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Obesity clinical trials at UCSD
23 in progress, 7 open to new patients

  • An ACT-enhanced Weight Management and Fitness Program for Navy Personnel

    open to eligible people ages 18-69

    The proposed study is a cohort-randomized controlled trial of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-enhanced ShipShape (ACT+SS) compared to the standard ShipShape-only program, for overweight or obese Navy personnel.

    San Diego, California and other locations

  • Cue-Reward Learning and Weight Gain in Youth

    open to eligible people ages 8-11

    The objective of the study is to compare children at low risk for obesity (two healthy weight parents) to children at high risk for obesity (two overweight parents) in their response rate to food taste and in their rate of learning using fMRI.

    La Jolla, California

  • FRESH-DOSE: Families Responsibility Education Support Health—Dual Options for Sustained Effectiveness

    open to eligible people ages 7-12

    The objective of the study is to evaluate whether a less intensive intervention, Guided Self-Help Family Based Treatment (gshFBT), is non-inferior to the more intensive Family Based Treatment (FBT) for childhood obesity on child weight loss over 18-months. Cost-effectiveness of both treatments will also be compared.

    La Jolla, California

  • Guided Self-Help Obesity Treatment in the Doctor's Office - GOT Doc

    open to eligible people ages 5-13

    One-third of our nations' children are overweight or obese (OW/OB). The cornerstone of obesity treatment involves intensive family-based behavioral therapy, yet these programs often exist in tertiary care academic settings that have long wait lists and are too far away for families to access. Primary care providers (PCP) have been called on by several organizations to be the front line of obesity management, yet they are limited by a lack of time, resources, and skills. Thus, if we are to offer effective obesity management in the healthcare setting, other care models need to be developed and tested. The goal of this proposal is to deliver Guided Self-Help (GSH) treatment of childhood obesity in the primary care setting. This program relies on classic behavioral therapy strategies, self-regulation theory, and provides the support needed for patient/family self-management of weight loss. Implementing this program in the primary care setting will increase our ability to deliver nutrition and weight-related counseling in the primary care office and serve patients closer to home, thereby increasing access to effective treatment, improving adherence to recommended changes, and meeting the goals of Healthy People 2020.

    La Jolla, California

  • Reinforced Enhanced - Families Responsibility Education Support and Health

    open to eligible people ages 7-12

    The purpose of this application is to evaluate whether a pediatric weight control program that incorporates comprehensive parenting training with behavioral therapy can increase weight loss in children compared to traditional family-based behavioral therapy programs. Since certain parenting styles are associated with greater weight loss during interventions and appear to enhance the impact of key behavioral strategies, adding parenting training to these interventions may increase the overall effectiveness of these programs and increase our ability to help children obtain a healthy weight. This project could result in identifying an improved method of pediatric obesity treatment that provides additional benefits to the growth and development of children via improved self-regulatory behaviors.

    La Jolla, California

  • Transvaginal NOTES Sleeve Gastrectomy

    open to eligible females ages 18-75

    This is a prospective chart review/data collection study of natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) for sleeve gastrectomy, that will include questionnaires administered throughout the study. Subjects enrolled will be those intending to have a transvaginal NOTES sleeve gastrectomy. Data will be collected and reviewed through 12 months post-op.

    San Diego, California

  • UCSD Get Fit, Be Fit Study

    open to eligible people ages 21 years and up

    The purpose of the Get Fit, Be Fit Study is to examine the effect of incorporating pistachios in an intensive 4-month cognitive-behavioral weight loss intervention in overweight and obese men and women, to examine effects on metabolic factors, and to monitor and examine changes in dietary intake and food choices during the intervention, in a randomized controlled study.

    La Jolla, California

  • CHARGE: Controlling Hunger and ReGulating Eating

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    The objectives of this proposed study are: 1) to evaluate feasibility and acceptability of a novel intervention, Regulation of Cues (ROC), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and 2) to evaluate the efficacy of both treatments on reduction of binge eating and weight loss among 120 Veterans with subclinical or clinical Binge Eating Disorder (BED) with comorbid overweight/obesity (OW/OB).

    La Jolla, California

  • Extracellular microRNA: Biomarkers of Endothelial Dysfunction in Obese Adolescents & Adults With Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    Using a prospective observational approach and a clinical trial design comparing the effectiveness of continuous positive airway pressure to diet and exercise, investigators plan to evaluate how obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) leads to endothelial dysfunction in adolescents and young adults and whether treatment of OSA can improve endothelial dysfunction. Concurrently, investigators will measure miR 92a/miR 210 levels in all subjects at baseline and following therapy to determine whether miR 92a/miR 210 levels reliably predict endothelial dysfunction in patients and responses to therapy.

  • FRESH-TEEN: Families Responsibility Education Support Health for Teens

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    The objective of this proposed study is to collect initial efficacy data on a behavioral weight loss (BWL) program for teens, which also includes emotion regulation strategies (ER), to standard BWL.

    La Jolla, California and other locations

  • Metabolomic Profiling in Adolescents With Obesity and Diabetes

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The purpose of this study is to identify unique metabolite signatures associated with the development of Type 2 diabetes and diabetic kidney disease in children. We have a sub-study, with the purpose to validate the presence of a genetic marker (DENND1A) in the urine of adolescent females with polycystic ovarian syndrome.

    San Diego, California

  • Modeling the Neurological Basis and Characterizing the Neurological Phenotype of Obesity Using Human Neural Stem Cells

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    This study aims to characterize the neurological basis of obesity and response to surgical and medical treatment by inducing adult pluripotent stem cells into neuronal cells from subjects that have demonstrated extreme response to bariatric surgery or pharmacological treatment for obesity.

  • Multi-component Intervention for Diabetes in Adults With Serious Mental Illness

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    Persons with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses have a high risk for type 2 diabetes and an increased risk of premature mortality compared to the general population. The goals of the proposed study are to implement a multimodal lifestyle intervention to reduce that risk in these individuals living in residential care facilities, a common housing modality for people with serious mental illnesses. If successful, this intervention will lead to reduction in excess medical comorbidity and mortality in persons with serious mental illnesses.

    La Jolla, California

  • Novel Executive Function Training for Obesity

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    Currently, the best behavioral treatments for obesity only work for 50% of adults, and of those who initially succeed, most do not maintain their weight loss. One reason for this failure may be due to neurocognitive deficits found among individuals with obesity, particularly related to executive function, which make it difficult for these adults to adhere to treatment recommendations. The proposed study aims to develop a Novel Executive Function Treatment (NEXT), which when administered prior to the behavioral treatment, could help improve outcomes by addressing the neurocognitive deficits in adults with overweight or obesity.

  • PACIFIC: Providing Adults Collaborative Interventions For Ideal Changes

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The objective of this proposed study is to collect initial efficacy data on ROC and ROC + BWL compared to an active comparator (AC) and to BWL.

    La Jolla, California

  • Pelvic Radiation Therapy or Vaginal Implant Radiation Therapy, Paclitaxel, and Carboplatin in Treating Patients With High-Risk Stage I or Stage II Endometrial Cancer

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    This randomized phase III trial studies pelvic radiation therapy to see how well it works compared with vaginal implant radiation therapy, paclitaxel, and carboplatin in treating patients with high-risk stage I or stage II endometrial cancer. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Implant radiation therapy uses radioactive material placed directly into or near a tumor to kill tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as paclitaxel and carboplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. It is not yet known whether pelvic radiation therapy alone is more effective than vaginal implant radiation therapy, paclitaxel, and carboplatin in treating patients with endometrial cancer.

    San Diego, California and other locations

  • Pivotal Aspiration Therapy With Adjusted Lifestyle Therapy Study

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    This research study is being performed to find out if a new device, AspireAssist Aspiration Therapy System, can help people with obesity to lose weight without causing too many side effects.

    San Diego, California and other locations

  • The Effects of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and Increased Weight on Gut Microbiome and Urine Metabolome Profiles in Children

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    This study employs a cross-sectional design to profile the gut microbiome and urine metabolome in overweight/obese children with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

    San Diego, California

  • The Impact of Time Restricted Feeding (TRF) in Improving the Health of Patients With Metabolic Syndrome

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The investigators intend to measure the health impact of a dietary intervention known as time restricted feeding (TRF) on patients with metabolic syndrome (three or more of: increased waist circumference, abnormal cholesterol levels, elevated blood pressure, or elevated blood sugar). The investigators will enroll patients with metabolic syndrome who eat for ≥ 14 hours per day and will ask participants to reduce daily oral intake to 10 hours per day. The investigators will assess the impact of this dietary change using measures obtained before and after a 12 week intervention period, including body mass index, blood pressure, various lab parameters and blood sugar levels (assessed using a continuous glucose monitor). The investigators will assess for compliance with TRF using a Smart Phone application (myCircadianClock (mCC) app).

    La Jolla, California

  • Unidas Por la Vida: A Healthy Lifestyle Intervention for High-risk Latina Dyads

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    Mexican American women have significantly elevated rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The proposed study tests a novel intervention that capitalizes on an existing important family dyad (mothers and their adult daughters) to foster clinically significant and long-lasting health behavior change. If found to effective, this intervention strategy has great potential to address health disparities in this, and other, at-risk populations.

  • Vestibular Stimulation to Trigger Adipose Loss (VeSTAL) Clinical Trial

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    A randomized, double blind sham controlled clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of vestibular nerve stimulation (VeNS), combined with a lifestyle modification program, compared to a sham control and a lifestyle modification program as a means of reducing excess body weight and body fat. The purpose of this investigation device study is to collect data to support regulatory submissions, primarily in the United States of America (USA), but it may also be used to support submissions in other regions, including the European Union (EU).

    La Jolla, California and other locations

  • Vestibular Stimulation to Trigger Adipose Loss Clinical Trial

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    There is an ongoing and worsening problem with obesity in the developed, and much of the developing world. Although it has long been realized that Western diets that are rich in sugar and fat play an important role in this, it has only recently been realized that exposure to these diets, particularly in childhood, can damage the part of the brain that determines how much fat there is in the body. The result of this damage is that the so-called "set-point" for fat in this part of the brain is pushed upwards. There is a lot of evidence from animals that activating the brain's balance (vestibular) system pushes this set-point for fat downwards to cause fat loss, probably because this tricks the brain into thinking that the animal is more physically active. The aim of this study is to see whether the same effect can be triggered in humans by non-invasively stimulating the vestibular system with a small electrical current through the skin behind their ears.

    San Diego, California

  • Weight Management in Mothers and Adult Daughters

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    The purpose of this study is to develop, implement, and evaluate a behavioral weight management intervention with a communication training component for Mexican-American women. The study has three specific aims. Aim 1: Develop a behavioral weight loss intervention that modifies evidence-based behavioral weight loss treatment using results from formative data collected from Mexican-American mother-daughter dyads. The adapted intervention will focus on improving dyadic communication and collaboration for providing reciprocal support for healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. Aim 2: Implement and evaluate a pilot weight management program adapted for mother-daughter dyads. Dyads will be randomly assigned to partner-based treatment with or without communication skills training. Aim 3: Evaluate associations between changes in weight, weight-related behaviors, and psychosocial variables with changes in measures assessing interpersonal communication.

    La Jolla, California

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