Study Purpose:Longitudinally collect biomarkers from patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and control participants in order to further elucidate both potential causes and treatments for ALS. Samples and clinical information will be collected from patients with ALS and controls.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Type of Intervention:
Study Chair(s)/Principal Investigator(s):
Wilson Burke, Director
Coordinating Center Contact Information
Full Study Summary:
Samples and clinical information will be collected from patients with ALS and controls. Samples will be collected from ALS subjects a maximum of 7 times over a period of up to 30 months, with approximately 3 months (and no less than 2 months) between visits. Controls will consist of participants who do not have chronic neurodegenerative diseases or diseases that mimic ALS. Up to 60 ALS subjects and 30 control subjects will be enrolled in the study.
Holy Cross Hospital, Florida
Estimated Study Start Date:
06 / 11 / 2021
Estimated Study Completion Date:
09 / 01 / 2024
Posting Last Modified Date:
04 / 12 / 2022
Date Study Added to neals.org:
04 / 04 / 2022
1. 18 years of age or older at time of consent.
2. Capable of providing informed consent.
3. Capable of complying with study procedures.
4. ALS Subjects only: ALS subjects diagnosed with familial or sporadic ALS as according to the El Escorial Criteria (suspected, possible, probable - lab supported, probable, or definite) or individuals with known gene mutations associated with ALS (regardless of clinical phenotype)
5. Control Subjects only: Absence of autoimmune myopathy, neuropathy, ALS mimic disorder, or any other neurodegenerative disease or known diagnosis of ALS, or known ALS causative gene
6. Lumbar Puncture volunteers only: Clinically appropriate to have a lumbar puncture
1. Presence of a neurodegenerative disease other than ALS
2. Clinically significant history of unstable medical illness
3. Inability to comply with study procedures, in the view of the investigator
4. Lumbar Puncture volunteers only: Presence of bleeding disorder, problems with cerebrospinal fluid pressure, allergy to local anesthetics, a topical or other skin infection at the lumbar puncture site
5. Lumbar Puncture volunteers only: Taking an anti-platelet or anticoagulant drug, such as Plavix, Brilinta, Ticlid, Warfarin/Coumadin, Lovenox, Elaquis, Pradaxa, Xarelto, etc, and unable to safely hold it for this study. (Aspirin is allowed)
6. Taking any immunomodulatory or immunosuppressive medication, as determined by the principal investigator.
Holy Cross Hospital | Recruiting
Principal Investigator : Gustavo Alameda, MD
Fort Lauderdale, Florida