Evaluation of Sloan-Charts for Assessment of Disease Progress in Multiple Sclerosis

This study has been completed.
Novartis Germany GmbH
Information provided by:
Charite University, Berlin, Germany
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: January 7, 2011
Last updated: May 20, 2015
Last verified: November 2013

Impairment of visual deficits, in particular contrast acuity and contrast impairment are frequent symptoms in MS. However, visual function is not appropriately covered by the standard tools for clinical assessment, namely, the EDSS and the MSFC.

The primary aim of this study is to investigate, whether in MS patients contrast acuity and sensitivity change over a period of two years.

Secondary aims are the correlation of visual contrast parameters with structural retinal changes and quality of life.

Multiple Sclerosis

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Evaluation of Low Contrast Sloan Visual Charts as Method for the Assessment of Disease Progression in Multiple Sclerosis

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Further study details as provided by Charite University, Berlin, Germany:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Visual Contrast Acuity [ Time Frame: 24 Months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Structural and Functional Changes of Optic Pathway [ Time Frame: 24 Months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Clinical Neurological Assessment [ Time Frame: 24 Months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Quality of Life [ Time Frame: 24 Months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Contrast Sensitivity [ Time Frame: 24 Months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: December 2009
Study Completion Date: November 2013
Primary Completion Date: November 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Patients with Clinically Isolated Syndrome or definite Multiple Sclerosis (either relapsing-remitting or secondary progressive)


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with Clinically Isolated Syndrome or Definite Multiple Sclerosis

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinically Isolated Syndrome or definite MS (relapsing-remitting or secondary progressive course)
  • Written Informed Consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Relapse within the last 30 Days
  • Significant Cognitive Impairment
  • Severely Decreased Visual Acuity
  • Preexisting Severe Retinal Pathology
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01272596

NeuroCure Clinical Reserach Center, Charité Universitaetsmedizin
Berlin, Germany, 10117
Sponsors and Collaborators
Charite University, Berlin, Germany
Novartis Germany GmbH
Principal Investigator: Jan M Dörr, MD NeuroCure Clinical Research Center, Charité Universitaetsmedizin Berlin
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr. Jan Dörr, MD, Charite University, Berlin, Germany
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01272596     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Sloan-Study 
Study First Received: January 7, 2011
Last Updated: May 20, 2015
Health Authority: Germany: Ethics Commission

Keywords provided by Charite University, Berlin, Germany:
Multiple Sclerosis
Visual Contrast Acuity
Visual Contrast Sensitivity
Sloan Charts

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Sclerosis
Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Demyelinating Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Pathologic Processes

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