Brain Biomarkers of ADHD with High Risk for Substance Use Disorders Save

Date Added
May 5th, 2015
PRO Number
Pro00043719
Researcher
Joseph Helpern

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Keywords
ADD/ADHD, Adolescents, Brain, Substance Use
Summary

Adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are nearly three times more likely to develop substance use disorders (SUD) than their typically developing peers, yet there currently are no biomarkers that can help clinicians identify which ADHD patients are at higher SUD risk and thus, who may benefit most from SUD prevention. This is a critical problem, given that ADHD psychostimulant medications ? which are Schedule II Controlled Substances ? are misused and abused by 26.7% of this population. In this research study, non-invasive MRI methods will be used to examine brain structural connectivity (i.e., number of neural fiber connections) and brain iron (as an index of dopamine) as possible brain biomarkers of increased SUD risk in ADHD.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Vitria Adisetiyo
843-640-5382
ADHDbrainMUSC@gmail.com

The Effects of Statin Therapy on Brain Micro-Structure Quantified by MRI and the Relationship to Cognitive Function Save

Date Added
January 15th, 2013
PRO Number
Pro00019608
Researcher
Joseph Helpern

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Keywords
Brain, Healthy Volunteer Studies, Women's Health
Summary

This study is being done to determine if the changes in cholesterol levels by the use of statins can result in changes in the brain's micro-structure. These changes are going to be studied to see if they cause changes in a person's ability to process thoughts. This study is for women between the ages of 45 and 85.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Vitria Adisetiyo
843-779-5903
MUSCStatinStudy@gmail.com

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