Project STIM: TMS for OCD Research Study
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If you have been diagnosed with OCD, you may be interested in participating in Project STIM.
Why should I join the study?
Project STIM-3 tests whether continuous theta burst TMS, a treatment which can be delivered in a very short time (the actual stimulation takes less than a minute), holds promise as an OCD treatment. We determine this by looking for changes in patterns of brain activity on MRI scans before and after 10 weekday TMS sessions, and by interviews and questionnaires to see if symptoms have changed. This is an “open label” study, which means that all participants get the actual TMS treatment. There is no sham or placebo group, & the risk involved for those participating is quite low.
What is TMS?
TMS is a form of mild brain stimulation delivered noninvasively. The device delivers pulses of magnetic energy through a coil placed on your scalp. It is often said that this feels like a tapping sensation on the head, but it is very brief, lasting about 40 seconds.
The entire study takes about 4 weeks to complete. This includes MRI, 10 sessions of TMS (daily Monday through Friday), a second MRI, and follow up visits. All procedures happen on the Butler Hospital Campus except for the two MRI scans, which take place at Brown University. The study is open to 18 to 70 year olds who have been diagnosed with OCD. Payment for participation is up to $310, and is based on attendance of visits.
Interested in participating?
A phone interview to review qualifications will determine if it's appropriate for you to come in for a longer interview before determining eligibility. To learn more and to speak to our research team, call show contact info
, or visit butler.org/STIM.