Clinical Trials

The mission of the Barth Syndrome Foundation (BSF) is: Saving lives through education, advances in treatment, and finding a cure for Barth syndrome. In order to fulfill that mission the membership of BSF will necessarily have to be involved in clinical trials or clinical studies as they occur. BSF seeks to encourage voluntary participation in clinical trials by its membership in a general sense, but is prohibited from endorsing any particular trial or study. BSF will strive to provide as much information to its membership as it is able, and BSF will advertise the availability to voluntarily participate in clinical trials or studies as they occur. In the final analysis the decision to participate in clinical trials or studies is up to the individual or the individual’s parents/guardians.

Effects of Resistance Exercise Training on Cardiac, Metabolic and Muscle Function and Quality of Life in Barth Syndrome Identifier: NCT01629459

Barth syndrome (BTHS) is a disorder that is characterized by heart failure, exercise intolerance and skeletal muscle weakness. Preliminary evidence demonstrates that endurance exercise training does not significantly improve exercise tolerance in BTHS. Because endurance exercise training targets a metabolic pathway that is adversely affected by BTHS, the investigators hypothesized that resistance training may improve exercise tolerance in BTHS because this type of training targets a different metabolic pathway than does endurance exercise. Therefore, the overall objective of the pilot/feasibility/proof-of-concept proposal is to collect preliminary data on the following hypothesis: Supervised resistance exercise training (3x/wk, 45min, 12 wks) will improve exercise tolerance, heart function, muscle strength and quality of life, and will be found safe in adolescents and young adults with BTHS.


William T Cade, PT, PhD (Telephone) 314-286-1432 (Email)

Kathryn Bohnert, MS (Telephone) 314-362-2407 (Email)

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