Red Deer’s Central Alberta Research Clinic is currently seeking teens age 12 to 17 with moderate to severe eczema to join a short, Phase 2 clinical trial for a new medication (cream).

Red Deer clinical study targets teens’ eczema symptoms

Participants sought to help assess new cream medication

If you’ve experienced the discomfort of eczema, you know the challenges it can present, both physically and emotionally.

Also known as atopic dermatitis, the condition is characterized by patches of red, swollen, cracked lesions on the skin which are often associated with itchiness, skin infections and poor quality of sleep; when severe, they can be very uncomfortable and unsightly. While there is currently no cure, treatment can help people manage the condition’s symptoms, prevent it from worsening and improve quality of life.

Red Deer’s Central Alberta Research Clinic is currently seeking teens age 12 to 17 with moderate to severe eczema to join a short, Phase 2 clinical trial for a new medication (cream), evaluating the optimal dose and any potential side effects, explains Troy Hamilton, research manager.

Led by dermatologist Dr. Isaiah Day, the Red Deer location is one of three Canadian clinics participating in the study, along with nine in the US. Clinical trials conducted at the Central Alberta Research Clinic are vetted by Health Canada, in addition to the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta. As a cross-boarder trial, it’s also been evaluated by the FDA.

How to participate:

Participants will apply the Delgocitinib cream twice daily for eight weeks. Twice during the study, they’ll also attend for a series of blood tests to measure the presence of the medication in the blood, Hamilton explains, noting there is no placebo group with this trial; everyone will receive the cream.

Of the several participants already registered, “one was quite severe, to the point where they wouldn’t wear a short-sleeved shirt or shorts, even in the summer,” Hamilton says. When contacted to inquire about any side effects, the teen commented that, “Unless raised self-esteem counts as a side effect, then no,” which highlights the impact eczema – and its treatment – can have.

While the current trial is only eight weeks, participants who notice a marked improvement may also find it easier to keep their eczema symptoms under control with existing treatments moving forward. A longer trial may follow as the drug moves to the next stage of testing, and those participating in this trial may also be eligible for the longer duration trial, Hamilton notes.

To learn more, including how to participate, contact the Central Alberta Research Clinic at careclinicrd.ca or call 403-343-8972, ext. 111. A study nurse can answer your questions and gather preliminary details to see if you might be a fit. A screening visit would follow.

***

The Central Alberta Research Clinic, in affiliation with the Bailey Clinic, has conducted more than 160 clinical trials and has become one of Canada’s most respected clinical research centres. Focusing on internal medicine, especially diabetes, cardiovascular, weight loss, vaccines, women’s health, urology and dermatology, the clinic partners with academic centres and pharmaceutical companies to help make new treatments available for patients.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cancelling his planned trip to… Continue reading

Town of Ponoka facing lawsuit from pair of local residents

Ponoka town council members and administration have been served with a lawsuit… Continue reading

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

TYENDINAGA, Ont. — Hours of talks between the federal government and representatives… Continue reading

Red Deer County investing in fibre optics

County investing $7 million over two years to improve Internet connections

Fashion Fridays: Apple body types: What you need to know

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Feb. 6 A Perogie Supper is being held Thursday, Feb. 6 from… Continue reading

Woman loses 50 pairs of shoes after boyfriend accidentally donates them to thrift store

Cassandra Converse can’t wait to go shoe shopping. Last month, Converse’s boyfriend… Continue reading

RDC Queens fall in double OT to MacEwan University Griffins

Griffins 4 Queens 3 (2OT) The RDC Queens managed to salvage a… Continue reading

Trump takes Daytona 500 warmup lap in presidential limousine

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump gave an election-year embrace to… Continue reading

Canada expected to support heavy fuel ban in Arctic despite costs to northerners

The federal government is expected to support international measures that would reduce… Continue reading

Nurses’ unions warn national standards for coronavirus protection too low

OTTAWA — The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is warning that the… Continue reading

‘Sonic’ speeds to $57M debut; ‘Parasite’ sees big Oscar bump

NEW YORK — The redesigned “Sonic the Hedgehog” showed plenty of teeth… Continue reading

Justin Timberlake on ‘trauma’ of being pelted with bottles at SARS concert

TORONTO — Justin Timberlake is still haunted by being pelted with what… Continue reading

Most Read