Clinical Trials

Open studies conducted by NIDDK Principal Investigators appear below. Study statuses may include the following:

  • Open: Recruiting - Currently recruiting participants and open to everyone who meets eligibility criteria.
  • Open: Active, Not Recruiting - Participants are receiving an intervention or being examined, however new participants are not being recruited or enrolled.
  • Open: Enrolling by Invitation - People in a particular population were selected in advance and invited to participate. The study is not open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria.
  • Open: Available for Expanded Access - Patients who are not participants in the clinical study may be able to gain access to the drug, biologic, or medical device being studied.

Studies Seeking Patients

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, the HEpatic Response to Oral Glucose, and the Effect of Semaglutide (NAFLD HEROES)

Background: In non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), fat accumulates in the liver and can cause damage. Researchers want to learn what causes the damage NAFLD, and to see if a medication can help. Objective: To find out how the liver in people with NAFLD responds to feeding, and how this relates to their response to the drug semaglutide. Eligibility: People with NAFLD and healthy volunteers ages 18 and older Design: Participants will be screened with: Medical history Physical exam Blood tests Imaging: A machine will take pictures of the participant s body. Within 2-8 weeks of enrollment, participants will stay in the clinic for several days. This includes: Blood, urine, heart, and imaging tests For NAFLD participants only: A needle-like device will remove a small biopsy of the liver and fatty tissue. Participants will be alone in a special room for 5 hours. They will breathe through a tube under the nostrils. They will have blood drawn several times. The baseline visit concludes participation for healthy volunteers but NAFLD participants will contine. About 6 weeks after discharge, participants will stay in the clinic again and repeat the tests. They will get their first semaglutide dose by injection. Participants will have visits weeks 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24 of treatment. Visits include blood tests. Participants will inject semaglutide once a week at home. At week 30, participants will stay in the clinic again and repeat the tests. Participants will have a final visit 12 weeks after stopping treatment. This includes blood and urine tests. ...

The trial is Open with a status of Recruiting.

Investigator: Yaron Rotman, M.D.

Referral Contacts: Email: Yaron Rotman, M.D. Phone: (301) 451-6553

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Dynamic Post-Prandial Metabolism in Patients With Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Background: Metabolism refers to the many chemical pathways by which various compounds, including food, are processed and used in the body. People with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) have too much fat in their liver cells, but what causes it is unclear. One explanation is that people with NAFLD process food and metabolize it differently than people without NAFLD. Researchers want to compare how food is metabolized in people with and without NAFLD. Objective: To better understand how food intake influences the development and progression of NAFLD. Eligibility: People ages 18 and older with NAFLD or with a non-NAFLD metabolic syndrome Healthy volunteers ages 18 and older Design: Participants will be screened with medical history, surveys, physical exam, and blood tests. This will have ultrasound of the abdomen. This uses sound waves to image internal organs. Participants will stay at the Clinical Center for 2 nights. They will fast he first night. On the second day they will: Have their metabolism monitored in a metabolism research room for 24 hours Have a catheter inserted into an arm vein for several blood tests Drink an Ensure Plus for breakfast Have solid meals for lunch and dinner Have several urine tests. The final morning, they will: Have more blood tests. Have a DXA test to measure the fat in the body. They will lie on their backs for 15-25 minutes while an x-ray machine is positioned over areas of the body.

The trial is Open with a status of Recruiting.

Investigator: Yaron Rotman, M.D.

Referral Contacts: Email: Catherine A Nadal, R.N. Phone: (301) 451-7007

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