Trial news

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'Dumbo Octopus' by NOAA Ocean Exploration on flickr. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

We have reached 219 participants screened and 165 randomised! Special recognition goes out to Belfast City Hospital and University Hospital Southampton Octopus site staff who have been consistently randomising participants every month! This means we have screened enough participants to cover one arm of the trial (>125). Octopus is on track to successfully randomise 375 pa ...

We have reached 187 participants screened and 135 randomised! This means we have screened enough participants to cover one arm of the trial (>125). Sites are making good progress as Queen's Medical Centre (Nottingham) who opened December 2023 have already screened 2 participants. Octopus is on track to successfully randomise 375 participants for the Analysis Stage 1. Che ...

On the 29th of November 2023, at the MS Research conference in Perth, Australia, it was announced that people with progressive MS in Australia will be able to join Platypus (PLatform Adaptive Trial for remYelination and neuroProtection in mUltiple Sclerosis). Platypus is an extension of Octopus and is funded by MS Western Australia and MS Australia. For more information, visi ...

A four-part series about the Octopus trial has been produced by the Trial Talk podcast at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL. The episodes explore the trial from different perspectives by talking to neurologists, MS experts and people affected by MS. You can listen to the episodes in SoundCloud, Spotify, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts. ...

As previously reported in February by Susan Scott, one of our patient representatives, Octopus had a presence at the International Advisory Committee meeting on Clinical Trials in MS in Toronto in December 2022. Following this meeting, a publication has been drafted and published on Participant involvement in Octopus.  This is alongside four further publications published foll ...

Octopus is funded by the MS Society