Pioneering Research

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Current Projects

  • Researching basic biology of leukodystrophies and the implications for patients
  • Evaluating markers of disease activity, inflammation and oxidative stress in leukodystrophies
  • Exploring new treatment regimens for disorders such as GM1 gangliosidosis and Tay Sachs disease
  • Using intrathecal approaches (delivery of therapies to the fluid around the brain and spinal cord) to treat patients
  • Developing and testing approaches for gene therapy in leukodystrophies
  • Studying modification of transplant procedures to decrease disease progression
  • Testing means of expanding umbilical cord cells to enhance safety and effectiveness of transplant for leukodystrophies
  • Using transplantation to treat adults with leukodystrophies
  • Studying risk factors affecting outcomes following transplantation
  • Understanding late effects of bone marrow transplantation
  • Understanding risk of AMN (spinal cord disease) in post-transplant ALD patients

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials help us learn more about leukodystrophies and determine whether new treatments are safe and effective. 

Please contact our Leukodystrophy Center (leukodystrophy@lists.umn.edu) for more information.

MGTA-456 IN PATIENTS WITH INHERITED METABOLIC DISORDERS UNDERGOING HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION (HSCT)

This phase 2 study is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of MGTA-456 after myeloablative conditioning to induce rapid and sustained hematopoietic engraftment with replacement of the specific protein product missing or defective in the patient with an IMD. The study aims to enhance the efficacy of umbilical cord blood transplantation (UCBT), to preserve neurodevelopment in patients with selected IMDs. Since MGTA-456 offers increased numbers of HSCs over standard UCB, it is expected to reduce the risks of prolonged neutropenia and thrombocytopenia and graft failure, and potentially transplant-related mortality (TRM). Patients with Hurler syndrome (also referred to as mucopolysaccharidosis-1H (MPS-1H)), cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (cALD), metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) or globoid cell leukodystrophy (GLD) (also referred to as Krabbe disease) could be eligible for this study.

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GENE THERAPY: A PHASE 2/3 STUDY OF THE EFFICACY AND SAFETY OF HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELLS TRANSDUCED WITH LENTI-D LENTIVIRAL VECTOR FOR THE TREATMENT OF CEREBRAL ADRENOLEUKODYSTROPHY (CALD) - ACTIVE, NOT RECRUITING

This trial will assess the efficacy and safety of autologous CD34+ hematopoietic stem cells, transduced ex-vivo with Lenti-D lentiviral vector, for the treatment of cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (cALD). A patient's blood stem cells will be collected and modified using the Lenti-D lentiviral vector encoding human adrenoleukodystrophy protein. After modification with the Lenti-D lentiviral vector, the cells will be transplanted back into the patient following myeloablative conditioning.

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OBSERVATIONAL STUDY TO EVALUATE ALLOGENEIC HSCT OUTCOMES FOR CEREBRAL ADRENOLEUKODYSTROPHY (CALD)

ALD-103 is a multi-site, global, data collection study that is designed to evaluate safety and efficacy of allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) in patients with cALD aged 17 or younger.

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MT2013-31: ALLO HCT FOR METABOLIC DISORDERS AND SEVERE OSTEOPETROSIS

This single-institution, phase II study is designed to test the ability to achieve donor hematopoietic engraftment while maintaining low rates of transplant-related mortality using busulfan- and fludarabine-based conditioning regimens with busulfan therapeutic drug monitoring for patients with various inherited metabolic disorders and severe osteopetrosis.

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