Neurophysiological characterization of dry needling in people with spasticity due to stroke Save

Date Added
March 3rd, 2020
PRO Number
Pro00095077
Researcher
Aiko Thompson

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Central Nervous System, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Studies, Stroke, Stroke Recovery
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The study team is recruiting 20 adults with spasticity due to chronic stroke and 20 adults with no neurological injuries for a 2 day study. In people with chronic stroke, one of the most common and disabling problems is spasticity (increased muscle tone or muscle stiffness). The purpose of this research study is to examine effects of dry needling on the nervous system (pathways between the muscle, spinal cord, and brain) in people with spasticity due to chronic stroke. Dry needling is a procedure in which a thin, stainless steel needle is inserted into your skin to produce a muscle twitch response. It is intended to release a knot in your muscle and relieve pain.

The total study duration is 2 days. The first visit will take about 3 hours, during which dry needling will take place, and the second visit will take about 1 hour. During both visits you will be asked to participate in examinations of reflexes (muscle responses to non-invasive nerve stimulation) and arm/leg function.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Blair Dellenbach
843-792-6313
stecb@musc.edu

Depression and Attentional Bias Save

Date Added
January 29th, 2020
PRO Number
Pro00087075
Researcher
Jared Woodward

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Brain, Central Nervous System, Depression, Psychiatry
Summary

The purpose of this research study is to determine if there is a difference in the way that people pay attention to their surroundings when they are depressed. This can be tested by using a line bisection test, where people with and without depression are asked to divide a line in half. We have hypothesized that people with depression, who are more self-reflective, will demonstrate a downward preference when they perform the line bisection test compared to people without depression.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Jared Woodward
843-697-5638
woodwarj@musc.edu

Characterization of physiological changes induced through motor-evoked potential conditioning in people with spinal cord injury Save

Date Added
December 3rd, 2019
PRO Number
Pro00091457
Researcher
Aiko Thompson

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Central Nervous System, Nervous System, Rehabilitation Studies, Spinal Cord
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We are currently recruiting volunteers who are interested in participating in a brain-spinal cord-muscle response training study that aims to better understand the changes that take place in the nervous system as a result of this type of training. After spinal cord injury, brain-to-muscle connections are often interrupted. Because these connections are important in movement control, when they are not working well, movements may be disturbed. Researchers have found that people can learn to strengthen these connections through training. Strengthening these connections may be able to improve movement control and recovery after injuries.

Research participants will be asked to stand, sit, and walk during the study sessions. Electrodes are placed on the skin over leg muscles for monitoring muscle activity. For examining brain-to-muscle connections, we use transcranial magnetic stimulation. The stimulation is applied over the head and will indirectly stimulate brain cells with little or no discomfort.

Participation in this study requires approximately three sessions per week for four months, followed by two to three sessions over another three months. Each session lasts approximately 1 hour. Participants will receive a mileage reimbursement.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Blair Dellenbach
843-792-6313
stecb@musc.edu

Neuromodulation of motor and sensory spinal pathways in subjects undergoing epidural spinal cord stimulation. Save

Date Added
October 15th, 2019
PRO Number
Pro00089881
Researcher
Nathan Rowland

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Central Nervous System, Muscle, Nerve, Nervous System, Pain, Spinal Cord
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Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy is currently used to treat the symptoms of chronic pain. Studying the effect of SCS during muscle testing, proprioception testing and multiple gait analysis, we expect to gain understanding of exactly how SCS influences motor and sensory pathways of the spinal cord. We expect this approach to broaden our understanding in the application of SCS in the chronic pain conditions, and may lead to therapeutic advances in other populations, for example, patients with spinal cord injury.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Taylor Mayberry
5024423087
mayberrt@musc.edu

Human Laboratory Study of ANS-6637 for Alcohol Use Disorder Save

Date Added
July 2nd, 2019
PRO Number
Pro00090068
Researcher
Sarah Book

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Alcohol, Central Nervous System, Drug Studies, Stage II, Substance Use
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This is a 6-week-long treatment study for people with Alcohol Use Disorder who want to stop or cut down their drinking. The purpose of this study is to determine whether an investigational medication, ANS-6637, affects craving for alcohol and/or alcohol drinking while taking the study drug. Participants will be randomly assigned to take one of two doses of ANS-6637 or a matched placebo.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Konstantin Voronin
843-792-8601
voronin@musc.edu

Development of Wearable Stimulation App to Increase Hand Functional Recovery in Patients with Neurological Movement Save

Date Added
June 4th, 2019
PRO Number
Pro00088976
Researcher
Na jin Seo

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Aging, Central Nervous System, Movement Disorders, Muscle, Nerve, Nervous System, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Studies, Stroke, Stroke Recovery
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Post-stroke hand impairment diminishes stroke survivors' ability to perform activities of daily living. Motor recovery has been shown to improve through peripheral sensory stimulation. This study aims to determine if vibration from a smartwatch improves post-stroke hand function.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Andrew Fortune
843-792-8970
fortunea@musc.edu

Neuroplasticity Associated with Extended Daily Use of a Sensorimotor Priming Vibration System to Improve Hand Function After Stroke Save

Date Added
March 5th, 2019
PRO Number
Pro00086207
Researcher
Na jin Seo

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Aging, Central Nervous System, Movement Disorders, Muscle, Nerve, Nervous System, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Studies, Stroke, Stroke Recovery
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The objective is to determine if continuous use of TheraBracelet in the home has a clinically meaningful effect in chronic stroke survivors. The study design is a double-blinded randomized controlled trial. We will enroll 40 chronic stroke survivors with moderate hand impairment. Subjects will be randomly assigned to the treatment or control group (n=20 per group). All subjects will wear the TheraBracelet device on the paretic wrist for 8 hours/day every day during their normal daily activity for 1 month. The device will deliver vibration (treatment) or no vibration (control). Double-blinding is possible because the treatment vibration is imperceptible (i.e., subthreshold). Measures of neural plasticity, the amount of the paretic arm use in daily living, clinical hand function, biomechanical grip control, and self-reported abilities for activities of daily living will be assessed at baseline, once a week during the month of wearing the device, and for 3-month follow-up, allowing determination of the efficacy and persistence.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Amanda Vatinno
843-792-8970
vatinno@musc.edu

Title: Rapid Reversal of CNS-Depressant Drug Effect prior to Brain Death Determination Investigators: Sameh Hanna, MD, Justin Atwood, MD Institution: Palmetto Health-University of South Carolina Medical Group, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Columbia, SC Save

Date Added
December 11th, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00077995
Researcher
Sameh Hanna

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Brain, Central Nervous System, Nervous System
Summary

Prospective trial with enrollment of 30 patients in various intensive care units at Palmetto Health Richland from January 1st 2019 to June 30th 2020. If patients had undergone targeted temperature management (33-36 degrees Celsius for 24 hours via intravascular or surface control methods, with or without sedation or neuromuscular blockade, followed by rewarming actively or passively at 0.25-0.5 degrees per hour over 8-12 hours to 37 degrees) investigators will wait 24 hours after rewarming prior to testing. End point is to evaluate if pharmacological reversal agents would result in improved GCS scores or return of cerebral or brainstem functions in some comatose patients, which will be considered a positive test result.

Institution
Palmetto
Recruitment Contact
Sameh Hanna
8643443439
sameh.hanna@palmettohealth.org

Changes in Optic Nerve Sheath Diameter in Preeclamptic patients with Severe Features by Neurologic Criteria versus Diagnosis Without Neurologic Criteria, Compared to Controls. Save

Date Added
November 7th, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00078977
Researcher
Mary Sterrett

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Central Nervous System, Hypertension/ High Blood Pressure, Non-interventional, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pregnancy, Women's Health
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Preeclamptic patients will have an ultrasound done of their eyes, to look at the size of the nerve behind the eye. We will also recruit women without preeclampsia to be a comparison group.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Mary Sterrett
8434940554
sterretm@musc.edu

Odor Disturbances: Clinical Care Registry Save

Date Added
September 26th, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00080333
Researcher
Thomas Uhde

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ADD/ADHD, Adolescents, Aging, Allergy, Alzheimers, Anxiety, Asthma, Autism, Autoimmune disease, Central Nervous System, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Environmental Factors, Fibromyalgia, Inflammation, Memory Loss, Nervous System, Parkinsons, Psychiatry
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Candidates for this study may or may not report disturbances in odor perception as their primary reason for seeking treatment at MUSC. This study is designed to collect long term, observational data from patients who are being treated with routine clinical care in health clinics at MUSC. Data from clinical questionnaires will be de-identified and stored in a database.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Richard Simmons
843-792-7439
simmr@musc.edu

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