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Now is the time to join the many other people who are helping porphyria researchers find new treatments leading to a cure.

In most research studies, you will not be asked to take an experimental drug, rather, you will be asked to contribute your blood , DNA and/or urine and answer pertinent questions.

Please see the list and parameters below and contact Desiree at the APF if you are interested or have questions. You will be placed in direct contact with the research team:

To be eligible for the Longitudinal Study of the Porphyrias:
  1. Must have a confirmed diagnosis of one of the porphyria
  2. It is preferable if patients are able to come to a participating center to be clinically evaluated (through insurance if possible)
  3. If patients cannot come to a center they can be seen by a local physician and have their records sent to a participating center along with the necessary samples (DNA, porphyria labs, etc)

To participate in the following studies the patient MUST already be in the Longitudinal Study:
  1. Erythropoietic Protoporphyrias: Studies of the Natural History, Genotype-Phenotype Correlations, and Psychosocial Impact
  2. Mitoferrin-1 Expression in Patients with Erythropoietic Protoporphyria
  3. Quantification of the Effects of Isoniazid Treatment in Erythrocyte and Plasma Protoporphyrin IX Concentration and Plasma Aminolevulinic Acid in Patients with Erythropoietic Protoporphyria

To participate in Clinical Diagnosis of Acute Porphyrias, there are two parts:

  1.  Part 1 is looking for 1st degree relatives of patients with confirmed DNA diagnoses of the acute porphyrias (the patients who are subsequently diagnosed with an acute porphyria through this study are then eligible to participate in the Longitudinal Study)-We are only recruiting for this part right now
  2. Part 2 is looking for patients with mild elevations in urine porphyrins and symptoms consistent with acute porphyria but who do not have a confirmed diagnosis yet (again, patients who are subsequently diagnosed with an acute porphyria through this study are then eligible to participate in the Longitudinal Study) 
**For this study, patients do not need to visit a participating center but it is preferred that they do.

To participate in Hydroxychloroquine vs. phlebotomy for porphyria cutanea tarda :

  1.  Patients must have a biochemically confirmed diagnosis of PCT, these patients are also eligible to be in the Longitudinal Study however it is not required that they be in the Longitudinal Study to be in this study
  2. They must also be over 18 years of age and willing to take precautions to prevent pregnancy
  3. For this study the patients need to visit a participating center

There are also several new studies that have been added, namely, a study with Panhematin and research for X linked EPP.   Go to more info and directions on getting involved in these studies.

"Remember.....Research is the key to your cure!"


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