Active Research Studies Seeking Participants

The Amputee Coalition - the leading national organization for people with limb loss - recognizes the value of clinical research in identifying needs, evaluating care, and developing new technologies for people with limb loss.

PDF format requires Acrobat Reader from Adobe. Click here to download the policy that describes the application process through which Amputee Coalition may agree to participate in the recruitment of subjects for research.

If you are a researcher and wish to submit an application for Amputee Coalition’s participation in recruitment as described in the policy, please send an e-mail notification to research@amputee-coalition.org.

Projects Approved for Amputee Coalition Participation

The project(s) on this page are those who have completed all the necessary documentation to assure that the research project’s human subject protocols are approved through a recognized institution’s Institutional Review Board and has provided a statement that there are no commercial conflicts of interest. This listing does not imply endorsement of the Amputee Coalition. Research projects are listed as a service to researchers and the limb loss community. The Amputee Coalition is not responsible for the conduct of the researchers. The sponsoring institution assumes responsibility for researcher conduct.

Interested in A Self-Management Intervention for Amputees?

  • We are recruiting individuals with amputation(s) who are interested in learning how to self-manage living with an amputation and trends in current technology.
  • Participation is online.
  • Participation will range from a minimum of 1 week to 1 month (work at your own pace).
  • Participants will receive a $25 gift card after completion of each section of the study for a total of four gift cards = $100.

For Information Contact: Dr. Sandra Winkler, OTR/L
Sandra.Winkler@va.gov OR swinkler@nova.edu
561-328-7659  352-222-9106
Sponsored by AHRQ Grant # 1R24HS022021-01

Participants needed to complete on-line surveys on prosthetic use and function

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in collaboration with practitioners at Scheck and Siress Orthotics and Prosthetics, are trying to understand how different socket suspension systems affect how much you use your prosthetic, your balance confidence and your locomotor capabilities.

Your participation would involve filling out short on-line surveys from home. The total time to complete all surveys is 15-20 minutes and you will be compensated for your time.

We are looking for participants that meet the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be at least 1 year since amputation
  • Must be using current prosthetic for at least 6 months
  • Must have, or have access to an active email account
  • Must walk without the use of a cane or walker
  • Must answer yes to the following: “I can walk continuously for 6 minutes.”
  • Must not currently use a vacuum assisted socket suspension system

For further information, please contact the primary investigator, Noah Rosenblatt, PhD, at 312-996-2747.

This study is funded by the American Orthotic and Prosthetics Association

Be part of an important phantom limb pain research study

Are you at least 18 years old?

Have you had an upper or lower limb amputation for at least 12 weeks and now experience moderate pain?

If you answered YES to these questions, you may be eligible to participate in a phantom limb pain research study.

The purpose of this research study is to determine if putting local anesthetic (numbing medication) through one or two tiny tube(s) placed next to the nerve(s) that go to an amputated limb will decrease phantom limb pain. The procedure, device and infusion are all FDA approved for this purpose. Subjects may experience a decrease in the incidence (if it occurs at all), frequency (how often it occurs), duration (how long each episode lasts), and intensity (how much it hurts) of your phantom and residual limb pain. A reduction in your chronic pain may result in an improvement in how you feel about the rest of your life, including decrease in any depression. In addition, by being part of this study, you may possibly help future patients by helping us to determine if putting local anesthetic through a tiny tube next to the nerves that go to an amputated limb decreases phantom limb pain. Participants will receive $100 following each catheter insertion plus $50/ day during the 6-day infusion(s). Compensation will be mailed via the United States Postal Service following catheter removal.

This study is being conducted at Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44195. Other sites also available are University of California in San Diego, California; Walter Reed Army National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland; Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, California and Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California.

Please call Alparslan Turan, MD (216) 445-9857, Srinivasa Govindarajan, MD (216) 445-5085 or (216) 445-6500 for more information.

Participants Needed for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Clinical Trial

Biomet® Biologics is seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical trial to study the safety and effectiveness of a investigational treatment to prevent or delay amputation in patients with a severe form of PAD known as Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI).

Participants will receive either the investigational treatment or a placebo treatment for their condition and attend office visits at weeks 6, 12, 24, 36 and 52, with phone calls occurring at weeks 3, 9, 18, 30 and 44.

The cost of the procedure and follow up clinic visits are covered by the study sponsor. Compensation may be provided for travel-related expenses associated with follow up visits.

For more information about this study, please visit www.padstudy.org or, if you prefer to speak to a live operator, please call 1-877-788-3972.

Volunteers needed for a study on balance and falling

Researchers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Virginia Tech are conducting a telephone survey among lower limb amputees to better understand the causes and circumstances of falls.

We are looking for volunteers who:

  • are between the ages of 18 and 50
  • have an amputation in only one leg

If you have any questions or are willing to participate, please email your first name and phone number to falling.study@gmail.com or call 1-877-495-1556.

Analysis of Biofeedback as a Therapeutic Intervention for Post-Amputation Pain

Post-amputation pain (PAP) is highly prevalent in all types of amputations, and often a prominent factor in disability, yet we know very little about its pathopsychology. Our preliminary data indicate that PAP subjects usually have autonomic dysregulation in the residual limb and that thermal biofeedback with relaxation training can result in dramatic pain relief in many PAP subjects through the potential mechanism of decreasing sympathetic drive to pathologically sensitized tissue. The preponderance of recent biofeedback literature supports change in self-efficacy and locus of control as the primary therapeutic processes involved in biofeedback associated with pain relief, and it is likely that these cognitive changes account for some of the improvements seen in PAP. However, we hypothesize that enhanced self-efficacy accounts for only a portion of the improvement in pain in post-amputation subjects, and that improvement also correlates strongly and specifically with measurable physiologic changes, especially a diminution in sympathetic efferent tone. In this proposed research, we will assess the relative contribution of cognitive behavioral changes (i.e., self-efficacy) and objective physiologic changes (i.e., vasomotor tone) to decreased pain in PAP during the process of mastering thermal biofeedback, a model for quantitatively and simultaneously assessing a mind-body therapeutic interaction.

We hypothesize that thermal biofeedback and relaxation training will effectively decrease post-amputation pain through the intermediary of "mind" (cognitive, specifically self-efficacy) and "body" (physiologic, specifically decreased sympathetic discharge into an adrenergically sensitized residual limb). Self-efficacy will be shown to have a significant impact on the relationship between biofeedback and pain ratings.

For information regarding participation in this study, please contact Dr. R. Norman Harden at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at nharden@ric.org.

Hand Transplantation for the Reconstruction of Below Elbow Amputations

Researchers at Emory University Hospital (Atlanta, Georgia) and the Atlanta VA Medical Center are actively recruiting patients for a study evaluating Hand Transplantation as a potential therapy for the replacement of hand(s) loss. Specifically, we are seeking patients who may be interested in being considered for a hand transplant and participating in a clinical trial designed to determine whether a transplanted hand(s) can help amputees perform their activities of daily living better than an artificial limb prosthesis.

Hand transplantation, like other forms of organ transplantation, requires a major surgical procedure and drug therapy for life after the procedure to maintain the function of the transplanted hand. As such, patients will need to undergo many tests to determine whether they are appropriate for this new therapy prior to being accepted as a trial participant.

If you think that you might be interested in being considered for this study, or if you would like additional information about hand transplantation, please contact Dr. Linda Cendales at 404/727-1731; e-mail: lcendal@emory.edu or Beth Begley, RN at 404/712-1114; email: beth.begley@emoryhealthcare.org.

Additional information about this study can be found at clinicaltrials.gov, trial reference number: NCT0077885.

Learn more about the Amputee Coalition's involvement in research

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