MT2019-01: Adrenoleukodystrophy National Registry Study (ALD) and Biobank
In this protocol, we will enroll pediatric, adolescent and adult patients diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). These patients will include probands diagnosed by newborn screening and their relatives subsequently diagnosed, as well other patients who are diagnosed with ALD due to other presenting signs and symptoms and subsequently were confirmed to have ALD. We will ask consenting subjects to provide a medical history (with verification via medical records), to participate in a semi-annual health survey and provide consent to collect biospecimens. The overarching goal of this work is to engage with families affected by ALD and to assemble a resource of clinical, medical, and biological data that will allow of to better understand the natural history of ALD, and how this is affected by newborn screening. The initial focus will be on patients within Minnesota, but participation will be open to any family interested in the study, as this will be web-based. This registry and biobank, together with other research conducted in tandem, will possibly provide information describing the natural history of ALD and outcomes with interventions. It is anticipated that the data collected will further our understanding of the natural history of the disease, basic biology of adrenoleukodystrophy, diagnosis and outcomes. Ultimately, this research may lead to new avenues for early diagnosis and development of safer and more effective therapies for ALD.