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Global Registry for COL6-related Dystrophies

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT04020159
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : July 15, 2019
Last Update Posted : August 12, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust

Brief Summary:

The Global Registry for COL6-related dystrophies ( is a database for individuals who have been diagnosed with Bethlem Myopathy, Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (UCMD) or an intermediate form of these diseases. The registry team is based at the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre at Newcastle University, UK and is part of the TREAT-NMD alliance global network of registries. The registry has been developed in partnership with a number of leading neuromuscular researchers and is funded by the Collagen VI Alliance.

This patient registry will:

  • Help identify patients for relevant clinical trials as they become available
  • Encourage further research into Collagen 6-related dystrophies
  • Provide researchers with specific patient information to support their research
  • Assist doctors and other health professionals by providing them with up-to-date information on managing Collagen 6- related dystrophies, to help them deliver better standards of care for their patients

The investigators welcome the registration of:

✓ All patients, with a diagnosis of a COL6-related dystrophy (Bethlem Myopathy, Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy or Intermediate form) , which has been confirmed via genetic testing or muscle biopsy.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Bethlem Myopathy Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy 1, Digenic, Col6A1/Col6A2 Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy 1, Autosomal Recessive Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy 1, Autosomal Dominant Bethlem Myopathy 1, Autosomal Recessive UCMD BTHLM1 Other: Patient Registry

Detailed Description:

The Global Registry for COL6-related dystrophies ( is an international registry for patients with a COL6-related condition; no experimental intervention is involved. Patients will receive information on the most up to date standards of care relating to their disease and may be invited to participate in relevant clinical trials. Their data will be updated annually and stored indefinitely, or until they request their data to be removed.

The data will be collected via a secure online form and stored on a secure server. Data collected from patients will include demographic information, diagnosis, current condition (wheelchair use and motor ability, respiratory function, contractures and scoliosis), family history and quality of life. Further information collected from patients' doctors will include genetics, age of onset, lung function, medication, muscle strength, contractures and muscle MRI findings.

One of the purposes of the Global Registry for COL6-related dystrophies is to define the patient population and disease course, therefore data is collected longitudinally and participants will be invited to update their records on a yearly basis.

Access to the database is limited to named individuals, approved by the Principal Investigator, Professor Volker Straub, and the database curator. The database is password protected, with different levels of access. All database entries and contacts are traceable through an audit trail. A SOP has been formulated to cover administration, management and communication procedures for the database.

Researchers and Industry may ask specific questions of registry data. These questions may be to support academic research, feasibility studies for clinical trials or recruitment for clinical trials. Any enquiries for data will be examined and approved by the registry steering committee. Data released for approved enquiries would be de-identified aggregate data. In the case of recruitment for clinical trials when the registry principle investigator and/or curator believe that a patient meets a trial's inclusion criterion and might benefit from participation in a trial, the patient will be contacted by the curator with general information about the upcoming trial and will be asked to contact their local trial/study centre for more information if they are interested in participating. The patient's name or any other personal information will not be given to researchers or industry. Clinical trials will need to have appropriate IRB/ethics board and steering committee approval although the registry will not endorse any particular trial.

Registry participation in voluntary and participants may decline to participate or withdraw consent for their data to be stored in the Global Registry for COL6-related dystrophies at any time without prejudice.

The protocol, patient information sheets and consent forms, and relevant supporting information has been reviewed and approved by NHS HRA Research Ethics Committee and Newcastle University ethics committee.

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Study Type : Observational [Patient Registry]
Estimated Enrollment : 1000 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Target Follow-Up Duration: 5 Years
Official Title: Global Registry for COL6-related Dystrophies
Actual Study Start Date : August 1, 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date : October 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : October 2020

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Participants with COL6-related dystrophy
Participants who have volunteered to participate will complete various questionnaires relating to their condition.
Other: Patient Registry
No intervention/treatment

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patient questionnaire [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    Patient reported genetic diagnosis, motor and respiratory function, contractures, pain, unplanned admissions, and quality of life updated annually.

  2. Clinician questionnaire [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    Clinician reported details of current medical condition (ambulatory status, medications, comorbidities) and medical history (first presenting symptoms, age at diagnosis, diagnosis (genetic, MRI and muscle biopsy findings)), updated annually.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Self-referring individuals with a confirmed diagnosis of a COL6-related dystrophy.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • confirmed diagnosis of a COL6-related dystrophy (Bethlem Myopathy, Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (UCMD), or an intermediate form of these conditions.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • absence of a diagnosis of COL6-related dystrophy
  • Bethlem Myopathy Type 2, Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy 2 and other COL12-related conditions

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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 identifier (NCT number): NCT04020159

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Contact: Lucy Imber 01912418605
Contact: Lindsay Murphy

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United Kingdom
Newcastle University Recruiting
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Contact: Lucy Imber    01912418605   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust
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Principal Investigator: Volker Straub Newcastle University
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Responsible Party: Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust Identifier: NCT04020159    
Other Study ID Numbers: 18/NE/0243
8451 ( Other Identifier: The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT )
First Posted: July 15, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 12, 2020
Last Verified: August 2020

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Muscular Dystrophies
Muscular Diseases
Muscular Disorders, Atrophic
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Joint Diseases
Pathologic Processes