Rokkit wrote:Am I missing something, or is this thing sheer genius?
Dr. David Hubbard is a very bright and caring neurologist. It just so happens his son was diagnosed with MS in December and his wife hit the internet to learn about new research in MS and found CCSVI in MS on Facebook. Dr. Hubbard was really dubious at first, so he went straight to Dr. Mark Haacke. He's been researching the connection of MS to blood flow ever since. His son had severe jugular stenosis and had angioplasty. He is doing quite well. Dr. Hubbard's IRB is brilliant---and will allow IRs around the country to sign up and have IRB approval. You're right, rokkit...it is genius.
This study is a multi-center registry of CCSVI Testing and Treatment at interventional radiologist facilities all around the country. In this new Registry study, qualified IR may participate if they abide by the protocol that requires objective testing by an outside MRI facility and clinical and MRI evaluations for restenosis or disease progression at 6 and 12 months after treatment. Any treating physician may refer his/her patient with suspected CCSVI, including but not limited to MS. After informed consent is obtained by the participating IR center, the patient is referred to a nearby MRI facility for the Haacke Protocol which will be reviewed by Haacke’s institute although the details will have to worked out at each site. If this proceeds, smoothly Dr. Haacke will not need to obtain his own separate IRB which to date has proved difficult at Wayne State because of the opposition of the neurologists there. If positive, the IR will perform catheter angiography and if appropriate venoplasty . The patients will be evaluated before and at 6 and 12 months by MRI and disability ratings.