Take part in research

More research is essential if we are to improve our understanding of PHTS and develop better treatments. This can’t happen without the help of people with PHTS.

There are 2 main types of research in which people can volunteer to take part:

Also called non-interventional studies, natural history studies, or sometime registries, these studies look at the natural course of PHTS, and do not involve the use of any potential new medication. Some are “retrospective” which means they look backwards at the participant’s medical and treatment history prior to joining the study. Some are “prospective” which means they follow the participant’s medical progress over the coming months or years. Some are both. All usually require participants to allow researchers to access their medical records. They may also require the participant to provide samples, complete questionnaires and other assessments.

Listed below is information about and links to ongoing PHTS studies (as of June 2023), including both PTEN Research funded studies and others.

General PHTS studies

  • The Clinicaltrials.gov website lists most clinical trials and many observational studies taking place around the world for many different conditions and investigational medications. The listings include information about participating research clinics, and contact details for more information.
    • To find all listed PHTS studies that are looking for patient volunteers, you simply need to enter PHTS as the Condition in the Find a Study form, and select “Recruiting”.
  • The PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome Foundation, a USA-based organisation founded by PHTS patients, has launched a "PTEN Patient powered registry and natural history study".  
  • PTEN Turkiye, a Turkey based organisation working with the Developmental Synapthopathies Consortium, has launched a Turkish PTEN registry (link in English, link in Turkish).

PTEN Research funded studies

The following studies are currently open to enrol people with PHTS: