This study is designed to evaluate the genetics involved in the development of lung disease by surveying genes involved in the process of breathing and examining the genes in lung cells of patients with lung disease. The study will focus on defining the distribution of abnormal genes responsible for processes directly involved in different diseases affecting the lungs of patients and healthy volunteers. Optional CT Sub-study The standard CT scan will be compared to the low dose radiation CT scan for the 150 subjects enrolled in the sub-study to assess the variation between the two techniques. Specifically, the quantitative...
This study is being done to determine if there is a potential benefit of saracatinib in LAM subjects. Based on the information of this trial, additional clinical development trials will be needed. The study will also test the tolerability of 125 mg of saracatinib given once daily over a 9 month period.
This study is aimed to carry out a systematic study to examine the effects of genetic variants (genetic modifiers) other than TSC genes on phenotypic variability in familial TSC patients (affected parent, child and unaffected siblings) and sporadic TSC.
Tuberous sclerosis is a rare, hereditary disease in which patients develop multiple tumors. Although not cancerous, the tumors can affect various organs, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, skin, and central nervous system, with serious medical consequences. The severity of disease varies greatly among patients, from barely detectable to fatal. This study will investigate what causes skin tumors to develop in patients with this disease. Patients with tuberous sclerosis 18 years and older may enroll in this study. Participants will undergo a medical history and thorough skin examination by a dermatologist. Those with skin tumors will be...
Pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a destructive lung disease typically affecting women of childbearing age. Currently, there is no effective therapy for the disease and the prognosis is poor. This study is designed to determine the disease processes involved at the level of cells and molecules, in order to develop more effective therapy. Researchers intend to identify the proteins and genes that contribute to the process of lung destruction in affected individuals.
Prospective controlled studies to identify clinical epilepsy control, cognitive changes, and safety in resective epilepsy surgery of tuberculosis-related epilepsy.
Prospective controlled studies to identify clinical epilepsy control, cognitive changes, and safety in VNS treatment of tuberculosis-related epilepsy.
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare genetic multisystem disorder characterized by the development of hamartomas in several organs (e.g. brain, heart, kidney, liver, lung), and skin in more than 90% of cases. Facial angiofibromas (FA), present in about 80% of patients, are a stigmatizing hallmark of the disease. Everolimus could be a candidate for use as a topical formulation to treat FA. This adaptive seamless Phase II/III study primary objective is to determine the dose of topical everolimus for treatment of FA and evaluate the efficacy and safety of topical everolimus versus placebo in patients with angiofibromas.
The objective of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of sirolimus (0.2% and 0.4% formulations) and its vehicle when applied topically once daily for 12 weeks for the treatment of cutaneous angiofibromas in pediatric subjects with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).
Refractory epilepsy, meaning epilepsy that no longer responds to medication, is a common neurosurgical indication in children. In such cases, surgery is the treatment of choice. Complete resection of affected brain tissue is associated with highest probability of seizure freedom. However, epileptogenic brain tissue is visually identical to normal brain tissue, complicating complete resection. Modern investigative methods are of limited use. An important subjective assessment during surgery is that affected brain tissue feels stiffer, however there is presently no way to determine this without committing to resecting the affected area. It...