Alport syndrome is experiencing a remarkable increase in preclinical investigations. To proactively address the needs of the Alport syndrome community, as well as offer clarity for future clinical research sponsors, the Alport Syndrome Foundation hosted a workshop to generate consensus recommendations for prospective trials for conventional drugs. Opinions of key stakeholders were carefully considered, including those of the biopharmaceutical industry representatives, academic researchers, clinicians, regulatory agency representatives, and—most critically—patients with Alport syndrome. Recommendations were established for preclinical researchers, the use and selection of biomarkers, standards of care, clinical trial designs, trial eligibility criteria and outcomes, pediatric trial considerations, and considerations for patient engagement, recruitment, and treatment. This paper outlines their recommendations.
Weinstock, B. A., Feldman, D. L., Fornoni, A., Gross, O., Kashtan, C. E., Lagas, S., … Miner, J. (2020). Clinical trial recommendations for potential Alport syndrome therapies. Kidney International, 97(6), 1109–1116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.kint.2020.02.029