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.

This study is a secure, confidential, online survey. Questions will include:

  • Your demographics
  • Your MS diagnosis and symptoms
  • How you manage your MS
  • Health care services you use
  • Any social support you have
  • Your experience completing the survey

Purpose: We are developing a survey to learn about how people with MS manage their MS and daily activities. For more information about this study, download the recruitment flyer.

The study is being conducted by Dr. Deborah Backus and Louise Palmer at Shepherd Center. For more information, please contact Louise Palmer at louise.palmer@shepherd.org or (404) 532-9995.

This survey takes place ONLINE should take no longer than one hour to complete. Participants will receive a $20 electronic gift card to Walmart or Target.

Please register by February 22, 2021.

Sign Up Here

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 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