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A Minds Wide Open Short: Nolan Williams’s new TMS therapy for depression
Al Interviews Dr. Nolan Williams on the topic of Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy (SAINT)
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If you are interested in joining an outpatient study, please click on the sign-up button next to the clinical trial you think best fits your needs. Once you complete the online questionnaire, study staff will review your information to ensure that the study is appropriate for your given need. If more information is needed staff will contact you.
Utilizing Changes in Human Brain Connectivity to Establish a Dose-Response Relationship Involved in the Therapeutic Actions of Prefrontal Brain Stimulation on Depression Symptoms
Clinicaltrials.gov identifier: NCT04243798
This is a double-blind study where half the participants will receive SAINT, while the other half will receive inactive (or sham) treatment. The goal of this study is to further assess the effectiveness of SAINT in a larger population. This study also investigates changes in the brain associated with treatment by using brain imaging techniques and non-invasive brain recordings.
Personalized Therapeutic Neuromodulation for Anhedonic Depression
Clinicaltrials.gov identifier: NCT05144789
This study will investigate the anti-anhedonic efficacy of a novel neurostimulation strategy termed accelerated intermittent theta burst stimulation (aiTBS) in participants with treatment resistant depression (TRD). This study will evaluate aiTBS on the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (L-DLPFC) as well as the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (DMPFC) in a double blind fashion. In this 3 condition study 33% of participants will be randomized into either active Stimulation L-DLPFC, 33% will be randomized into active stimulation DMPFC and 33% will receive sham/placebo stimulation
Pilot Accelerated Theta Burst in Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Depression
This study evaluates an accelerated schedule of theta-burst stimulation using a transcranial magnetic stimulation device for treatment-resistant bipolar type 2 depression. This is a double-blind study where half the participants will receive accelerated intermittent theta-burst stimulation (aiTBS), while the other half will receive inactive (or sham) treatment.
A Preliminary Investigation of Pre-Frontal Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for the Treatment of Cannabis Use Disorder
Clinicaltrials.gov identifier: NCT03144232
With a push towards legalization across the country, more and more people are using marijuana. In California, marijuana and other marijuana derivatives (cannabinoids) are fully legal for all purposes (recreational and medicinal). Many people use cannabinoids with minimal ill health effects, but a subset of people who use marijuana develop a dysfunctional use pattern where the ill effects of their use rapidly outweigh the effects they consider beneficial. This condition, medically termed cannabis use disorder (CUD), is similar to other addictive disorders such as alcohol use disorder and tobacco use disorder. Those with CUD by definition suffer substantial personal, occupational, or health adverse effects, and despite these adverse effects often have difficulty quitting on their own.
As a medical community we currently do not have any established medication to treat CUD, and our psychotherapies are only moderately effective. Thankfully an understanding of the brain circuit abnormalities associated with CUD have led to several potential treatment strategies. One such treatment strategy is to increase the strength of the so-called ‘self-control’, or ‘cognitive-control’ network.
In this study we are hoping to work with a group of people who are suffering from CUD and are looking for help to quit, or substantially reduce their use of marijuana or other cannabinoids. We are then giving an established psychotherapy to those people, and additionally giving half of them a study-treatment that we think strengthens the cognitive-control network. The other half of study participants will receive a study-treatment that looks, sounds and feels like the active study-treatment, but does not affect the brain network.
The study-treatment we are using, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), passes a focused magnetic wave onto the brain and is thought to increase the strength of the network it is pointed at. The use of rTMS, much like we will use it in this study, is cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and smoking cessation. It subsequently has a long safety track record (it is thought to be safe and has few side effects) and is well known to provide long lasting benefit in the conditions it is approved for.
If you are wanting to quit using or substantially reduce your use of marijuana, this study might be right for you. For more information on the study please feel free to reach out to our study team at (650) 800-6920 or email@example.com.
Neuroimaging Biomarkers for Predicting rTMS Response in OCD
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04286126
We are currently investigating a new form of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to treat OCD in adults.
Previous research indicates that two rTMS targets may be effective in treating OCD: the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (DMPFC) and the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC). Patients often show a strong response to one target but not the other. It is not well understood why some patients respond, while others do not. The goal of this study is to better understand the association between individual biological characteristics (biomarkers) and treatment responses. This study also investigates changes in the brain associated with treatment by using brain imaging techniques and non-invasive brain recordings.
We are currently recruiting adults 18 and older to participate.
For patients who wish to be seen in our psychiatry clinic, please contact:
Stanford Psychiatry Intake 650-498-9111