Wound Etiology and Healing Study (WE-HEAL)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified August 2015 by George Washington University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Victoria Shanmugam, George Washington University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: May 10, 2011
Last updated: August 25, 2015
Last verified: August 2015

May 10, 2011
August 25, 2015
May 2011
June 2016   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Time to wound healing [ Time Frame: 10 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
This prospective study will establish a biobank for collection of residual biopsy tissue discarded after debridement, and collection of other biospecimens at the discretion of the investigators including wound fluid and serum samples. Patients will also permit linking of biosamples to clinical outcomes data. Using a primary outcome of wound healing we will compare biomarkers on tissue, serum and wound fluid from patients with non-healing leg ulcers to identify angiogenic and vasculogenic pathways that are dysregulated in patients with wound healing problems.
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Wound Etiology and Healing Study
The Wound Etiology and Healing Study

The purpose of the WE-HEAL Study is to help researchers use human tissue samples and health records to study the reasons why some patients heal quickly and some have problems healing wounds. All patients seen in the Center for Wound Healing with an open wound are asked to participate. Information from this research may help to understand how to prevent and treat certain diseases.

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Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Prospective
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Retention:   Samples With DNA
  1. Residual tissue left over after routine debridement surgery
  2. Wound fluid that would otherwise be discarded
  3. Residual blood/ serum samples left over after pre-surgery blood tests have been performed.
  4. Wound biofilm
  5. Wound photographs
Non-Probability Sample

Non healing wounds

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Non Healing Ulcer
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
June 2021
June 2016   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age >18
  2. Open wound
  3. English speaking
  4. Able to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Non-English speaking.
  2. Unable to give informed consent
18 Years and older
Contact: Victoria K Shanmugam, MD 202-741-2488 vshanmugam@mfa.gwu.edu
Contact: Sean McNish 202-994-8567 mcnish@gwu.edu
United States
041408, KL2RR031974, UL1RR031975, R01NR013888
Victoria Shanmugam, George Washington University
George Washington University
  • National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
  • National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Principal Investigator: Victoria K Shanmugam, MD George Washington University
George Washington University
August 2015

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