Biomarker Discovery in Parkinson’s Disease

Overview

There are approximately one million Americans who live with Parkinson's disease with 50,000 new cases per year and this rate is expected to rise with an aging population. The underlying pathophysiology and disease understanding of PD still remains elusive due to a combination of disease complexity and lack of predictive capability of existing models.

The Berg Interrogative Biology™ discovery platform has demonstrated a unique capability in producing drug targets and biomarkers that truly represent a disease phenotype. It has been able to catalyze molecules now in late stage clinical trials in cancer and many pre-clinical candidate therapeutics and biomarkers in endocrinology and central nervous system (CNS) diseases. The platform is able to decipher normal versus disease signatures by integration of data sets from the genome, metabolome, proteome, and lipidome in an agnostic manner that is subjected to Bayesian Artificial Intelligence informatics. The resulting nodes are then put back into wet-lab validation before proceeding to proof-of-principle pre-clinical testing.

By utilizing clinical data and specimens obtained by the medical specialists at The Parkinson's Institute, along with Berg's Interrogative Biology™, this study aims to discover a disease biomarker enabling the creation of a diagnostic test for Parkinson's disease.

Full Title of Study: “Proteomics, Metabolomics, Lipidomics and Genetic Analysis for Biomarker DISCOVERY in Parkinson’s Disease”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
  • Study Primary Completion Date: March 2016

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Patients with Parkinson’s disease
  • Healthy Controls

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Biological markers of Parkinson’s disease
    • Time Frame: 18 months
    • To identify biologic markers of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) for use in diagnostic testing.

Secondary Measures

  • Correlation between biologic markers and clinical features of PD
    • Time Frame: 36 months
    • To identify and investigate possible correlations between biologic markers and clinical features of PD.

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

For PD cases:

Inclusion Criteria

  • Men and women with the clinical diagnosis of idiopathic PD
  • Willing and able to give informed consent
  • Willing and able to comply with scheduled visits, required study procedures and laboratory tests

Exclusion Criteria

PD Subjects with any of the following may not be enrolled:

1. Presence of atypical or secondary parkinsonism

2. Inability to provide a blood and/or urine sample

3. History of renal failure and/or on dialysis

4. Currently taking a medication in the following categories: dopamine blockers, neuroleptics, and/or dopamine blocking agents.

5. Any medical, psychiatric or other condition which, in the opinion of the investigator, would preclude participation

Healthy Controls:

All of the following criteria must be met for a Healthy Control to be enrolled in the study:

1. Healthy controls with no diagnosis of PD and any of the exclusion criteria

2. Willing and able to give informed consent

3. Willing and able to comply with scheduled visits, required study procedures and laboratory tests

Healthy Controls with any of the following may not be enrolled:

1. No clinically significant or unstable medical or psychiatric condition that would interfere with the conduct of the study

2. Diagnosis of PD or presence of signs of a neurodegenerative disorder, e.g. essential tremor

3. First degree relative with PD/parkinsonism

4. Inability to provide a blood and/or urine sample

5. History of renal failure and/or on dialysis

6. Any medical, psychiatric or other condition which, in the opinion of the investigator, would preclude participation

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: 90 Years

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • The Parkinson’s Institute
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Birgitt Schuele, Associate Professor – The Parkinson’s Institute

Clinical trials entries are delivered from the US National Institutes of Health and are not reviewed separately by this site. Please see the identifier information above for retrieving further details from the government database.

At TrialBulletin.com, we keep tabs on over 200,000 clinical trials in the US and abroad, using medical data supplied directly by the US National Institutes of Health. Please see the About and Contact page for details.