Clinical Trials | Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation

Clinical research is at the heart of all medical advances, identifying new ways to prevent, detect or treat disease. If you have a bone marrow failure disease, you may want to consider taking part in a clinical trial, also called a research study.

Clinical Trials

(COMMANDS) - A Phase 3, Open-label, Randomized Study to Compare the Efficacy and Safety of Luspatercept (ACE-536) Versus Epoetin Alpha for the Treatment of Anemia Due to IPSS-R Very Low, Low or Intermediate Risk Due to Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) Spotlight

Status(es): Recruiting
Study Date(s): Wednesday, January 2, 2019 to Monday, December 29, 2025
Disease(s): myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)
Age Group: 18 years and older
This is an interventional active-controlled, open-label, randomized Phase 3 study to compare the efficacy and safety of luspatercept (ACE-536) versus epoetin alfa for the treatment of anemia due to IPSS-R very low, low or intermediate risk MDS in ESA naïve subjects who require RBC transfusions. The study is divided into the Screening Period, a Treatment Period and a Post-Treatment Follow-up Period.

A Multicenter, Randomized, Phase III Registration Trial of Transplantation of NiCord®, Ex Vivo Expanded, Umbilical Cord Blood-derived, Stem and Progenitor Cells, versus Unmanipulated Umbilical Cord Blood for Patients with Hematological Malignancies Spotlight

Status(es): Recruiting
Study Date(s): Tuesday, November 1, 2016 to Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Disease(s): acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)
Age Group: 12 years to 65 years
This study is an open-label, controlled, multicenter, international, Phase III, randomized study comparing transplantation of Omidubicel/ NiCord® to transplantation of one or two unmanipulated, unrelated cord blood units in patients with hematological malignancies for whom allogenic SCT is currently a recommended and potentially lifesaving treatment (all with required disease features rendering them eligible for allogeneic transplantation).

A Phase III, International, Randomized, Controlled Study of Rigosertib versus Physician’s Choice of Treatment in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome after Failure of a Hypomethylating Agent Spotlight

Status(es): Recruiting
Study Date(s): Thursday, October 1, 2015 to Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Disease(s): myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)
Age Group: 18 - 81 years
Patients with higher-risk MDS failing HMA treatment (targeted patient population)  have no approved medical therapy and a short life expectancy (approximately 4-6 months; Bello 2009, Jabbour 2008, Jabbour 2010, Prebet 2011). Once treatment with an HMA has failed prognosis is dismal and thus there is a great unmet medical need to identify  novel therapies for these patients. We propose to enroll patients with MDS who have excess blasts (5% to 30% BM blasts), and have progressed during, failed to respond to, are intolerant of, or relapsed after AZA or DAC treatment. Patients’ MDS must be...

A Phase 2 Safety and Efficacy Study of RA101495 to Treat PNH Patients Who Have an Inadequate Response to Eculizumab Spotlight

Status(es): Recruiting
Study Date(s): Wednesday, February 1, 2017 to Thursday, February 1, 2018
Disease(s): paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)
Age Group: 18 years and older
The purpose of the study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of RA101495 in patients with Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) who have an inadequate response to eculizumab. Patients will be treated with RA101495 for 12 weeks. Note: Patients on the study will receive RA101495 at the dose of 0.3mg/kg subcutaneously (SC) at Day 1 (loading dose) followed by a starting maintenance dose of 0.1 mg/kg daily SC

A Study to Evaluate Imetelstat (GRN163L) in Transfusion-Dependent Subjects with IPSS Low or Intermediate-1 Risk Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) that is Relapsed/Refractory to Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agent (ESA) Treatment Spotlight

Status(es): Recruiting
Study Date(s): Thursday, August 8, 2019
Disease(s): myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)
Age Group: 18 years and older
IMerge is a two-part Phase 2/3 clinical trial of imetelstat in transfusion dependent patients with lower risk MDS who are relapsed after or refractory to erythroid stimulating agents (ESAs). The Phase 3 portion is planned to enroll approximately 170 patients in a randomized (2:1 ratio of imetelstat:placebo), double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to test the hypothesis that imetelstat improves the rate of red blood cell transfusion independence (TI). The trial is planned to be conducted at multiple medical centers globally, including North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. The...

Low Dose Danazol for the Treatment of Telomere Related Diseases Spotlight

Status(es): Recruiting
Study Date(s): Thursday, March 1, 2018 to Monday, February 28, 2022
Disease(s): aplastic anemia
Age Group: 3 years and older
DNA is a structure in the body. It contains data about how the body develops and works. Telomeres are found on the end of chromosomes in DNA. Some people with short telomeres or other gene changes can develop diseases of the bone marrow, lung, and liver. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are studying if the medication danazol can be used to treat people with short telomere disease who also have bone marrow failure, liver, or lung disease.In recent studies, danazol, at high doses, showed a positive influence on telomere length. Additional research is needed to learn more...

MEDALIST Trial Spotlight

Status(es): Recruiting
Study Date(s): Tuesday, December 1, 2015 to Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Disease(s): myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)
Age Group: 18 and older
The study will be conducted in compliance with the International Council on Harmonisation (ICH) of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use/Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and applicable regulatory requirements. This is a Phase 3, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, multicenter study to determine the efficacy and safety of luspatercept (ACE-536) versus placebo in subjects with anemia due to International Prognostic Scoring System-Revised (IPSS-R) very low, low, or intermediate Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) with ring sideroblasts (≥ 15%) who require Red...

Optimizing Haploidentical Aplastic Anemia Transplantation (CHAMP) Spotlight

Status(es): Recruiting
Study Date(s): Friday, May 19, 2017 to Friday, May 1, 2020
Disease(s): aplastic anemia
Age Group: up to 76 years
Assess overall survival (OS) at 1 year post-hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from a haploidentical marrow donor in patients with severe aplastic anemia (SAA).

PEGASUS: A Phase III Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of APL-2 in Patients With PNH Spotlight

Status(es): Active, not recruiting
Study Date(s): Thursday, June 14, 2018
Disease(s): paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)
Age Group: 18 years and older
The purpose of this study is to establish the efficacy and safety of APL-2 compared to eculizumab in patients with PNH who continue to have Hb levels <10.5 g/dL despite treatment with eculizumab (Soliris®). This study will enroll approximately 70 subjects around the globe to compare APL-2 to eculizumab treatment. All subjects who qualify will receive APL-2. For more information visit the Pegasus Study Website »

Personalized Adoptive Cellular Therapy Targeting MDS Stem Cell Neoantigens (PACTN) Spotlight

Status(es): Recruiting
Study Date(s): Thursday, February 1, 2018 to Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Disease(s): myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)
Age Group: 18 years and older
Patients with higher risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) who fail current approved therapy or become refractory, have few therapeutic options other than bone marrow transplant, which may not be an option due to age, infirmity or lack of a donor. This is a Phase 1 open label, dose escalation clinical trial of Personalized, Adoptive immunotherapy by Cytotoxic T cells that are targeted to patient-specific cancer cell Neoantigens (PACTN) for such patients. It’s primary goal is to learn the safety and tolerability of PACTN infusion and secondarily, if PACTN show signs of being effective. The...