Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Healthy volunteers are participants who do not have a disease or condition, or related conditions or symptoms
An interventional clinical study is where participants are assigned to receive one or more interventions (or no intervention) so that researchers can evaluate the effects of the interventions on biomedical or health-related outcomes.
An observational clinical study is where participants identified as belonging to study groups are assessed for biomedical or health outcomes.
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|Eligible Ages||18 Years and Over|
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Phase 1: Studies that emphasize safety and how the drug is metabolized and excreted in humans.
Phase 2: Studies that gather preliminary data on effectiveness (whether the drug works in people who have a certain disease or condition) and additional safety data.
Phase 3: Studies that gather more information about safety and effectiveness by studying different populations and different dosages and by using the drug in combination with other drugs.
Phase 4: Studies occurring after FDA has approved a drug for marketing, efficacy, or optimal use.
|Phase 1/Phase 2|
The sponsor is the organization or person who oversees the clinical study and is responsible for analyzing the study data.
|National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)|
The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.
|Adriana R Marques, M.D.|
|Principal Investigator Affiliation||National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)|
Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.
The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.
|Study Website:||View Trial Website|
Lyme disease is the most common vector borne disease in the United States. Although antibiotic therapy is clinically effective in treating the symptoms of Lyme disease for most patients early in the course of disease, a significant number of patients who receive therapy report persistent symptoms. The cause of persistent symptoms after antibiotic therapy for Lyme disease is an area of great controversy. Recent studies have shown that the organism (Borrelia burgdorferi) may persist in animals after antibiotic therapy and can be detected by using the natural tick vector (Ixodes scapularis) to acquire the organism through feeding (xenodiagnosis). Whether this occurs in humans is unknown. Currently available tests for human Lyme disease do not allow determination of persistent infection after antibiotic therapy. We performed the first study of the use of
Active Comparator: 1
Patients with Lyme disease, post treatment
Active Comparator: 2
Patients with post-Lyme disease complaints at least 12 months from initial treatment
Active Comparator: 3
Acute erythema migrans patients (possible positive control)
Active Comparator: 4
Lyme Arthritis patients (possible positive control)
Active Comparator: 5
Healthy Volunteers (negative control)
Procedure: - Skin biopsy
Optional 2-3mm skin punch biopsies will be performed.
Procedure: - Blood draw
Peripheral blood draws will be performed.
Device: - Xenodiagnosis
Larval ticks will be obtained from Dr. Sam Telford from a laboratory maintained tick colony at Tufts Veterinary School. These ticks are hatchedfrom eggs laid by ticks that have fed only on specific pathogen free laboratory animals that were purchased from established vendors. Between 25-30 larval ticks that have been aged and are known to be ready to attach will be placed on the study participant.
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