SABER Projects

BASIC: The Brain Attack Surveillance in Corpus Christi project

Principal Investigators: Lynda D. Lisabeth, PhD, MPH and Lewis B. Morgenstern, MD
Sponsor: NIH
The Brain Attack Surveillance in Corpus Christi (BASIC) project is an ongoing stroke surveillance study that began in 1999. SABER began providing data management and programming services to support this study in 2014. BASIC is the only ongoing stroke surveillance project focusing on Mexican-Americans. Since the inception of this project, over 5,000 cerebrovascular disease patients have been followed.
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BASIC: Cognitive
Principal Investigator: Lewis B. Morgenstern, MD
Sponsor: 
NIH
This study uses door-to-door surveillance in Nueces County, Texas, a non-immigrant, bi-ethnic community, to determine the prevalence and trajectory over time of cognitive impairment and dementia in Mexican Americans and non Hispanic whites. The study will evaluate the roles of vascular disease risk factors, educational attainment and socio-economic status, community resources and caregiving roles to examine ethnic disparities. SABER provides data management and programming for this study.
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BASIC: Outcomes Among Surrogate Decision Makers In Stroke (OASIS)
Principal Investigators: Darin Zahuranec, MD and Lewis B. Morgenstern, MD
Sponsor: NIH
Often, people with stroke need help from another person to make decisions about important medical treatments. However, we know very little about the experience and outcomes of these family members who make medical decisions for a loved one with a stroke. This study aims to answer important questions about how doctors communicate with family decision makers during these difficult times, how people make decisions for stroke patients, and the long-term impact on those who serve as decision-makers for stroke patients. SABER provides data management and programming for this study. SABER provides data management and programming for these studies.
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BASIC: Sleep Studies
Principal Investigators: Devin L. Brown, MD, MS and Lynda D. Lisabeth, PhD, MPH
Sponsor: NIH
The University of Michigan Stroke Program investigates multiple aspects of post-stroke sleep apnea in patients in Corpus Christi, Texas. (1) An NHLBI-funded ancillary study assessed the frequency of sleep-disordered breathing after stroke, and the relationship of this sleep disorder to stroke outcomes. (2) The NINDS-funded sleep apnea study is designed to investigate health disparities related to sleep apnea in stroke patients. (3) An NHLBI-funded ancillary study investigates the association between nocturnal rostral fluid shifts and sleep apnea severity. (4) Finally, an NINDS-funded longitudinal, population-based study of sleep apnea and stroke outcomes is performed to improve the identification and management of important sleep apnea after stroke, provide critical data to plan future clinical trials, and explore a potential target to reduce an important ethnic health disparity. SABER provides data management and programming for these studies.
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CAPTURE: Validating a Unique COPD Case Finding Tool in Primary Care
Principal Investigators: Fernando Martinez, Weill-Cornell and Meilan Han, University of Michigan
Sponsor: NHLBI
CAPTURE is a large prospective study which explores the impact of the CAPTURE screening tool for COPD on clinical care and patient outcomes across a broad range of primary care settings in a cluster randomized controlled clinical trial. The study will enroll approximately 5,000 patients across 100 participating primary care clinics associated with practice-based research networks (PBRNs). Participants will be assessed with the CAPTURE tool and have research spirometry testing. The tool will be compared against the spirometry testing. In addition, participating primary care practices will be randomized in a 1:1 fashion to receiving either a general COPD education module, or a COPD module that includes training on the use of the CAPTURE tool, to assess the 12-month impact on patient outcomes.
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ChiLDREN: The Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network 
Principal Investigator: John Magee, MD
Sponsor: NIDDK

ChiLDREN is a network of 15 clinical sites conducting clinical trials and cohort studies of children with rare liver diseases. The ChiLDREN Network was developed to support the discovery of new diagnostics, etiologic, and treatment options for children with liver disease, and those who undergo liver transplantation. SABER partners to provide statistical analysis, clinical monitoring, project management, and clinical research administration to support this series of studies.
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Citalopram: Citalopram as a Posterior Cortical Protective Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease
Principle Investigator:Vikas Kotagal, MD, MS
Sponsor:National Institute of Aging (NIA)
Citalopram is a 5-year proof-of-concept Parkinson disease clinical trial aimed at delaying visuospatial cognitive decline, a critical component of Parkinson disease dementia. This is a single-site, phase 2, double-blind, and placebo-controlled study.  Participants with Parkinson disease will be enrolled in the study for 28-months, and will receive either 20mg of citalopram daily, or matching placebo.  They will undergo PET and MRI imaging, as well as cognitive and clinical testing.  SABER is the DCC for this project and will provide project management, data management, software development, and statistical analysis.
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DFC: Diabetic Foot Consortium
Principal Investigator: Cathie Spino, ScD
Sponsor: NIDDK

The Diabetic Foot Consortium (DFC) is a network of 6 clinical sites, several biomarker analysis units and the data coordinating center (DCC) that will conduct studies to validate biomarkers for diabetic foot ulcers. Future studies may expand to include clinical trials. SABER is the DCC for this consortium and provides the project management, data management, clinical monitoring, software development and statistical analysis for the clinical trial. Presently, three observational studies are in development: c-myc (c-myc and phosphorylated glucocorticoid receptor), TEWL (Trans-epidermal Water Loss) and Biorepository.
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EMERGE: Emergency Medicine Education and Research by Global Experts
Principal Investigator: Prashant Mahajan, MD MPH MBA
EMERGE is a pilot project to develop an international network of experts in emergency room departments, to collaborate in research and share emergency medicine-related education. SABER is assisting this project by developing a combined dataset derived from electronic medical records from 10 countries (and counting) to describe the departments in each country, to answer research questions, and to create a platform for prospective research initiatives. As the project evolves from pilot stage, SABER will provide project management, software development, and statistical analysis support for its clinical research initiatives.
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MANAGE HF: A Multifaceted Adaptive Mobile Application to Promote Self-Management and Improve Outcomes in Heart Failure
Principal Investigator: Michael Dorsch, PharmD, MS
Sponsor: National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Manage HF is a Phase 3, multicenter, 12 week, randomized, and double blind clinical trial. This study will investigate the effectiveness of two contextual just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs) delivered via a mobile app for patients with heart failure. The clinical worsening intervention targets self-management of behaviors to prevent worsening of a patient’s heart failure symptoms. The dietary sodium intervention promotes lower sodium intake. Eligible participants will be randomized to the dietary sodium intervention, the clinical worsening intervention, both interventions, or no intervention in a 1:1:1:1 manner, stratified by site, gender, and heart failure type (HFpEF versus HFrEF).
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MiACLR: Michigan Initiative for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rehabilitation
Principle Investigator:  Riann Palmieri-Smith, PhD
Funded by: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
This study is a single-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, and parallel-group clinical trial to examine the combined efficacy of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and eccentric exercise (ECC) to promote the recovery of quadriceps strength, improve physical and biomechanical function, and reduce the risk of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (OA) after ACLR.
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MOIDS: Missed Opportunities for Improving Diagnosis in Pediatric Emergency Care 
Principal Investigator: Prashant Mahajan, MD MPH MBA
Sponsor: NIH Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 

MOIDS is an observational study to test an electronic health record (EHR) algorithm for identifying missed opportunities for diagnosis. The EHR-based algorithm and non-EHR measures will be reviewed across 5 pediatric emergency departments retrospectively and iteratively to refine the algorithms. Then the refined and tested algorithms will be applied to all pediatric ED visits at the sites prospectively. Expert reviewers will then assess all identified cases for judgement on whether the cases are missed opportunities, reviewing patient-related factors, patient-provider interactions, diagnostic tests, follow-up and tracking of diagnostic information, and referrals. Inter-rater reliability will be assessed. Frequency of MOIDS and characteristics associated with MOIDS will be assessed, along with the performance characteristics of the algorithm. SABER provides data management and statistical support for this study.
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PFF-R: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Registry and Biorepository 
Principal Investigator: Cathie Spino, PhD
Sponsor: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

The PFF-R is a prospective collection of data from over 2,000 patients with interstitial lung disease, coming from over 40 Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network sites across the United States. Interstitial lung disease describes a diverse group of conditions where, in general, the lung tissue becomes thickened, stiff, and scarred (pulmonary fibrosis). This data is then made available to researchers for advance our knowledge about this disease. SABER provides project and data management for this study, and also provides statistical analysis, based on this collection of data, for 8-12 substudies per year which are proposed by interested researchers.
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PRECISIONS: Prospective Treatment Efficacy in IPF Using Genotype for NAC Selection
Data Coordinating Center (DCC) Principal Investigators: Cathie Spino, ScD, and Kevin Flaherty, MD, University of Michigan
Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC) Principal Investigators: Fernando Martinez, MD, Weill Cornell, and Imre Noth, MD, University of Virginia
Sponsor: NHLBI
PRECISIONS is a 6-year project which utilizes the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Registry and Biorepository (see separate entry on this page) to perform a whole genome sequencing and proteomic analysis of around 1,400 people with interstitial lung disease.  As a proof of concept of how this data can be utilized to create a more precise approach to medicine, the project includes a large double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial that will determine if people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) who have the TOLLIP rs3750920 TT genotype will benefit from the use of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in addition to standard of care for IPF.  SABER is the DCC for this project and will provide project management, data management, clinical monitoring, software development and statistical analysis for the clinical trial.
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RETHINC: REdefining THerapy IN early COPD
Principal Investigators: MeiLan Han, MD and Prescott Woodruff, MD, MPH
Sponsor: NHLBI
RETHINC is a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial that aims to determine if current or former smokers with breathing problems despite normal breathing tests (spirometry) will benefit from the use of a bronchodilator, indacaterol/glycopyrrolate (Utibron™), for the treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The result of this trial will provide new fundamental clinical and therapeutic knowledge regardless of the outcome and important evidence that may contribute to the guidelines for the management of early COPD. SABER collaborates with investigators as the DCC for this study.
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SLSIII: Scleroderma Lung Study 
Principal Investigator: Dinesh Khanna, MD, MSC
Sponsor: BMS

SLS III is an investigator-initiated clinical research study focused on examining the combined anti-fibrotic effects of pirfenidone (PFD) with mycophenolate (MMF) for treating sclerodera-related interstitial lung disease. This research tests whether combining pirfenidone and mycophenolate will result in a more rapid and possibly greater improvement in lung function than when mycophenolate is used alone. While both of these drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat other medical conditions, neither drug has been FDA-approved for the treatment of scleroderma-related lung disease. SABER provides project management, clinical monitoring, data management, software programming, and statistical analysis for this study.
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TRAIL1: Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Interstitial Lung Disease 
Principal Investigator: Ivan Rosas, MD

Sponsor: Genentech
This study is a phase 2, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of pirfenidone for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis associated interstitial lung disease. The primary aim of the study will assess the efficacy and safety of pirfenidone 2403 mg/day versus placebo in patients with RA-associated ILD. The primary efficacy outcome is defined by a composite endpoint of decline from baseline in percent predicted FVC of 10% or greater or death during the 52 week treatment period. Patients will receive blinded study treatment from the time of randomization until the Week 52 Visit. There will be 270 participants from approximately 40 sites in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom enrolled in this study. SABER collaborates with investigators as the DCC for this study.
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Udall The University of Michigan Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research
Principal Investigators: William Dauer, MD and Roger Albin, MD
Sponsor: NINDS

Up to 70% of patients with Parkinson's disease fall each year, quadrupling the rate of hip fractures, leading to extended hospitalizations, increased use of skilled nursing facilities and eventual nursing home placement. UM scientists have developed breakthrough evidence that these falls, which are resistant to currently available treatments, arise from the degeneration of brain cells that use the neurochemical acetylcholine. By integrating neuroimaging, behavioral and pharmacological studies in patients with Parkinson's disease and in animal models, we aim to further dissect the relationship between falls and abnormalities in these brain cells, and to develop the data necessary to launch a clinical trial of a novel treatment for these debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's disease. SABER acts as the biostatistics and data management center for this series of studies.
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