Non-Alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common liver disease, and involves fat deposition in the liver. The fat in the liver can lead to inflammation, scarring, end stage liver disease and potential liver cancer. Some patients with fat in their liver do not see these changes, and our current understanding of why some people are not affected while others see progression of their disease is poor. We are currently in process of initiating studies to learn more about fatty liver disease, and having a database of patients at the VA medical center who are willing to participate in these studies and future studies would help both the patients learn about the new and upcoming therapies, and help the clinical investigators to quickly screen their patients and invite them to participate in their studies.
TARGET-HCC is a 5-year, longitudinal, observational study of the natural history and management of patients with HCC. The study will address important clinical questions that remain unanswered in the management of HCC with a unique research registry of participants with HCC from academic and community real-world practices. TARGET-HCC is disease focused, not drug specific, which allows for continuous acquisition of real-world evidence regarding the natural history, management, and outcomes of treatment with current therapies and new treatments that may be utilized in usual clinical practice.
The purpose of this research study is to learn more about the outcomes of total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT). Total pancreatectomy is the removal of the pancreas and islet autotransplantation is the placement of the insulin producing cells back into you to prevent diabetes. This study is looking to enroll patients who are scheduled to have a TPIAT surgery to treat pancreatitis (inflammation and scarring of the pancreas).
In addition to the routine care for pancreatitis and TPIAT surgery, participation in this study will involve completion of some brief surveys about the subject's health before TPIAT, at 6 months after TPIAT, and each year after the TPIAT surgery for 4 years, as well as a lab test conducted at each of the follow-up visits.
A Crohn's Disease Registry for pediatric patients (between the ages of 6 and 17 years) with moderately to severely active Crohn's Disease (CD), who are already taking Humira® (Adalimumab) to treat their condition. Data from the participant's medical record will be collected to study the long-term safety and effectiveness of Humira®. The Registry expects to collect data for 10 years. No study drug will be given.
The Sponsor is conducting a clinical study with STP206 for the prevention of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) in preterm infants weighing less than 4.4 lbs. (2000g). NEC is the most common serious disease of the gut in preterm infants. The purpose of this study is to look at the safety of STP206 in babies born early, and to get early information on whether STP206 may prevent NEC.
STP206 is an investigational product, meaning it is not yet approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States. STP206 contains live bacteria and is considered a Live Biotherapeutic. The two types of bacteria are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. These bacteria are used in foods such as cheese, yogurt, sauerkraut, and pickles, and have been consumed safely for years and are commonly contained in probiotic products that are currently sold throughout the world. These bacteria also are normally present in parts of the body such as bowel, mouth, skin, and the vagina. These bacteria generally do not cause disease. There have been studies of probiotic bacteria in premature babies that suggest these types of bacteria are effective in preventing NEC. The purpose of this study is to determine the safety of STP206 and if it is effective in preventing NEC.
Treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is now possible with all oral medications. While most patients achieve a sustained virologic response (SVR) after treatment, synonymous with cure, some patients relapse after treatment for reasons that are unclear. The goal of this research is to understand how a person's immune system changes during treatment of HCV infection with all oral therapy, and how these changes might impact the chances of relapse after treatment. To address these questions, blood and clinical information will be collected from study participants over the course of receiving standard of care treatment for HCV infection. This blood and clinical information will be used to conduct laboratory research focused on the immune system.
A minimum of 1000 AA subjects with IBD will be recruited in the 4 year period; from Emory, Grady and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. And a total of 2500 patients form the collaborating institutions.
The primary investigative design will be a paired case-control study. This study will be similar to other IRB approved protocols in which DNA, serum, are collected from children and adults with and without IBD for the purpose of genotype analysis.
This study is to find the best time that a follow up appointment can be scheduled to benefit the patient with liver cirrohis to return after having the bleeding vessels in the esophagus repaired by directing a scope in the esophagus and using bands to stop the bleeding.
The study will compare two durations of treatment with Octreotide in patients with confirmed esophageal variceal hemorrhage who have undergone successful endoscopy and possible endoscopic therapy for control of bleeding. All procedures including the treatment are the standard of care. Octreotide infusion and endoscopic therapy for esophageal variceal bleeding with esophageal banding, hemoclipping, and/or saline and/or ethanolamine injection are not investigational.