[Vabs] Fwd: Local Study on Sleep and Blindness

Corbbmacc O'Connor corbbo at gmail.com
Tue Oct 5 03:09:01 UTC 2010

This is not an endorsement, but just spreading the word about this study.

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From: Sara Dale <Sara.Dale at vandapharma.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 4:33 PM
Subject: Local Study on Sleep and Blindness

I am from Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a Biotech Company in Rockville, MD.
I see that we have reach out to you in the past and I am emailing
today because we are trying to reach out to blind individuals and
would like to know if you would be willing to help us.  I believe that
some student or alumni members of the Virginia Association of Blind
Students may be interested in learning about our effort to better
understand sleep problems in people who are totally blind.

We are currently launching clinical trials to test a new experimental
treatment for blind individuals who suffer from a sleep disorder known
as Non-24 Hour Sleep Wake Disorder. In the US, this disorder affects
approximately 65,000 totally blind individuals who have this disorder
because they lack the light sensitivity necessary to reset their “body
clock”.  Would you be willing to send an announcement about our
clinical trials?  Do you have an email list through which we could
send information?

--We define being totally blind as the subject having no perception of
light by their own report.

--Travel assistance will be provided, but it will be considered on an
individual basis following a successful screening to determine if the
subject meets criteria to participate in the trial.

The best way for all interested subjects to get in contact with a site
near them is to call 1-888-389-7033, M-F 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET.  This
call will gather information regarding the subject's location and it
will help us to determine which site is closest to the subject.

I am also able to provide Braille versions of the announcement. Please
let me know if you have any remaining questions or if you would like a
Braille version of the announcement.

We gladly welcome the opportunity to talk to you about our plans and
to learn more about you and your organization. We also would
appreciate if you could pass this information along to other
individuals in your organization and your community who may be
interested by this research.

Below is an announcement about upcoming sleep studies that some
totally blind individuals may be interested in.  I have also attached
a PDF of this announcement.

Clinical Research Study Recruitment

Blind individuals with no light perception needed.

A local doctor is conducting research to evaluate a new
investigational treatment for insomnia and daytime sleepiness in
totally blind individuals.

Individuals may qualify who:

• are between 18 and 75 years of age

• are blind with no light perception

• have trouble sleeping at night or experience daytime sleepiness

Qualified participants will receive study medication and study-related
medical evaluation at no cost.

For more information: Call 1-888-389-7033 M-F 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET

Thank you for your time!


Sara Dale

Clinical Research Associate

9605 Medical Center Dr

Suite 300

Rockville, MD 20850

Tel: 240.599.4523

Mobile: 301.768.6036

Fax: 301.294.1900

Email: sara.dale at vandapharma.com
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