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VCP Research Programs

The research tools and programs of Cure VCP Disease are centered around the four pillars of our research strategy and our vision of making treatments available to patients affected by a pathogenic variant in the VCP/p97 gene.

Clinical Trial Readiness

We collaborate with partners to power the understanding of the disease's progression, capture the patient's perspective, and establish clinical endpoints.

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Master Protocol
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Master Protocol in Development:

  • Design a master protocol for clinical trials with the input of patients and clinicians.

  • Develop a clinical network in several locations

  • Establish a relationship with FDA advisors

Longitudinal Natural History Study

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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Longitudinal Study:

  • 40 participants, two years of data collected

  • Functional measures, including strength & movement, cognitive.tests, and patient reported data

  • Remote and in-clinic assessments

  • Progression measured is sufficiently sufficient for endpoints

Emmes Video Scorecard:

  • 17 participants, 3 timepoints

  • Assessments complete

  • Creating custom VCP Video Scorecard


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Current Biomarker Collaboration:

  • Analyze patient blood samples (from 0, 12, and 24 months) collected during the Longitudinal Study

  • Blood assays in UPLC/MS for VCP levels, FGF21, Neurofilament light chain, TDP43P

Potential Biomarker Collaboration:

  • Proteomics

  • Transcriptomics

Gene Editing Therapy

Small Molecules


NCATS Collaboration on phenotypic screening using muscle organoids

Industry Interactions

  • VCP modulation 

  • TDP43 aggregatio

  • Stress granules assay 


Prime gene editing with Genethon:

  • A joint effort between Cure VCP Disease and Genethon

  • PI: Isabelle Richard at Genethon

Point gene editing with Nationwide:​

  • Young Investigator Eleonora D’Ambrosio

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Treatment Discovery

Our collaborations leverage small molecules & DNA/RNA modulations.

Regulatory & Industry

We offer programs to drive awareness and support education for FDA, clinicians, and patients.

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Contact Armelle Pindon, Ph.D. to learn more about our research programs and collaboration opportunities.

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