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.


A Multicenter, Single Arm Trial to Assess Safety and Signal of Efficacy of the Ischemic Stroke System (ISS), as an Adjunct to Standard of Care in Subjects with Mild Acute Ischemic Stroke Study Duration: The expected total duration of the study for each subject is up to 10 days as follows: Enrollment: up to 24 hours Treatment: Implantation, 5 Days of SPG stimulation and Standard of care Final Visit: 7 days after enrollment Study Population: Subjects with Mild Acute Ischemic Stroke in the anterior circulation within 24 hours from onset. Study Objectives: 1. Identify the personal stimulation level for each patient based on physiological biomarkers 2. Identify improvement in stroke symptoms during ISS treatment at the personal stimulation level Study Design: This will be a multi-center, adjunctive to Standard of Care, single arm study, which includes the following steps: 1. Screening (day 1) 2. Implantation (day 1) 3. Treatment and symptom assessment (days 1-5) 4. Device Positioning and Removal (day 5) 5. Discharge/Final Visit (day 7-10) Outcome Measures: Primary Outcome Measures: 1. The difference in NIHSS between baseline and Day 7 vs. Historical Controls 2. % of patients with improvement in stroke symptoms (motor and/or sensory deficits) during stimulation Additional Efficacy Outcome Measures: 1. Existence of physiologic surrogates of the Personal Stimulation Level 2. Improvement in stroke symptoms (motor and/or sensory deficits) Safety Outcome Measures: 1. Comparative 7-day safety data between the ISS stimulation group of this study and of the ImpACT-24B study: 1. Incidence of Serious Adverse Events 2. Implantation Complications 3. Stimulation-related Adverse Events 2. 7-day mortality 3. Neurological deterioration 4. Symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage (sICH) Implantation Accuracy Outcome Measures: 1. % of procedures with positive indication of reaching the sphenopalatine fossa

Eligibility Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Age: ≥ 18 years and ≤ 80 years 2. Clinical diagnosis of anterior circulation stroke 3. Baseline NIHSS ≥ 1 and ≤ 6 or lacunar stroke of any severity 4. Motor and/or sensory deficits 5. Ability to initiate treatment within 24 hours from stroke onset 6. Signed informed consent from patient him/herself or legally authorized representative if applicable. Exclusion Criteria: 7. Neuro-imaging evidence of any intracranial hemorrhage or hemorrhagic transformation of brain infarct or other significant abnormality (e.g. tumor, abscess, suspect for subarachnoid hemorrhage). 8. Massive stroke, defined as acute parenchymal lesion with effacement of cerebral sulci in over 2/3 of the MCA territory. 9. Clinical signs and symptoms or evidence for a relevant lesion by neuro-imaging of an acute ischemic stroke in the posterior circulation (Vertebral, Basilar and/or Posterior Cerebral Artery territories), including but not limited to brain-stem findings and/or cerebellar findings and/or isolated homonymous hemianopia or cortical blindness. 10. NIHSS level of consciousness score ≥ 2. 11. Inability to communicate fluently and express symptoms 12. Previous motor and/or sensory deficits that will eliminate the ability to identify the response to SPG stimulation 13. Patients with bleeding propensity and/or one of the following: INR > 1.8, prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) ≥ 45 sec., platelets count 185 mmHg and/or diastolic >110 mmHg), demonstrated on each of three repeated measurements taken within one hour regardless of whether or not the patient is taking antihypertensive medications. 19. Serious systemic infection. 20. Women known to be pregnant or having a positive or indeterminate pregnancy test. 21. Patients with other implanted neural stimulator/ electronic devices (pacemakers). 22. History of SPG ablation ipsilateral to the stroke side. 23. Any condition in the oral cavity that prevents implantation of the INS, such as patient is intubated, orthodontics or non-hygienic condition. 24. Life expectancy

Study Design:

Study Location:

International Locations