for people ages 40-79 (full criteria)
at Sacramento, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion



This study will assess the safety and tolerability of daily oral administration of nilotinib (150-300mg once daily) in Parkinson's Disease.

Official Title

A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Phase IIa, Parallel Group, Two Cohort Study to Define the Safety, Tolerability, Clinical and Exploratory Biological Activity of the Chronic Administration of Nilotinib in Participants With Parkinson's Disease


The purpose of this study is to determine if nilotinib is safe, if it can be tolerated by patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and to learn if nilotinib has the possibility of effectively treating PD symptoms. Nilotinib has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain types of cancer (leukemia) but is considered investigational in this study because it has not been approved for treating PD. Twenty-five sites will enroll participants into 2 cohorts,approximately 75 in Cohort 1 and 60 in Cohort 2. Participants with moderate to advanced PD symptoms will be enrolled in Cohort 1, randomly assigned to take nilotinib (150 mg or 300mg) or placebo, and will complete 13 in-person study visits over 8.5 months.

The results from Cohort 1 will determine if either dose of nilotinib (150mg or 300 mg) is safe and tolerable enough to move forward and evaluate in Cohort 2. If either dose is found to be safe and tolerable, participants with early PD will be enrolled into Cohort 2.

Participants in Cohort 2 will be randomly assigned to either nilotinib (dose to be determined from Cohort 1 results) or placebo and will complete 17 in-person visits over 14.5 months. For both cohorts, the study visits will include clinical assessment of motor, neuropsychiatric and cognitive testing as well as collection of blood and cerebral spinal fluid, collected by lumbar puncture.

This study will also evaluate if nilotinib can help improve motor symptoms associated with PD. All participants in Cohort 1 and participants in Cohort 2 who have started PD medications will have an assessment of the motor exam (Part III) in a practically defined OFF state (12 hours post dose) and ON state (at least one-hour post dose).


Parkinson Disease Northwestern Nilotinib USA NILO-PD Cohort 1:Nilotinib Oral Capsules (150mg or 300mg) Cohort 2: Nilotinib Oral Capsules (dose to be determined from Cohort 1)


You can join if…

Open to people ages 40-79

; Cohort 1 and 2:

  1. Idiopathic PD based on the UK Brain Bank diagnostic criteria.
  2. Any race and either gender, age 40-79
  3. Able to read and understand English with the capacity to provide voluntary informed consent by signing the informed consent form (ICF)
  4. Willing to comply with all study procedures including multiple multiple lumbar punctures (LP)
  5. Must be on a stable regimen of central nervous system acting medications (if applicable) for at least 30 days prior to the baseline visit (e.g., benzodiazepines, antidepressants, hypnotics)

Inclusion criteria specific for Cohort 1:

6a. Diagnosis of PD duration > 5 year

7a. Hoehn & Yahr scale (H&Y) stage > 2 and < 4 in the ON state

8a. Must be on a stable regimen of PD medications, that includes levodopa, for at least 30 days prior to the screening visit A. Treatment with monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) inhibitors will be allowed provided the dose has been stable for 60 days prior to baseline

Inclusion criteria specific for Cohort 2:

6b. Diagnosis of PD duration < 3 years

7b. H&Y stage ≤ 2 8b. Participants who are currently NOT receiving symptomatic therapy (ST) (levodopa,dopamine agonists and monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) inhibitors) and NOT projected to require ST for at least 3 months from enrollment.

  1. Treatment with amantadine or an anticholinergic agent will be allowed provided the dose has been stable for 30 days prior to screening and will remain stable for the duration of the study

You CAN'T join if...

; Cohorts 1 and 2:

  1. Diagnosis of atypical parkinsonism
  2. History of bipolar disorder or major depression, or presence of active depression defined as a Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II) score >17
  3. History of a suicide attempt within the last 5 years or active suicidal ideations
  4. History of schizophrenia or schizophrenia spectrum disorders
  5. History of uncontrolled hypokalemia or hypomagnesaemia, or laboratory evidence of such on screening
  6. History of cardiac arrhythmia, long QT syndrome, or a corrected QT interval (QTcF) ≥450ms at screening visit 1
  7. Treated within 30 days prior to randomization, or planned use during the trial with any of the following classes of Concomitant drugs:
  8. Class IA or III antiarrhythmic drugs
  9. QT prolonging drugs
  10. Strong CYP3A4 inhibitors or inducers
  11. Anticoagulants
  12. Proton pump inhibitors
  13. A clinical history, or the active presence of a cardiovascular condition including:
  14. Myocardial infarction, known cardiac ischemia, or angina
  15. Cerebrovascular event (e.g. embolic stroke)
  16. Congestive heart failure, symptomatic first degree atrioventricular (AV) block or PR interval > 220msec and all second and third degree AV block, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block, sick sinus syndrome, or other serious cardiac rhythm disturbances
  17. History of Torsade de Pointes
  18. Other cardiovascular history that, in the opinion of the Site Investigator, will preclude study participation
  19. History of hepatic disease, including abnormal liver function defined as Total Bilirubin > 1.5 times upper limit, Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST) and/or Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) > 2 times the upper limit of the normal, or coagulopathy with INR > 1.4
  20. . History of epilepsy or a seizure within the last 6 months
  21. . Active malignancy, or history of a neoplasm in the prior 5 years (excluding basal/squamous cell carcinoma)
  22. . Prior history of pancreatitis or total gastrectomy or evidence of abnormal pancreatic function defined as elevated amylase and/or lipase > 2 times upper limit of normal
  23. . Diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), clinically significant chronic hepatitis such as hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C (HCV), or clinical history or signs of an active infection
  24. . History of drug or alcohol abuse ≤ 5 years
  25. . Active medical or psychiatric condition that in the opinion of the Site Investigator should preclude study participation
  26. . Previous surgical management for PD
  27. . Participants participating in any drug or device clinical investigation concurrently or within 30 days prior to screening for this study
  28. . Severe lactose and galactose intolerance
  29. . Participants with evidence of other significant laboratory abnormalities which in the opinion of the site investigator or clinical monitor should preclude study participation
  30. . Known hypersensitivity or contraindication to study drugs (nilotinib or matching placebo) or their components.
  31. . Female participants of child-bearing potential. Female participants must be post-menopausal, post-hysterectomy, or have a documented infertility based on a known medical or surgical condition
  32. . Participants with a history of bone marrow suppression or evidence of persistent myelosuppression defined as absolute neutrophil count <1.8 X 109/L, significant anemia, or thrombocytopenia defined as platelet count < 100 X 109/L

Exclusion criteria specific for Cohort 1:

22a. Diagnosis of dementia based on the clinician's assessment, or a Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) score < 21 at baseline

Exclusion criteria specific for Cohort 2:

22b.MoCA score < 26 at baseline

23b. Treated within 60 days prior to randomization or expected to require treatment within 3 months from randomization with any ST (including levodopa and dopamine agonists )

  1. Treatment with amantadine or an anticholinergic agent will be allowed provided the dose has been stable for 30 days prior to screening and will remain stable for the duration of the study


  • University of California Davis
    Sacramento California 95817 United States
  • Cleveland Clinic - Las Vegas
    Las Vegas Nevada 89106 United States


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