By Henry Ehrlich
This week we feature a new tool (to the immediate right on this page) for finding clinical trials brought to us by our new best friends at Antidote, the same group featured in a previous post about a trial for an asthma combination medicine. Unlike the asthma trial, this website doesn’t stand to benefit financially from posting this widget. Rather, we are just interested in opening our readers up to new therapeutic possibilities for themselves and others. Clinical trials need patients and patients need new therapies.
The Antidote widget also happens to be quite fun to use as well as really fast. You can search by disease state, filtered by age, and distance to trial locations, among many other criteria. For example, a search under the category of “food hypersensitivity” turned up 27 studies at distances ranging from 9.9 miles from my home to 11,000 miles away in Thailand. The closest happened to be one we are quite familiar with—triple therapy for multiple food allergies at Mount Sinai. We were surprised to find that France is a hotbed of interest in the Basophil Activation Test, which we call “tolerance in a test tube.” Our friend Dr. Paul Turner is studying efficacy of both oral (OIT) and sub-lingual (SLIT) immunotherapy for cow’s milk 3622.1 miles away at Imperial College in London, which makes sense since he told us last spring at the Royal Society of Medicine that milk is the most serious food allergen in the UK.
Atopic dermatitis, seasonal allergies, allergic rhinitis—name your allergic condition.
And, of course, it isn’t just for allergic diseases. From Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) to Zika Virus Infection, find a pertinent trial for you and your loved ones.