C7R-GD2.CART Cells for Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Neuroblastoma and Other GD2 Positive Cancers (GAIL-N)
This study is for patients with neuroblastoma, sarcoma, uveal melanoma, breast cancer, or another cancer that expresses a substance on the cancer cells called GD2. The cancer has either come back after treatment or did not respond to treatment. Because there is no standard treatment at this time, patients are asked to volunteer in a gene transfer research study using special immune cells called T cells. T cells are a type of white blood cell that helps the body fight infection. The body has different ways of fighting infection and disease. No single way seems perfect for fighting cancers. This research study combines two different...
CAcTUS - Circulating Tumour DNA Guided Switch
The stay aims to determine whether switching from targeted therapy to immunotherapy based on a decrease in levels of circulating tumour DNA in the blood, will improve the outcome in melanoma patients.
Cancer Risk in Carriers of the Gene for Xeroderma Pigmentosum
This study will determine if family members of patients with xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) have various abnormalities, including: skin abnormalities; nervous system abnormalities, such as hearing problems; skin, eye, or internal cancers, or other changes. XP is a rare inherited disease that involves an inability to repair damage to cell DNA (genetic material). It can affect several organ systems, including the skin, eye, nervous system, and bones. Patients have a more than thousand-fold increase in frequency in all major skin cancers. Parents of patients with XP are carriers of the abnormal XP gene. Other family members may also be...
Can Vitamin D Supplementation in Infants Prevent Food Allergy in the First Year of Life? The VITALITY Trial
There is an urgent need to prevent the onset and progression of food allergy in our population. Evidence demonstrates that food allergy and atopic eczema represent the earliest manifestations of the atopic march with 50% of infants with food allergy predicted to develop respiratory allergic diseases later in life. We report that Australia has the highest prevalence of IgE-mediated food allergy in the world, with 10% of infants having challenge-proven food allergy in Melbourne. There has been a 5-fold increase in hospital admissions for life-threatening anaphylaxis. These changes are most pronounced in children less than 5 years,...
CAPRI National Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Registry
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is a disorder of unknown cause characterized by chronic inflammation of the joints and other organs. It affects about 1 in a 1000 Canadian children and if untreated it can produce lifelong disability. The Canadian Alliance of Pediatric Rheumatology Investigators (CAPRI) includes most pediatric rheumatologists in Canada. They have successfully collaborated for the past 10 years producing groundbreaking research on the modern course and outcomes of JIA. CAPRI proposes an ongoing universal registry of Canadian children with JIA that will collect longitudinal data on disease course, outcomes and adverse ...
Cardiovascular Risk and Chronic Inflammatory Rheumatism
Chronic inflammatory rheumatism and inflammation can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems. Indeed, these diseases can increase the risk of myocardial infarction. The objective of this project is a better understanding and preventing the risk of cardiovascular problems in chronic inflammatory rheumatism through the study on the long-term flexibility of the arteries, blood markers of cardiovascular risk and muscle mass.
Case Control Study to Identify Modifiable Risk Factors for Colorectal and Breast Cancer in Nigeria
This project is a case-control study which seeks to identify modifiable risk factors for breast and colorectal cancer in Nigeria. Both cases and controls will be required to complete a risk factor questionnaire which contains information about their diet, physical activity, past medical history and life style factors. They will also be required to provide information on their body composition through the use of a bioimpedance machine which measures the body mass index, fat and total body water percentage. Based on the existing ARGO platform where a current colorectal cancer study is going on, approximately 400 patients with a prior...
CCM Blood Biomarker Validation Study
Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs), one of the most common microvascular malformations in the capillary beds of the brain, are susceptible to hemorrhagic stroke. As an autosomal dominant disorder with incomplete penetrance, the majority of CCM gene mutation carriers are largely asymptomatic but when symptoms occur, the disease has typically reached the stage of focal hemorrhage with irreversible brain damage. Currently, the invasive neurosurgery removal of CCM lesions is the only treatment option, despite the recurrence of the symptoms after surgery. Therefore, there is a grave need for prognostic/monitoring biomarkers as risk ...
Cerebral Oxygenation in Preterm Neonates With Respiratory Support During Skin-to-skin Care on the First Day After Birth
This is a prospective observational pilot study investigating if skin-to-skin care (SSC) has an influence on cerebral oxygenation and perfusion measured with near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) compared to incubator care in ventilated preterm neonates on the first day after birth.
Characteristics of Patients With Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa
Recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) is a disease caused by genetic mutations in the gene for type VII collagen. Patients with RDEB develop large, severely painful blisters and open wounds from minor trauma to their skin. We are screening subjects with RDEB to evaluate characteristics of the subjects and their cells in order to develop new strategies of therapy and determine whether subjects could be candidates for treatment studies.
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