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Feeding Regulation for Spinal Cord Injury

University of Miami, Miami, FL
Test MealsN/ARecruitingLed by Gary J Farkas, PhDResearch Sponsored by University of Miami

Study Summary

This trial will help researchers understand why people with spinal cord injuries often eat more calories than they need, in order to stay alive and function.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You will be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
Adults who are 18 years or older and have tetraplegia (C5-C8) or paraplegia (T1-L2) spinal cord injury.
You have had a spinal cord injury for more than 12 months.
You have specific levels of spinal cord injury according to the American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale.
People who are unable to feed themselves due to paralysis in all four limbs.
You have a bowel care routine that you follow every other day.
We are looking for adults 18 years or older who do not have a spinal cord injury.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~before the second test meal (up to 7 days) and up to 120 minutes after the second test meal (up to 7 days).
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and before the second test meal (up to 7 days) and up to 120 minutes after the second test meal (up to 7 days). for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Gastric emptying time
Upper gastrointestinal transit time
Secondary outcome measures
Change in postprandial Glucagon Peptide 1 (GLP-1)
Change in postprandial cholecystokinin (CKK)
Change in postprandial ghrelin
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Awards & Highlights

No Placebo-Only Group
All patients enrolled in this study will receive some form of active treatment.

Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Active Control
Group I: Spinal Cord Injury GroupExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
Participants who have a spinal cord injury will receive two meals on two separate visits between five to seven days.
Group II: Control GroupActive Control1 Intervention
Participants without a spinal cord injury will receive two meals on two separate visits between five to seven days.

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Who is running the clinical trial?

The Craig H. Neilsen FoundationOTHER
52 Previous Clinical Trials
2,757 Total Patients Enrolled
University of MiamiLead Sponsor
876 Previous Clinical Trials
407,755 Total Patients Enrolled
Gary J Farkas, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorUniversity of Miami

Media Library

Test Meals Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT05406739 — N/A
Spinal Cord Injury Research Study Groups: Spinal Cord Injury Group, Control Group
Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Trial 2023: Test Meals Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT05406739 — N/A
Test Meals 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT05406739 — N/A

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

What is the intent of this clinical exploration?

"The main goal of this clinical trial, lasting up to a week, is to estimate gastric emptying time. Secondary measurements include changes in postprandial ghrelin (as determined by serum blood samples), total body fat percentage (measured through Dual x-ray absorptiometry DXA) and fluctuations in postprandial peptide tyrosine tyrosine PYY (also evaluated via serum blood samples)."

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Are additional participants being sought for the experiment?

"This research, which was posted at the start of 2021 and last updated in November 2022, is no longer recruiting patients. Nonetheless, there are 352 other trials that currently need participants."

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Who else is applying?

What state do they live in?
How old are they?
18 - 65
What site did they apply to?
University of Miami
What portion of applicants met pre-screening criteria?
Did not meet criteria
Met criteria

How responsive is this trial?

Most responsive sites:
  1. University of Miami: < 24 hours
Average response time
  • < 1 Day
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~13 spots leftby Aug 2024