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Stimulating Deep Brain Regions With a Magnetic Stimulator

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00063245
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 24, 2003
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2008
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date June 23, 2003
First Posted Date June 24, 2003
Last Update Posted Date March 4, 2008
Study Start Date June 2003
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Current Primary Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Primary Outcome Measures Not Provided
Change History
Current Secondary Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Secondary Outcome Measures Not Provided
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
 
Descriptive Information
Brief Title Stimulating Deep Brain Regions With a Magnetic Stimulator
Official Title Noninvasive Stimulation of Human Deep Brain Regions With a Magnetic Stimulator
Brief Summary

The purpose of this study is to determine whether a special coil designed for magnetic stimulation of areas deep in the brain can affect mood and emotion in healthy volunteers. Researchers hope to better understand how the brain controls mood and motivation and what goes wrong with this process in disease.

For transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a wire coil is held over the scalp. A brief electrical current passes through the coil and creates a magnetic pulse that stimulates the brain.

Eighteen participants, 9 men and 9 women, will be enrolled in this study. They will be assigned to one or both of the following two experiments.

Experiment 1

In this experiment, researchers will test the effectiveness of a new type of wire coil. They will deliver magnetic impulses of varying strength. Approximately 150 stimulations will be given over of about 20 minutes. To determine whether the coil causes any problem with hearing, participants will undergo a hearing test immediately before and after the experiment.

Experiment 2

This experiment, which has two parts, is designed to determine whether TMS can affect mood. In the first part, participants will be asked to report any changes in mood before, during and after the magnetic stimulation. In the second part, they will be asked to choose between sets of 2 identical pictures-choosing one will result in full magnetic stimulation, choosing the other will result in stimulation at 10 percent of full intensity.

Participants will be compensated up to $100 for their involvement in this study.

Detailed Description Current magnetic stimulation techniques permit only superficial stimulation of brain, but for some purposes deeper stimulation would be helpful. The purpose of this study is to determine whether a special coil designed for magnetic stimulation of deep brain regions can affect mood and emotion in healthy human volunteers. The special coil was designed to stimulate neuronal pathways related to the control of motivation and reward, specifically, fibers connecting the cingulated or prefrontal cortex with the nucleus accumbens. Computerized theoretical calculations were made in order to optimize the coil design for maximizing the percentage of stimulation in depth relative to the cortical regions. The present study will look first at the influence of the coil on the response from motor cortex. Should there be good evidence the coil can truly be more effective in stimulating deep structures, then we will explore whether it can indeed affect mood and emotion when single pulses are applied.
Study Type Observational
Study Design Not Provided
Target Follow-Up Duration Not Provided
Biospecimen Not Provided
Sampling Method Not Provided
Study Population Not Provided
Condition Healthy
Intervention Not Provided
Study Groups/Cohorts Not Provided
Publications *

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Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status Completed
Enrollment
 (submitted: June¬†23,¬†2005)
18
Original Enrollment Same as current
Study Completion Date April 2005
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Eligibility Criteria

INCLUSION CRITERIA:

The study is planned for adult subjects with normal neurologic and psychiatric examinations.

Healthy male and female volunteers will be included in this protocol.

EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

History of surgery with metallic implants or known history of metallic particles in the eye, cardiac pacemaker, neurostimulators, cochlear implants, history of drug abuse, psychiatric illness, hypertension, or concurrent medication.

Children are also excluded.

Sex/Gender
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages Child, Adult, Older Adult
Accepts Healthy Volunteers Yes
Contacts Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries United States
Removed Location Countries  
 
Administrative Information
NCT Number NCT00063245
Other Study ID Numbers 030231
03-N-0231
Has Data Monitoring Committee Not Provided
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement Not Provided
Responsible Party Not Provided
Study Sponsor National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Collaborators Not Provided
Investigators Not Provided
PRS Account National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
Verification Date April 2005