The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, is looking for individuals to participate in clinical studies. Participating in clinical trials allows you to play an active role in research on the nature and causes of many disorders of the brain and nervous system, and to possibly help physician-scientists develop future treatments. The information below is designed to help you quickly learn about actively recruiting research studies for which you or someone you know may be eligible.


After brain injury, the brain produces certain chemicals that are harmful to the injured tissues. Moderate hypothermia—also called body cooling—may slow or prevent the production of these chemicals. Hypothermia also decreases the amount of oxygen needed by the brain, which may provide some protection during this critical period. Earlier studies have shown that maintenance of moderate hypothermia may have a helpful effect in head injury patients ages 16 to 45 who arrive at the hospital with a low body temperature suggesting that very early cooling may be beneficial. In this study scientists will initiate hypothermia or body cooling to 35˚C within two hours of severe brain injury to determine if body cooling improves functional outcome. Patients may enter the study in one of two ways. They may be evaluated and surface cooling begun at the scene by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel affiliated with the study; or patients who arrive in the emergency department (ED) of the study hospital within 2 hours of injury—and who have not already been evaluated by EMS personnel affiliated with the study—will be evaluated and cooling begun, if applicable, by NABISH study personnel. NABISH-trained EMS personnel who reach a patient with a suspected severe head injury within 2 hours of injury will induce hypothermia to 35˚C at the scene, in transit, or in the ED. NABISH study personnel will induce hypothermia to 35˚C in the ED in patients with suspected severe head injury who reach the ED within 2 hours of injury if cooling has not already begun. Patients who meet entry criteria (based upon past studies) for moderate hypothermia for 48 hours will then be cooled to 33˚C and then gradually rewarmed after 48 hours at 33˚C. Patients initially cooled to 35˚C within 2 hours of injury who prove during trauma evaluation to have exclusion criteria for 48 hours of moderate hypothermia will be warmed from 35˚C to 37˚C. This pilot trial ended in July 2005. Please see record number NCT00178711 for the Phase III version of the trial (see link below).

Eligibility Criteria:

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR EARLY COOLING TO 35°C: Inclusion Criteria: - GCS 3-8 on initial evaluation or deteriorates during transport - Mechanism of injury consistent with blunt, non-penetrating trauma to head - Systolic blood pressure > 110 mm Hg - Diastolic blood pressure> 60 mm Hg - Heart rate (pulse) 35.5°C (Pre-hospital cooling only) - Injured 120 beats per minute - Estimated or know age > 45 or 2 hours prior to arrival of pre-hospital providers - Evidence of major chest trauma (unilaterally absent breath sounds with tracheal deviation or distended neck veins or requiring thoracentesis. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR 48 HOURS OF MODERATE HYPOTHERMIA (33°C): Inclusion Criteria: - Non-penetrating brain injury with a post-resuscitation Glasgow Coma Score /= 4 for any body area except head. - Persistent hypotension in the Emergency Department (systolic blood pressure 30 minutes after arrival). - Persistent hypoxia (O2 saturation 30 minutes post resuscitation. - Unavailable for cooling within four hours of injury. - Pre-existing medical conditions, if known.

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Study Location:

Multiple U.S. Locations