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Relationship Between Attention and Emotional Regulation Post-Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01681589
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 10, 2012
Last Update Posted : May 14, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
NYU Langone Health

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this pilot study is to investigate the relationship between attention and emotional function post-Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in an effort to better understand the cognitive mechanisms of emotional processing in patients with TBI, and explore novel treatment strategies to improve emotional regulation using with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to modulate activity in the dysfunctional prefrontal-limbic circuits.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Traumatic Brain Injury Device: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulator (TDCS) Device: Control Group Other: Healthy Control Group Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Thirty (30) individuals status post TBI with complaints of emotional dysfunction 6 months post-brain injury and Fifteen (15) healthy controls will participate in the study. The experimental group will receive active tDCS for 20 minutes and computerized cognitive training twice a week for 30-45 minutes for 6 weeks as described below. The control group will receive sham-tDCS 20 minutes and computerized cognitive training for 30-45 minutes twice a week for 6 weeks (12 training sessions). The sham group will not receive real tDCS after completion of the study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Relationship Between Attention and Emotional Regulation Post-TBI: Probing Neural Circuitry With Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
Actual Study Start Date : August 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2019
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2019

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Sham Comparator: Control Group
The control group will receive sham-tDCS and computerized cognitive training also twice a week for 20 minutes for 6 weeks (12 training sessions).
Device: Control Group
This group will receive Sham TDCS

Experimental: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulator (TDCS)
The experimental group will receive active tDCS for 20 minutes and computerized cognitive training twice a week for 30 minutes for 6 weeks.
Device: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulator (TDCS)
Group will receive active TDCS
Other Names:
  • Fisher Wallace Cranial Stimulator
  • The Fisher Wallace Stimulator, Model FW-100
  • FDA 510 (K)Cleared number K903654

Healthy Control Group
Fifteen (15) healthy control subjects will participate.
Other: Healthy Control Group
Healthy Controls will be involved in the Study. Healthy Controls will receive no Intervention. There will be 1 screening visit and 1 testing visits.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Baseline Measures before Treatment [ Time Frame: Week 1 ]
    Patients meeting criteria to particpate in the study will be tested at baseline. During Visit 1, patients will be tested to measure how alert they are, their ability to perform actions one after the other and other mental functions. On Visit 2, patients will be tested on your ability to control your emotions. On Visit 3, patients will have a brain scan (MRI) to help the investigators understand how various parts of your brain are connected.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Post Treatment Measures to check improvements [ Time Frame: Week 8 ]
    Testing will be done again at the end of 6 weeks. This will allow the investigators to determine if there have been improvements in the patients attention and emotional function. The same assessments will be repeated again as with Visits 1-3. Investigators will ask questions regarding patients emotional well-being. An MRI will once again be performed.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Brain Injury at least 6 months prior
  • Family or self-identification of cognitive or emotional difficulties
  • Unchanged and stabilized medical treatment in the three weeks prior to the screening

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any social or medical problem that precludes completion of the protocol.
  • Presence of focal motor deficits in the upper extremities.
  • Comorbid psychiatric disease such as schizophrenia, or active substance abusers (except nicotine).
  • History of craniectomy, active infection, or seizure activity beyond 1 week post-TBI.
  • Complicating medical problems such as uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes with signs of neuropathy, and previous neurological illness such as head trauma, prior stroke, epilepsy or demyelinating disease, implanted neuromodulatory or electronic device, metal in head
  • Pregnancy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01681589

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United States, New York
New York University School of Medicine
New York, New York, United States, 10016
Sponsors and Collaborators
NYU Langone Health
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Principal Investigator: Prin Amorapanth, MD NYU Langone Health

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Responsible Party: NYU Langone Health Identifier: NCT01681589    
Other Study ID Numbers: 11-00685
First Posted: September 10, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 14, 2020
Last Verified: May 2020

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: Yes
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: No
Keywords provided by NYU Langone Health:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Brain Injuries
Brain Injuries, Traumatic
Wounds and Injuries
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Craniocerebral Trauma
Trauma, Nervous System