Research Studies to Join2018-11-05T02:34:59+00:00

Mark VCID Study

(Mentioned in CADASIL care webcast)
An observational research study at the University of California San Francisco is seeking participation by CADASIL patients. The study is being conducted by Drs. Joel Kramer and Fanny Elahi for the MarkVCID study, a longitudinal study developing novel neuroimaging and serological biomarkers to improve early detection and diagnosis of cerebrovascular disease. Annual participation requires 2 days of testing that do not have to be consecutive. Study tests include MRI, blood draw, retinal imaging, cognitive testing, and physician visit.

Participation requirements include:

* confirmed CADASIL diagnosis (by genetic test or skin biopsy)
* ability to travel to study location (no reimbursement available)
* ability to cooperate with and understand medical tests
* no pacemakers or metal implants

For additional information on participation please contact:


NIH/NHLBI CADASIL Disease Discovery Study

This study is sponsored by the NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The study is currently recruiting and ongoing. Adults age 18 years and older can join. See more information at the link below and contact Elisa Ferrante, PhD at 301-451-3457 or to see if you are eligible to join.

CADASIL Disease DIcovery Study

The CADASIL Family Registry

Other known studies worldwide:

Understanding Clinical Trials

What is a clinical trial?

Although there are many definitions of clinical trials, they are generally considered to be biomedical or health-related research studies in human beings that follow a pre-defined protocol. includes both interventional and observational types of studies globally. Interventional studies are those in which the research subjects are assigned by the investigator to a treatment or other intervention, and their outcomes are measured. Observational studies are those in which individuals are observed and their outcomes are measured by the investigators.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.

Who can participate in a clinical trial?

All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate. Using inclusion/exclusion criteria is an important principle of medical research that helps to produce reliable results. The factors that allow someone to participate in a clinical trial are called “inclusion criteria” and those that disallow someone from participating are called “exclusion criteria”. These criteria are based on such factors as age, gender, the type and stage of a disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. Before joining a clinical trial, a participant must qualify for the study. Some research studies seek participants with illnesses or conditions to be studied in the clinical trial, while others need healthy participants. It is important to note that inclusion and exclusion criteria are not used to reject people personally. Instead, the criteria are used to identify appropriate participants and keep them safe. The criteria help ensure that researchers will be able to answer the questions they plan to study.

Questions about clinical trials?

Read personal stories of people who participated in clinical trials