This Charleston Alcohol Research Center (ARC) pilot study seeks to provide the preliminary validation of a novel natural rewards fMRI paradigm which may be used in the development and/or evaluation of alcohol addiction medication treatments. Specifically, individuals with alcohol use disorder (AUD) and social drinkers will be recruited for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study which will include magnetic resonance spectroscopy, an alcohol cue task, and this novel natural rewards paradigm which examines brain response to social reward and food. Invited participants will complete an initial screening diagnostic assessment visit at the Medical University of South Carolina, which will consist of clinical interviews with research staff, questionnaires, and labs. If still eligible, participants will be invited for a second appointment which will include additional clinical measures, questionnaires, and an MRI scan. This study is confidential and participants will be compensated for participating.
The purpose of this research study is to understand the association between heart and brain health in a population of 40-75 year olds. In this study, we will work to better understand blood vessel stiffness and brain function in African American and non-Hispanic white individuals. You will be asked to give blood during the study visit. Additional information will be obtained to help the researcher better understand the blood vessel and brain function data collected. There is only one study visit that last roughly 2 hours and compensation will be available.
MUSC is recruiting adult cigarette smokers (18 to 65) who are interested in participating in a research study examining the effects of brain stimulation on neural activity and behavior. This study consists of 2 visits over the course of 1-2 weeks. Qualified individuals will be compensated for participation. This research study is sponsored by MUSC but will physically take place at USC in Columbia, SC.
The purpose of this study is to develop repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) as a potential treatment for nicotine addiction. Repetitive TMS is a non-invasive technique that uses magnetic pulses to temporarily stimulate specific brain areas in awake people (without the need for surgery, anesthetic, or other invasive procedures). This study will test whether rTMS over the forehead can produce a reduction in brain activity associated with craving that may prompt you to want to smoke cigarettes.
The purpose of this study is to understand how networks in the brain change over time. Participants will have 2 study visits (about 2 years apart) where they will undergo tests to assess mental function, fill out questionnaires, and undergo a brain MRI. At the first visit only, participants will also undergo a blood draw and a PET scan.
Participants are required to have a Co-Participant accompany them. This individual must be a reliable informant that has contact with the participant at least once per week.
The purpose of this study is to determine if giving the medicine "heparin" intravenously (through the veins) continuously for up to 14 days to subjects after a brain aneurysm has burst will help improve the chances of subjects having a good recovery after the bleed compared to subjects who get routine brain aneurysm care (standard of care). Patients who get routine care would also get heparin, but they would typically get an overall lower dose and the heparin would be injected under the skin (heparin shot) instead of in the veins.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the potential mechanism of action and the safety of GET73, a new drug under development for the reduction of craving and drinking in alcohol dependent individuals. The study involves five to six visits over a three to four week period, including one to two assessment visits and two visits during which participants will be assigned to take, in a double-blinded fashion, both GET73 and a placebo (two visits during each condition). During three of these visits, participants will undergo a one-hour MRI scan. Compensation is available for qualified participants.
Older adults typically have trouble identifying the speech they hear, especially in noisy environments. Fortunately, compared to younger adults, older adults are better able to compensate for difficulties identifying the speech they hear by recruiting the visual system. However, the extent to which older adults can benefit from visual input, and how this influence relates to age-related changes in brain structure and function, have not been thoroughly investigated. The general purpose of this study is to determine how age-related changes in brain structure and function affect how well people hear and see. This study seeks participants with normal hearing to mild hearing loss, who also have normal or corrected-to-normal vision.
In this study, we will use electrodes implanted inside the skull and over the scalp to study the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation method called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). We will record changes in electric brain potentials and brain activity as a result of tDCS at both inside skull at scalp level. We will use this information to interpret how tDCS leads to changes inside the brain leading to changes the brain activity. This study will help us develop interventions that involve use of tDCS in a variety of disease conditions like stroke, depression, addiction, etc.
Cigarette smoking is a significant public health concern especially in cancer patients. rTMS has been investigated for smoking cessation in healthy smokers. This study will test the therapeutic benefits of rTMS for smoking cessation in cancer patients with smoking. Firstly, we will evaluate total number of smoke-free days during a 7-day quit attempt. Secondly, we will evaluate cigarette consumption and cue craving for smoking during the quit attempt period.