Treatment Study of Carnosine Versus Placebo in Gulf War Illness (GWI)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
James Baraniuk, MD, Georgetown University Identifier:
First received: December 17, 2008
Last updated: February 24, 2014
Last verified: February 2014

December 17, 2008
February 24, 2014
August 2008
July 2012   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Determine if 6 months of oral carnosine 500 mg twice daily has significant, beneficial effects on:(1)activity, 2)cognitive, 3)plasma proteomic outcomes compared to placebo. [ Time Frame: 09/2011 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Same as current
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  • Determine the safety of carnosine 500 mg twice daily in GWI volunteers. [ Time Frame: 09/2011 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Determine if responses to carnosine can be stratified according to "long" versus "short" alleles of the CNDP1 gene. CNDP1 degrades carnosine. [ Time Frame: 09/2011 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Assess longitudinal changes in the placebo group (natural history of symptom variation in GWI). [ Time Frame: 09/2011 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Same as current
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Treatment Study of Carnosine Versus Placebo in Gulf War Illness (GWI)
Carnosine in Gulf War Illness (GWI)
The purpose of this study is to perform a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled, six month study of the effects of carnosine on cognitive, psychometric, autonomic, and muscle strength outcomes in 100 GWI subjects.
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Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Gulf War Illness
  • Drug: Carnosine
    500mg Carnosine x2 daily
    Other Name: Pathway Carnosine supplied by Village Green Apothecary
  • Drug: Placebo
    Microcrystalline cellulose placebo tablets x2 daily
    Other Name: Village Green Apothecary
  • Active Comparator: 1
    Carnosine treatment group
    Intervention: Drug: Carnosine
  • Placebo Comparator: 2
    Placebo control group
    Intervention: Drug: Placebo

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July 2012
July 2012   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Evidence of military enlistment between August 1, 1990 and July 31, 1991, and deployment for 30 consecutive days to:

    • Persian Gulf waters and adjacent land areas,
    • Other global locations, or,
    • U.S. only. 1990-1991 enlistment status:
    • Active duty
    • National Guard
    • Reserves

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant Women
  • Active Duty Military Personnel
  • Children
  • Incarceration
34 Years to 82 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
2008-068, USAMRMC PR# W91ZSQ-7149-N602, HRPO Log No. A-14542.2
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James Baraniuk, MD, Georgetown University
Georgetown University
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Principal Investigator: James N Baraniuk, MD Georgetown University
Georgetown University
February 2014

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