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Spine Clinical Trials

What is a clinical trial?

Washington University Department of Neurosurgery Spine faculty are involved with ongoing studies to better treat patients with spine related pathology. These studies are designed to compare different treatment options or drugs to help improve the way we treat degenerative spine conditions or traumatic spinal cord injury. Your participation in a clinical trial is completely voluntary and will not impact the care you receive. If you decide to participate you can withdraw at any time. Only you and your physician can decide if you are eligible for a clinical trial and not all spine disorders are eligible for participation.

Why participate?

Clinical trials offer new cutting edge treatment options and/or medications that may improve your outcome from your individual spinal disorder. These trials take advantage of existing standard of care treatment and combine new strategies to improve your individual outcome. There is no way to be sure that the new treatment will improve your specific pathology but participation will provide the opportunity to be involved with new treatment options not currently available.


If you are interested in participating or learning more about your eligibility for a clinical trial, discuss with your doctor whether a clinical trial is appropriate for you. If you have questions or want more information, please call Melissa Beck at 314-362-3114.

Our current trials include:

Diffusion Tensor Imaging to Assess the Functional Outcomes of Adults With Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries NCT01712698

InVivo acute spinal cord injury trial

Nerve Transfers for Spinal Cord Injuries NCT0171434

Use of riluzole in spinal cord injury

Use of Asubio in spinal cord injury