National Registry of Veterans With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and DNA Bank (ALS Registry)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00076154|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 16, 2004
Last Update Posted : April 21, 2014
|Condition or disease|
Primary Objective: To identify as completely as possible all veterans with ALS and to collect data which will be available for approved studies examining the cause(s) of ALS.
Secondary Objective: To provide a mechanism for the VA to inform veterans with ALS about clinical trials and other studies for which they may be eligible.
Primary Outcomes: Identification of all living veterans with ALS.
Study Abstract: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult-onset, rapidly fatal neuromuscular disease of unknown etiology. ALS is a disease of high priority to the VA, particularly due to ongoing concerns about the health of veterans who served in the Gulf War. Efforts are needed to systematically identify and track veterans with ALS. Accordingly, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is developing a national registry of veterans diagnosed with ALS.
Research Design: The registry will not be designed to test specific hypotheses but will focus on comprehensive identification of veterans with ALS who may be eligible for other studies.
Methodology: Eligible participants will include all living veterans with a physician diagnosis of ALS. Veterans with possible ALS will be identified through VA medical records, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and self-referral. Neurologists with expertise in ALS will review veterans' medical records to verify the diagnosis and determine eligibility. Upon enrollment, veterans will be asked to complete a brief telephone interview. Registry participants will also be contacted by telephone biannually to assess health and functional status. The VA may notify registry participants about clinical trials for which they may be eligible. A Scientific Review Committee will evaluate all studies that request use of registry data and/or access to Registry participants.
Impacts: The registry will provide the VA with a valuable mechanism for involving veterans in clinical trials and other studies that may yield improved outcomes for ALS. In addition, data gathered as a part of the registry has the potential to benefit not only veterans, but also the larger community of individuals with ALS.
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Actual Enrollment :||2121 participants|
|Official Title:||CSP #500A - National Registry of Veterans With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis|
|Study Start Date :||January 2003|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||September 2007|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||September 2009|
- Help studies using dates and DNA collected to determine possible genetic factor. [ Time Frame: Ongoing ]
Biospecimen Retention: Samples With DNA
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00076154
|United States, North Carolina|
|Durham VA Medical Center|
|Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27705|
|Study Chair:||Eugene Z. Oddone, MD MHSc||VA Office of Research and Development|