference program to promote physical activity and reduce fatigue in people with MS
Sponsor: Cleveland Clinic
Eligibility: Diagnosis of MS; age 18-65; not regularly physically active; able to walk 25 ft with or without a cane; no severe cardiopulmonary conditions. 
Other: Will receive a telephone and headset for the study. Funded by the National MS Society. 
Contact: Dr. Matthew Plow -  (216) 445-1203
Additional Info: Click here to download recruitment flyer

Home Based Fall Prevention Program
Objective: To examine the effectiveness of a home-based exercise program, an educational program and their combination on minimizing falls and fall risk.
Sponsor: University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
Eligibility: Diagnosis of MS; 50+ years of age; and have fallen within the last year.
Other: Free Program
Contact: Jacob Sosnoff - StopFallsMS@illinois.edu

Postural Control Investigation
Objective: Investigation of postural control in individuals with MS in order to understand the loss of control and help develop rehabilitation strategies. 
Sponsor: University of Illinois at Chicago, Physical Therapy Department
Eligibility: Diagnosis of MS; able to stand without support and who are able to walk for 10 ft. with or without support; between age 18-75.
Other: In return for participation, payment of $20 per hours up to a total of $60 and validation of parking.
Contact: Dr. Alexander Aruin  - (312) 355-0902
Additional Info: Click here to download recruitment flyer

Effects of Exercise Study
Objective: To study the effects of exercise on mobility and physical fitness in individuals with MS. 
Sponsor: University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
Eligibility: Diagnosis of MS and some difficulty walking; Age 18-64; Physically active <2 days/week; Relapse free over past 30 days.
Other: Up to $300 compensation
Contact: Tracy Baynard (312) 413-1962 or Mandy Bunsawat (312) 996-9607  or email ipl_uic@yahoo.com
Additional Info: Click here to download recruitment flyer

 

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