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Testing a New Drug to Enhance Arteries & Vascular Blood Flow

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On June 11th, 2018, I was called by the General Hospital in conjunction with the VA Hospital to see if I could sign onto a drug test. I met Danny and Marian and they went over the forms and what was expected of me during the research project. I originally started this test with a drug created by Merck. The test fell through when the money for the test project fell through. This new test will also consist of a new way to inject the medication. A new fancy automatic injection one takes in the stomach.

I so far, met the criteria as having excellent kidney and liver function. My plateletss were normal and a blood draw was taken, seven vials. I was told next time I came in they would take around 12 or more vials of blood. These vials were taken on June 25th, 2018.

It will be a blind test and I was told the medication is given with an injection twice in three months. They said part of the testing was to see if the medication helped older people fight off age related health problems such as strokes.

If I am considered for this research project, I will do numerous types of tests such as a scan of the left and right temples, a PET Scan (A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is a type of imaging test. It uses a radioactive substance called a tracer to look for disease in the body. A PET scan shows how organs and tissues are working), testing of blood vessels in the arms and so on. I did ask if anything was found in any of these tests, would my doctor and I be made aware of the results in case they were negative. They said of course. So that is a good reason to do these research projects, not only does it help many people but I can have multiple tests I normally do not get so I am able to ascertain my health conditions in a timely manner.

I also will have a Doppler Ultrasound on both upper arms to determine the blood flow and the health of the vascular network. A Doppler ultrasound is a test that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to measure the amount of blood flow through your arteries and veins, usually those that supply blood to your arms and legs.

A Transcranial doppler ultrasound (TCD) is a safe, non-invasive way of investigating the circulation in your head. It measures the speed and direction of blood flow around the base of your brain, and can be a useful diagnostic test if you have a circulation disorder. The San Francisco General Hospital's Neurology Department will do a TCD Scan on Both Temples for the study of blood flow to the brain usint the following methods.

A headband is placed on the head with contacts on the temples. This device directs high-frequency sound waves to the arteries being tested. A Blood pressure cuff is placed on the left arm. A gas is breathed in to facilitate the viewing of the vascular blood flow and the level of the blood pressure.

I will also have multiple appointments for Neuocognitive Testing including memory, verbal, and various other methods used to determine one's cognitive abillities.



The following: Times - Dates - Information - to be updated when the Project is Approved


VA Hospital

My doctor is: New Doctor

Members of the team at the General Hospital

Marian Kerbliski is the intermediary: 1.415.415.4082 - X 144

Danny Li is the Study Coordinator: 415.206.5801

Medical Doctor in Testing:

  • Priscilla Hsue, MD
  • 1001 Potrero Avenue 561
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Fax: 1.415.206.5447

John Park: 415.206.5461

Sophia Hur: 415.206.5125

Becky Hoh: 415.476.4082 X139

------------------ Dates for Research Projects ------------------


date xx.xx.2018

9:00 a.m. appointment at General Hospital for a Blood Draw and specifics about the research project. 5th Floor - 5G


date xx.xx.2018

The research project lead, Danny, called today to informed me I qualified for the research project. He indicated that I probably would get the actual medicine being tested, not the placebo!


date xx.xx.2018

8:00 a.m. appointment at General Hospital for a Blood Draw, 15 vials of blood - 4th Floor.

09:00 a.m. appointment at General Hospital Neurology Department for the first sonar on Both Temples for the study of blood flow to the brain.

   A headband is placed on the head with contacts on the temples. This device directs high-frequency sound waves to the arteries being tested.

   Blood pressure cuff is placed on the left arm.

   A gas is breathed in to facilitate the viewing of the vascular blood flow and the level of the blood pressure.

10:00 a.m. appointment for Neuocognitive Testing including memory, verbal, and various other methods used to determine one's cognitive abillities.



Created on: 2018.06.12
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