Clinical Trials Allow Patients
to Try Novel Therapeutics

Clinical trials are research studies that contribute significantly to the advancement of clinical and medical knowledge concerning a disease.

The data that is collected during the course of a trial provides a deeper understanding of how to detect, prevent or treat an illness and depending upon your condition, we may recommend participation in a clinical trial.

Drs. Marlon Saria and Santosh Kesari consult with a patient

A clinical trial protocol differs from standard treatment at a doctor’s office where the goal is to diagnose and treat the disease with established therapies. Instead clinical trials involve the use of new therapies, current treatments used in an innovative way, or new surgical procedures. An Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is always obtained prior to activating a study weighing the risks and benefits of a study. The IRB ensures that the clinical trial is conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional, and ethical guidelines.

Therapeutic Opportunities for Patients

We strive to provide compassionate and state-of-the-art clinical care for each of our patients. Clinical trials bringing novel therapeutics to patients are conducted through John Wayne Cancer Institute and patients are treated in our clinics at Pacific Neuroscience Institute located at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

Dr. Garni Barkhoudarian with Nativis Patient

Dr. Garni Barkhoudarian with Nativis Patient

We provide innovative clinical trials for patients including those with primary brain tumors like glioblastoma (GBM), as well as patients with cancers that have metastasized to the brain from primary cancers such as breast, lung, and skin. In addition, studies and trials are available for other areas such as pituitary disorders, quality of life research for patients & caregivers, as well as stem cell protocols for stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Please contact our clinical trials team for a consultation with a specialist or find out if you are eligible for a clinical trial protocol.

Current Clinical Trials

Brain Tumor Center

Pituitary Disorders Center

Movement Disorders Center

Stroke & Aneurysm Center

Brain Health Center

Center for Quality and Outcomes Research (CQOR)


Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Overactive Bladder / Bioness Stimrouter Neuromodulation System

Alzheimer’s Disease / Stem Cell Treatment Trial

Lewy Body Dementia: EIP: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled 16-Week Study of the Cognitive Effects of the Oral P38 Alpha Kinase Inhibitor Neflamapimod in Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) (NCT04001517)

Recruitment Complete

Traumatic Brain Injury


Completed Study

nsbri logoNational Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) (PDF): Validation of a Cephalad Fluid Shift Countermeasure: Selection of Optimal Cuff Design Followed by ICP Measurements During Extended Cuff Application: A Study in Collaboration with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (NCT03097523)

We are currently conducting a feasibility study to determine optimal thigh cuff design using a cephalad fluid shift protocol in patients who have an intraventricular catheter (such as Ommaya reservoir) placed for the delivery of central nervous system chemotherapy or for diagnosing potential elevation of ICP. This study is in collaboration with Dr. Brandon Macias, scientist from NSBRI who is testing a device that will prevent visual impairment and intracranial pressure (VIIP) syndrome in astronauts involved in long duration space flights on the International Space Station. The current study explores a number of physiologic variables that may impact vision changes that have been reported in more than half of American astronauts after long duration space flights.

For news and stories about clinical trials, please see our Clinical Trials Round-Up Blog Series.

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