The FLUENT MS Study is now CLOSED

Read on to learn more about what our aims and goals are with this study.

If You Are Living With Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis, You Can Help Us Turn Research Into Progress

The FLUENT MS Study is for patients who have relapsing MS and who will begin fingolimod therapy OR have been taking fingolimod therapy for at least 2 years.

The FLUENT MS Study is a clinical trial. What is a clinical trial?: A clinical trial is a research study that can help answer key questions about a condition and its treatment. It can also uncover new questions about the condition. The condition studied in the FLUENT clinical trial is multiple sclerosis (MS).

How long is the FLUENT MS Study?

Participation lasts about a year and requires 4 blood samples to be taken at baseline (your first study visit after you qualify) and approximately 3, 6, and 12 months.


What is the purpose of the FLUENT MS Study?

  1. The study will help determine how a medicine called fingolimod affects the immune system.
  2. The effect will be studied by measuring substances in the blood called biomarkers.

Why should I participate?

  1. Your participation may help other people like you in the future who have MS.

Can I take part in the FLUENT MS Study?

You may qualify if you*

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have been told by your doctor that you have relapsing MS
  • Will be prescribed fingolimod OR have been on fingolimod for at least 2 years

You may NOT take part if you

  • Have had certain types of heart disease, such as a heart attack or heart failure, in the last 6 months
  • Have had a stroke or a transient ischemic attack, also known as a “TIA”
  • Are taking certain antiarrhythmic drugs, sometimes known as heart rhythm-control drugs

Our study coordinator can tell you more about qualifying for the FLUENT MS Study (NOW CLOSED).

*Additional eligibility requirements must also be met.


Protect Against Coronavirus: Doing our Part to Help you

In these difficult times we want to share with you some brief bullet-points about Sharlin Health and Neurology and COVID-19:
  • First and foremost, we want you to know that the safety and well-being of each and every one of you is number one importance to us. If you have a chronic lung condition or another health reason that would make you susceptible to the more severe effects of the coronavirus, we want you to stay at home.
  • Sharlin Health and Neurology is considered an “essential” business because we provide critically needed care to those with neurological disease in our community. Despite the threat of the coronavirus conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, seizures, migraine, MS, and other neurological diseases do not go away. We are a privately-owned neurology practice here to serve our community.
  • We follow all CDC guidelines for protection against the dissemination of coronavirus. There have not been any known cases of coronavirus in our office, among staff and those customers who have entered our door. 
  • We have six available exam rooms in our clinic and every effort will be made to prevent patients from having to stay in our waiting room. We can move you quickly from the reception desk to a private exam room, and have the doctor meet you there.
  • If you are sequestered at home, it may be possible to visit with you by telemedicine. We have the capability of using a telemedicine portal though the smart phone or computer that is HIPAA compliant and allows us to see you and speak with you. Alternatively, we can speak by telephone. Please ask our receptionist.
  • If you do come to our clinic for a doctor visit or a need a test please do not touch any surfaces you can avoid touching, and come by yourself or – if you do need to have someone with you – have them bring you to the door and we will help you from that point. If they wait in their vehicle, we can call them when you are finished.
  • If you have had contact with a person with known or suspected COVID-19, have had contact with a person coughing or with fever in the past 14 days, or you yourself have a fever, cough, or runny nose in the past 14 days, please let us know and we will either reschedule you or schedule you a telemedicine visit. 

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 please reach out to your nearest medical center. We will not be testing patients at Sharlin Health and Neurology. 

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