Current Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Studies at Shepherd Center

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Clinical trials help to determine if treatments and other interventions are safe and effective. Participation from people with MS helps researchers develop new and improved interventions and therapies.

Submit Your Application to Request Participation in an MS Trial

People with MS may apply to be participants in multiple sclerosis clinical studies at Shepherd Center. Ongoing research studies may or may not be actively recruiting participants. To be considered for current and future research studies, complete and submit our MS Research Intake Form.

MS Trials Seeking Participants

Do you qualify to be an MS trial research participant? See the list below to learn more about the current multiple sclerosis clinical trials and studies at Shepherd Center.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine whether an evidence-based exercise program delivered virtually by telephone and computer (“telerehab”) produces the same benefits for improving walking and mobility, participation and quality of life in people with multiple sclerosis when compared to delivery of the program in an exercise facility.

To participate in this MS trial, you must:

  • Have a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 65
  • Can walk, with or without an assistive device, but with difficulty
  • Do not exercise regularly
  • Have been without a relapse in the past month
  • Can commit to train 2 times a week for 16 weeks

Contact: Erica Sutton, MA, at 404-367-1305 or erica.sutton@shepherd.org

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness, safety and tolerability of an investigational drug in people with difficulty walking caused by multiple sclerosis (MS). Participants will receive the investigational drug and assessments over a period of about five months.

To participate in this MS trial, you must:

  • Have a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis
  • Be 18 to 70 years of age
  • Able to walk with or without assistance (cane or walker)

Contact: Michelle Tidwell, RN, BSN, CCRP, at (404) 367-1317 or michelle.tidwell@shepherd.org

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to evaluate how accurately investigators can measure muscle endurance with a novel device using electrical stimulation. Ultimately, this information will be used to measure the effectiveness of different exercises for improving how well a muscle works in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Participants will be asked to attend two testing sessions at Shepherd Center. They must be more than 18 years old and cannot have any injury to their legs in the past three months. In participants diagnosed with MS, they cannot have been diagnosed with a relapse in the past month.

To participate in this MS trial, you must:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Not have any current (in past 12 weeks) musculoskeletal injury to either leg

Contact: Joy Williams at (404) 603-4248 or joy.williams@shepherd.org

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of FES cycling to improve function in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). We aim to evaluate whether this intervention can improve walking in people with MS who are already walking but limited in how far and how long they can walk, or need an assistive device, such as a cane, walker or wheelchair.

For people with MS who primarily use a wheelchair for community mobility, we aim to evaluate if FES cycling will improve their feelings of wellbeing and any areas of function. For all participants, we will evaluate response to up to four protocols of FES cycling to determine safety and potential efficacy for decreasing symptoms and improving function.

Contact: Marina Moldavskiy at (404) 350-7655 or marina.moldavskiy@shepherd.org

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to evaluate a fall management program for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The goal of the program is to decrease the number of falls in people with MS who use a wheelchair or scooter and help them know what to do after a fall.

The fall management program will teach each participant how to transfer (move from a wheelchair/scooter to another surface, such as a bed or chair) and to safely manipulate a wheelchair without falling. If they use a cane, crutch or walker, they will learn how to manage it safely during transfers and wheelchair mobility.

They will be given strategies to help them recover from a fall. Finally, participants will learn exercises to improve their sitting balance, and about their fall risk and things in their environment that increase the risk of falls.

To participate in this MS trial, you must:

  • Have a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis
  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Mainly use a wheelchair or scooter for mobility
  • Be able to transfer with moderate assistance or less
  • Have had at least one fall in the past 12 months
  • Be able to sit upright for at least one hour

Contact Marina Moldavskiy at (404) 350-7655 or marina.moldavskiy@shepherd.org