Ongoing Research Patient engagement in clinical trials help RESEARCH find new ways to treat individuals with narcolepsy.

What Is A Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial is any research study that evaluates interventions to prevent, detect, diagnosis, or treat a disease or disorder. In a clinical trial, human participants (or groups of participants) are assigned to one or more interventions to assess the results on health outcomes.

Why Are Clinical Trials Important?

Clinical Trials are important in discovering new treatments to prevent, detect, diagnosis, or treat narcolepsy. It is the only process to bring new pharmacological drugs and treatments forward for approval to use within the narcolepsy community. Without the clinical trials, there is a risk that individuals could be given treatments which have no advantage, waste time, and could even be harmful to one’s health. If a treatment has no benefit, or has serious side effects, the treatment may not be further developed.

Ongoing Research

Northwestern EXPLAIN Study

The Behavioral Sleep Medicine Lab is researching how family members are affected by idiopathic hypersomnia (IH) and narcolepsy.

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Register or learn more: https://redcap.link/explain

Pillar Patient Advocates Survey

Participants paid $50.

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Pillar Patient Advocates is seeking 370 people living with Narcolepsy to participate in a 30 minute online survey to provide their opinions. They are looking for a mix of those who have never taken an Oxybate such as Xyrem or Xywav AND those who are currently taking an Oxybate. In appreciation of completing the 30 minute survey, participants are paid $50. If interested, please fill out our short registration to be sent the actual survey link once it launches: https://www.research.net/r/ppawakeupnar. This study is for US residents only.

Boston Children’s Hospital Narcolepsy Research Study for Kids Ages 9 to 17

Validation of Pediatric Narcolepsy Patient Reported Outcomes (PN-PROS)

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Narcolepsy symptoms in children and adolescents extend beyond sleepiness alone. Narcolepsy symptoms commonly affect academic function, social relationship, mood, and sleep. In order to develop an outcomes scale that reflects values and experiences of kids with pediatric narcolepsy, we are testing a survey among kids 9-17 years with confirmed narcolepsy diagnosis. Participation requires permitting confirmation of diagnosis and completion of online surveys. As a thank you, participants completing surveys will be given a $50 gift card.

For more information about participation, please contact us at NeuroSleepResearch-dl@childrens.harvard.edu or view the flyer by selecting “Link to flyer” on the Boston Children’s Hospital Sleep Center Research & Innovation website.

Canadian Sleep Society: Recruitment of 1000 Families of Children Who Experience Sleeping Problems

Scaling-out Better Nights, Better Days
to help children and families go from surviving to thriving during COVID-19.

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Better Nights, Better Days is an evidence-based eHealth program to support parents of typically developing children ages 1-10 years old who experience sleeping problems including difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking too early.

The national team of investigators are conducting this study to understand if Better Nights, Better Days improves the sleep, mental health, wellbeing, and family resiliency in children and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic, and test how to scale-out the Better Nights, Better Days program to support families across Canada.

We are recruiting 1000 families of children who experience sleeping problems to test the clinical effectiveness of Better Nights, Better Days during COVID-19 and evaluate the implementation of the program to scale-out Better Nights, Better Days across Canada. There is no cost for families to participate.  

Inclusion Criteria

  • Parent of a child is between the ages of 1 and 10 years old
  • Family resides in Canada
  • Parent has regular access to high-speed internet and email
  • Parent can read, write, and understand English
  • Child experiences behavioural sleep difficulties (i.e., problems falling asleep or falling asleep independently; problems following bedtime routines or bedtime resistance; problems staying asleep)

Please share this information with families who you feel may benefit from participating.

 

This study is being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant: COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Service Needs and Delivery, led by Dr. Penny Corkum (Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre).

RESTORE

** Find participating sites at ClinicalTrials.gov NCT#: NCT04451668

If you or your child are over 16 and have been diagnosed with narcolepsy, you may qualify for a research study.

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If you or your child are over 16 and have been diagnosed with narcolepsy, you may qualify for a research study.

 

Managing your narcolepsy symptoms is challenging, so learning all your treatment options is very important. One option to consider is the RESTORE study of an investigational medicine, FT218, which is a once‐nightly formulation of sodium oxybate.

In this study, FT218 will be taken orally once per night, before you go to bed, for up to two years. You’ll be asked to complete in‐person or virtual study visits about four times per year and also complete some brief questionnaires.

Who is eligible to participate in this study?

To qualify, you or your child must:

• Be 16 years of age or older

• Be diagnosed with narcolepsy with or without cataplexy

• Have completed the REST‐ON Study and/or be receiving twice‐nightly sodium oxybate

** Find participating sites at ClinicalTrials.gov NCT#:NCT04451668**

Recruiting Participants for the SYMPHONY Study

Falling asleep during the day? Sudden muscle weakness? WUN is collaborating with Axsome Therapeutics on a study to assess the efficacy and safety of AXS-12 (Reboxetine) in patients with narcolepsy (SYMPHONY)

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What is the SYMPHONY Study?

The SYMPHONY Study is a clinical research trial currently being conducted at select centers in the US and Canada. The study is for people with narcolepsy who are experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and cataplexy (sudden muscle weakness). The SYMPHONY Study is evaluating AXS-12 (reboxetine) as an investigational oral medication that may improve wakefulness and reduce occurrence of cataplexy.

What is Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS)?

Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is a persistent feeling of sleepiness commonly found in people with narcolepsy. EDS can affect normal sleep-wake cycles, causing people to fall asleep at unexpected times throughout the day.

What is Cataplexy?

Cataplexy is a sudden loss of muscle tone or weakness brought on by strong emotions like laughter, embarrassment, frustration, or surprise. Sometimes there may be mild weakness, such as a drooping of the eyelids. Sometimes the attack could be severe and cause a total body collapse. Cataplexy occurs in 60-70% of people with narcolepsy. While most attacks are brief, some can last several minutes.

Who can participate?

People who are aged 15 to 75 in the U.S. and 25 to 65 in Canada who have narcolepsy and are experiencing cataplexy. Other criteria also apply.

Why Participate?

If you’re living with narcolepsy and cataplexy, the SYMPHONY Study may be right for you. AXS-12, or reboxetine, is being evaluated as an investigational oral medication that may improve wakefulness and reduce occurrence of cataplexy in people living with narcolepsy. If you are qualified to participate:

  • You may receive study-related care, study medication and study evaluations at no cost.
  • You may also receive compensation for your time and travel.
  • You may have the opportunity to help advance potential new treatments for people with narcolepsy. AXS-12 is an investigational oral medication being studied for narcolepsy with cataplexy.

Click here to see if you qualify.

Click here for the Canadian SYMPHONY site.

INTUNE: A Clinical Study in Adults with Idiopathic Hypersomnia (IH)

NOW ENROLLING for adults with IH: CLICK HERE

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The INTUNE study is being conducted by Harmony Biosciences to evaluate the safety and efficacy of pitolisant, an investigational medication for treating excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) in people with idiopathic hypersomnia age ≥18 years.

This study is also evaluating the effect of pitolisant on overall symptoms and severity of IH, sleep inertia, cognition, and general sleep-related impairment.

This clinical study consists of a screening period (up to 28 days), an 8-week Open-Label Phase in which all eligible study participants will receive pitolisant, followed by a 4-week Double-Blind Randomized Withdrawal Phase in which study participants and doctors won’t know who is receiving pitolisant or placebo (a tablet that does not contain study drug).

For more information or to find a participating clinical site visit: NCT05156047 or www.intuneihstudy.com

Contact Harmony Biosciences by email at clinicaltrials@harmonybiosciences.com

Polaris Clinical Development Program

Find out how you and other people with narcolepsy may benefit from the outcome of the POLARIS studies.

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The POLARIS clinical development program is being conducted by NLS Pharmaceutics. The investigational study drug, Mazindol ER, is a special extended-release (ER) formulation of mazindol and is being tested in this program to evaluate how well it works when given to adult subjects with narcolepsy with or without cataplexy. Additionally, the program is being conducted to determine the drug’s safety, tolerability, and how it is absorbed and processed in the body. A benefit of taking part in this clinical development program is that you and other people with narcolepsy may benefit from the outcome of the POLARIS studies.

Click here to learn more about the program. Click here to view recently announced interim clinical data.

Nexus Narcolepsy Registry

A team of renowned narcolepsy researchers are collaborating to create this narcolepsy registry.

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A team of renowned narcolepsy researchers are collaborating to create this narcolepsy registry. By tracking a large number of people with narcolepsy over several years, we will learn more about the experiences of people who have been diagnosed with narcolepsy, the impact the condition has on the lives of those affected, and how the condition changes over time.

The findings from this registry will be published and shared at medical meetings with the hope of stimulating new research and discoveries that can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of narcolepsy.

If you choose to participate in this important project, you will be asked to complete a series of questions every 6 months about yourself, your symptoms, your experience with diagnosis and treatment, as well as your quality of life, productivity and other impacts on your life. Your identity and all of your responses will be completely confidential.

Who can join?
Adults (18 and over) who have been diagnosed with narcolepsy by a doctor.

Why should I join?
To help researchers learn more about narcolepsy and the best ways to manage it.

What do I need to do?
Once you have registered for NEXUS, you will be invited to complete a questionnaire describing your own narcolepsy experience, diagnosis, symptoms and treatment. Participants will be asked to complete follow-up questionnaires every six months.

REGISTER NOW

Hypersomnia and Narcolepsy Study is Recruiting Participants

There is a new clinical trial opportunity for PWNs located in Canada.

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There is a new clinical trial opportunity for PWNs located in Canada.

To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Diagnosed with narcolepsy and/or idiopathic hypersomnia
  • Age between 18-64
  • Living in Canada
  • Ability to travel to Montreal
  • Have no other sleep disorders
  • Have no psychiatric or neurological disorders
  • Not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • No use of psychotropic drugs
  • Eligible for an MRI scan (no pacemaker or metallic prosthesis)

Compensation will be offered for participation. To apply please contact: hypersomnia.research@gmail.com

 

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 Do daytime “sleep attacks” leave you dreaming about a better treatment for narcolepsy?

SUVN‑G3031 study: Clinical Trial Listing

Do you have excessive daytime sleepiness from narcolepsy? You may be interested to learn about SUVN-G3031, a research study evaluating an investigational product for narcolepsy with and without cataplexy.

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Do daytime “sleep attacks” leave you dreaming about a better treatment for narcolepsy?

Do you have excessive daytime sleepiness from narcolepsy? You may be interested to learn about SUVN-G3031, a research study evaluating an investigational product for narcolepsy with and without cataplexy. Currently, there are treatments available that can increase alertness and improve daytime performance in people with narcolepsy. There are also treatments available to help improve the effects of cataplexy. Doctors continue to research treatments through clinical studies because a single safe and effective treatment for multiple symptoms is still unavailable.

The main purpose of this study is to learn how well the study drug works and how safe the study drug is compared to placebo. A placebo is an inactive material that looks like the study drug but does not contain any active study drug.

 

What will happen in this study?

If you are eligible to enroll in this study, you will be in this study for approximately 7 weeks, and you will need to come to the study center at least 5 times over this period. You will take either the study drug tablet or a placebo tablet once every day for 14 days. You will stay overnight at the study clinic 3 times for a sleep study and other study procedures. You will also come to the study clinic for a safety follow-up visit.

 

Who is eligible to participate in this study?

To be eligible for this study, you must be:

  • Be between 18 and 50 years of age
  • Have a diagnosis of narcolepsy confirmed by a sleep study

This is not a complete list of study requirements. The study doctor will review the full requirements for this study with you.

Qualified participants will receive all study-related exams, care and medications at no cost. Compensation for time and travel may be available.

If you are interested in learning more, visit https://narcolepsyclinicalstudy.com/WUN/

Recruiting Participants with Excessive Sleepiness

WUN is collaborating with Hypersomnia Foundation and Dr. Thanh Dang-Vu to investigate brain regions underlying narcolepsy (with or without cataplexy) and idiopathic hypersomnia.

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Who can participate: We are looking for patients 18 years or more who have been diagnosed with Narcolepsy (with or without cataplexy) or Idiopathic Hypersomnia.

What are the factors that may exclude you from participating? 1- Other sleep disorders, 2- Neurological disorders or head trauma, 3-Psychiatric disorders or use of psychotropic drugs, 4- Pregnancy or breastfeeding and 5-Pacemaker or metallic prosthesis

What will participants have to do?  To investigate brain regions underlying narcolepsy (with or without cataplexy) and idiopathic hypersomnia. This study includes two (non- consecutive) overnight sleep sessions at the sleep laboratory and a MRI scan session. Participants will have to travel to Montreal.

If you are interested by this study, please contact: Elizaveta Frolova, research coordinator. Email: hypersomnia.research@gmail.com

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