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

Treatment of Chronic Delta Hepatitis With Lonafarnib, Ritonavir and Lambda Interferon

Background: Infection with hepatitis D virus leads to a chronic liver disease with no effective treatment. Lonafarnib has improved hepatitis D virus levels in blood, but the medication still needs more research. Ritonavir makes other drugs more effective and is used with lonafarnib to make it more effective. Lambda interferon stimulates the body s response to viruses. Researchers want to see if combining these drugs fights hepatitis D and helps the liver. Objectives: To see if combining lonafarnib, ritonavir, and lambda interferon is safe and effective to treat chronic hepatitis D infection. Eligibility: Adults at least 18 years old with chronic hepatitis D infection Design: Participants will be screened with a physical exam, medical history, and blood and urine tests. Throughout the study, all participants will: - Follow rules for medicine, food, and contraception - Take hepatitis B medicine - Have weight checked - Have routine blood and urine tests - Give stool samples - Female participants will have pregnancy tests. Participants will have 3 visits before treatment. They will repeat screening tests and have a heart test and liver scan. Participants will have a 5-day inpatient stay. They will: - Baseline blood and urine tests - Have eye tests - Answer health questions - Have a liver sample taken and liver blood pressure measured. Participants will be sedated. - Have reproductive tests - Start the study drugs and have blood draws Over 24 weeks of treatment, participants will: - Take 2 study drugs by mouth every day and 1 as a weekly injection

The trial is Open with a status of Recruiting.

Investigator: Christopher Koh, M.D.

Referral Contacts: Email: Shelley A Ganio Phone: (301) 435-6121

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Natural History of Noncirrhotic Portal Hypertension

Background: - Noncirrhotic Portal Hypertension (NCPH) is caused by liver diseases that increase pressure in the blood vessels of the liver. It seems to start slowly and not have many warning signs. Many people may not even know that they have a liver disease. There are no specific treatments for NCPH. Objectives: - To learn more about how NCPH develops over time. Eligibility: - People age 12 and older who have NCPH or are at risk for getting it. In the past year, they cannot have had other types of liver disease that typically result in cirrhosis, liver cancer, or active substance abuse. Design: - Participants will have 2 screening visits. - Visit 1: to see if they have or may develop NCPH. - Medical history - Physical exam - Urine and stool studies - Abdominal ultrasound - Fibroscan. Sound waves measure liver stiffness. <TAB>- Visit 2: - Blood tests - Abdominal MRI - Echocardiogram - Questionnaire - Liver blood vessel pressure (hepatic venous portal gradient (HVPG)) measurement. This is done with a small tube inserted in a neck vein. - They may have a liver biopsy. - All participants will visit the clinic every 6 months for a history, physical exam, and blood tests. They will also repeat some of the screening tests yearly. - Participants with NCPH will also have: - Upper endoscopy test. A tube inserted in the mouth goes through the esophagus and stomach. - At least every 2 years: Esophagogastroduodenoscopy. - At least every 4 years: testing including HVPG measurements and liver biopsy. - Participants without NCPH will also have: - Liver biopsy and HVPG measurements to see if they have NCPH. - Every 2 years: abdominal MRI and stool studies. - The study will last indefinitely.

The trial is Open with a status of Recruiting.

Investigator: Anusha Vittal, M.D.

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

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