KINEDMD study: developing an activity monitoring biomarkerUsing novel algorithms to chart daily activities of ambulant and non-ambulant boys
The KineDMD study overseen by Imperial College London has been extended and is open for recruitment. The initial study recruited 16 Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients and 10 healthy control subjects to participate for 12 months. Both ambulant and non-ambulant boys with Duchenne aged 6-17 are eligible to take part. The study is non-mutation specific, and does not require any muscle biopsies or MRI. Boys are assessed at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
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During this 12 month study, participants wear a sensor suit on selected days (during clinical assessments at GOSH) allowing it to measure how their body interacts with the world around them. They also wear fitness tracker bracelets in the form of Apple watches throughout the trial, which will collect data on everyday movements at home/school.
Children are assessed at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Facility at GOSH, overseen by Professor Thomas Voit and Dr Valeria Ricotti. The GOSH team work with chief investigator Dr Aldo Faisal from the Departments of Computing and Bioengineering at Imperial College London.
The bodysuit and tracker sensors feeds data back in real time, allowing the team to use artificial intelligence to make sense of the data patterns. From there, doctors are able to monitor disease progression with more precision. Should this study be successful, it will cut down on the amount of time taken to test new treatments, which will drive down the costs of future clinical trials.
One of the major challenges in Duchenne drug development is linking measureable clinical trial endpoints with actual quality of life benefits. While there is a measurable and predictable decline in function during the course of the disease, each boy declines in a unique way, which can be hard to measure through classic functional tests like the six-minute walk test. This vital research aims to complement or even replace classic clinical endpoints, more sensitively capturing functional changes, and increasing the number of boys and young men eligible for clinical trials. This study will be carried out as a clinical natural history study at the Clinical Research Facility of Great Ormond Street Hospital Trust, overseen by Professor Thomas Voit.
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