Tribe Feed Forums 2024 Insight Clinical Trials process and what’s involved for patients | Dr Kelly Bertram

  • Melissa McConaghy

    11/04/2024 at 8:17 am

    Many thanks to Kelly for her presentation.

    For any comments or questions, please add them here so that we can forward them on to the speaker.

    • Colin Passmore

      03/05/2024 at 1:00 pm

      I have been diagnosed with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) similar to Parkinson’s. Does anyone know of any studies for this condition? I am thinking of stem cell treatment (offshore) and wonder if there is any value in this?

  • Pamela Woodworth

    11/04/2024 at 10:34 am

    Excellent presentation, thank you!


    11/04/2024 at 10:35 am

    Really loved this. just a great overview for those of us a long time out of uni. Thank you

  • Gregg Nichols

    11/04/2024 at 10:36 am

    Is there a negative impact from higher levels of iron in the blood?

    • Sarah473452 hozack

      11/04/2024 at 12:20 pm

      Hey Gregg, Thanks for your question. On behalf of Kelly, she says the following:
      There are some medical conditions that lead to very high levels of iron in the blood and therefore accumulation in some body organs, in particular haemochromatosis. Treatment for this condition involves removing some blood, such as through blood donation, or using an iron cheltor medication to help the body remove iron. Iron levels within the brain have been shown to be higher in some diseases like Parkinson’s disease, however this is not necessarily associated with high iron levels in the blood but is due to local metabolism and other functions of nerve cells in the brain.

      Whether reducing iron levels altered neurological disease is not known, there are some clinical trials occurring in this space to answer this question. These need to be monitored carefully as there are real risks associated with iron deficiency states, or low iron, in the blood. It is not recommended to use these types of treatments or aim for an iron deficiency state outside a clinical trial as low iron levels can promote fatigue, neuropathy (nerve ending damage) and muscle weakness which may worsen balance and contribute to other significant medical conditions.

  • Kerry Bacon

    11/04/2024 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks Kelly,

    So much information, covering so many factors, but at least your team are moving forward and giving those with PD hope.


  • Carol Townsend

    11/04/2024 at 6:38 pm

    Very interesting. I have PD and interested in taking part in clinical trials but don’t believe in animal experiments for ethical reasons, particularly on primates but also for the reason (as seen in one of the trials above), they are not always an indicator of how drugs will behave in the human model and inaccurate. Are there trials I could become involved in that don’t use animals?

  • Carol Byrne

    13/04/2024 at 9:29 pm

    Fabulous presentation. Thank you for your time and continued success in this area.

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