• Wavefront-guided PRK vs Wavefront-optimized PRK

    The purpose of the study is to compare the results of PRKK surgery when using wavefront-guided excimer laser treatment compared to wavefront optimized excimer laser treatment in patients with nearsightedness with and without astigmatism

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  • Women's Health Initiative Strong and Healthy Study

    The WHISH trial applies state-of-the science behavioral principles and currently available technologies to deliver a physical activity intervention without face-to-face contact to ~25,000 older U.S. women expected to consent. It includes the National Institute of Aging (NIA) Go4Life® Exercise & Physical Activity materials 3 and WHISH developed targeted materials based on Go4Life® to provide inspirational tips and recommendations about how to achieve nationally recommended levels of PA and overcome barriers to exercise, with a means for self-monitoring and setting personal goals. The intervention builds upon evidence-based behavioral science principles and intervention components that have proven to be effective in increasing PA in older women, with innovative adaptive approaches to tailoring the delivery to meet individual (personal) needs.

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  • Yoga for Youth With IBD: a Pilot Feasibility Study

    An 8-week yoga intervention to determine the feasibility and acceptability of yoga as a supplemental therapy in the management of inflammatory bowel disease in the adolescent population.

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  • Veliparib, Radiation Therapy, and Temozolomide in Treating Younger Patients With Newly Diagnosed Diffuse Pontine Gliomas

    This phase I/II trial studies the side effects and the best dose of veliparib when given together with radiation therapy and temozolomide and to see how well they work in treating younger patients newly diagnosed with diffuse pontine gliomas. Veliparib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x rays to kill tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as temozolomide, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving veliparib with radiation therapy and temozolomide may kill more tumor cells.

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  • 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/MRI in Finding Tumors in Patients With Intermediate or High-Risk Prostate Cancer Undergoing Surgery

    This phase 2-3 trial studies the utility of 68-gallium (68Ga)-prostate-specific membrane antigen 11 (PSMA-11) positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) to find tumors in patients with prostate cancer who are undergoing resection surgery for prostate cancer that is prognostically expected to spread quickly (intermediate-risk) or is likely to come back or spread (high-risk). Diagnostic procedures, such as PET/MRI, may help find and diagnose prostate cancer, and reveal out how far the disease has spread. Radioactive drugs, such as 68Ga-PSMA-11, may bind to tumor cells that have specific receptors, and may allow doctors to see smaller tumors than the standard of care contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) or MRI scan.

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  • Yttrium Y 90 Resin Microspheres Data Collection in Unresectable Liver Cancer: the RESIN Study

    This research registry studies Yttrium Y 90 resin microspheres in collecting data from patients with liver cancer not capable of being removed by surgery (unresectable) for the radiation-emitting Selective Internal Radiation-Spheres (SIR-spheres) in non-resectable (RESIN) liver tumor registry. The information generated will help doctors better understand treatment patterns involving Y90 therapy, gain additional insights in the long-term outcomes for patients, as well as guide future research for using Y90 therapy, especially for those conditions where data is currently very limited or lacking.

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  • 177Lu-PSMA-R2 in Patients With PSMA Positive Progressive, Metastatic, Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer

    This Phase 1/2 study is intended to investigate the safety, tolerability, and radiation dosimetry of 177Lu-PSMA-R2 and further assess preliminary efficacy data in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). The Phase 1 portion of the study will determine the recommended dose of 177Lu-PSMA-R2 for radio-ligand therapy (RLT) of mCRPC, and the Phase 2 portion will expand into approximately 60 patients documenting the preliminary activity (anti-tumor response) of repeated treatments administered, continuing safety assessments and collecting QoL data.

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  • 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT in Detecting Prostate Cancer Recurrence in Patients With Elevated PSA After Initial Treatment

    The purpose of this research study is to see if recurrent prostate cancer can be identified using a special procedure called a positron emission tomography (PET) scan. PET/CT is used to describe information regarding the function, as well as location and size of a tumor.

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  • Vitamin D and Breast Cancer: Does Weight Make a Difference?

    This is a research study of the effect of Vitamin D on breast cancer. We hope to learn whether Vitamin D can change characteristics of certain genes in a breast cancer tumor that affect its growth. We believe some of these characteristics may be influenced by body weight.

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  • Virtual Reality Technology Versus Standard Technology During Pediatric Oral Food Challenge

    The purpose of this study is to determine if non-invasive distracting devices (Virtual Reality headset) are more effective than the standard of care of utilizing existing technologies that are currently more common in food allergy research treatment and clinics (i.e. television and patients' personal electronic devices) for decreasing levels anxiety and fear in pediatric patients undergoing oral food challenge (OFC) and their caregivers.

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  • 18F-FSPG PET/CT for Cancer Patients on Therapy

    The goal of this phase 2 study trial is to evaluate the utility of the radiolabel 18F-FSPG used before and after treatment to diagnose, predict, and evaluate response to therapy in patients with a wide variety of metastatic cancers.

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  • Vorinostat and Isotretinoin in Treating Patients With High-Risk Refractory or Recurrent Neuroblastoma

    This phase I trial is studying the side effects and the best dose of vorinostat when given together with isotretinoin to see how well it works in treating patients with high-risk refractory or recurrent neuroblastoma. Vorinostat may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Isotretinoin may help vorinostat work better by making tumor cells more sensitive to the drug. Giving vorinostat together with isotretinoin may be an effective treatment for neuroblastoma.

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  • Web-based Implementation for the Science of Enhancing Resilience Study

    Resilience means a healthcare provider's ability to cope, recover, and learn from stressful events, as well as their access to resources that promote health and well-being. Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) health professionals' need to have particularly good resilience, because their work is extremely stressful and their patients, fragile preterm infants, require their undivided attention. The investigators propose a feasible and engaging intervention to enhance resilience among NICU health professionals promoting their ability to provide safe care.

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  • 68-Ga-RM2 PET/MRI in Imaging Patients With Estrogen Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer

    This trial studies how well 68-Ga RM2 works with PET/MRI in imaging patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. 68-Ga-RM2 is an agent used in diagnostic imaging.

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  • VTX-2337 and Pegylated Liposomal Doxorubicin (PLD) in Patients With Recurrent or Persistent Epithelial Ovarian, Fallopian Tube or Primary Peritoneal Cancer

    The purpose of this study is to compare the overall survival of patients treated with VTX-2337 + pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) versus those treated with PLD alone in women with recurrent or persistent, epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer.

    VTX-2337, a small molecule agonist of Toll-like Receptor 8 (TLR8), activates multiple components of the innate immune system and is being developed as a novel therapeutic agent for use in oncology. Experimental data obtained in an animal model of ovarian cancer supports the combination of VTX-2337 with PLD. In this model, the combination of VTX-2337 and PLD resulted in a significant reduction in tumor growth compared to either agent alone and an increase in the number of T lymphocytes infiltrating the tumor. The combination of PLD and VTX-2337 has been tested in a small number of women with ovarian cancer in a Phase 1b study and appears to be generally well-tolerated.

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  • Vitamin D and Type 2 Diabetes Study

    The goal of the Vitamin D and type 2 diabetes (D2d) study is to determine if vitamin D supplementation works to delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in people at risk for the disease and to gain a better understand how vitamin D affects glucose (sugar) metabolism.

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  • 5HT3 Antagonists to Treat Opioid Withdrawal and to Prevent the Progression of Physical Dependence

    Opioid medications are commonly used for pain relief. When given over time, physical dependence can occur. This results in unpleasant side effects (such as agitation and nausea) if opioid medications are suddenly stopped. This study aims to test the use of the drug ondansetron to reduce the symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal and to prevent the progression of opioid physical dependence, thereby allowing future investigators to better test the role of physical dependence in the development of addiction and also possibly improving acceptance of abstinence-based programs for addiction.

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  • USS Virginia Closed-Loop Versus SAP Therapy for Hypoglycemia Reduction in T1D

    This is a randomized, controlled trial of Unified Safety System (USS) Virginia closed-loop versus sensor-augmented pump (SAP) therapy for hypoglycemia prevention in subjects with type 1 diabetes and hypoglycemia unawareness and/or risk for hypoglycemia.

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  • 131I-Omburtamab, in Recurrent Medulloblastoma and Ependymoma

    A Phase 2 study investigating the addition of cRIT 131I-omburtamab to irinotecan, temozolomide, and bevacizumab for patients with recurrent medulloblastoma. A feasibility cohort is included to assess the feasibility of incorporating cRIT 131I-omburtamab for patients with recurrent ependymoma.

    Direct intraventricular delivery of radiolabeled tumor-specific antibodies may aid in both the detection and treatment of recurrent disease for these highly specific pediatric patients with recurrent tumors.

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  • Wavefront-guided vs. Topography-guided LASIK

    The study is comparing outcomes of wavefront-guided LASIK to topography-guided LASIK in a randomized contralateral fellow eye study in myopic participants.

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Our research team includes physicians, residents, medical students, research assistants, and volunteers. Our research topics include medical imaging, device validation,  mobile application development, and pharmaceutical trials.  

Some of the Neuro-Opthalmic concerns we investigate include Multiple Sclerosis, Optic Neuritis, IIH, and ICP.