MPFC Theta Burst Stimulation as a Treatment Tool for Alcohol Use Disorder: Effects on Drinking and Incentive Salience

Date Added
September 1st, 2020
PRO Number
Pro00102709
Researcher
Lisa McTeague

List of Studies

Keywords
Alcohol, Brain, Drug Studies, Psychiatry, Substance Use
Summary

The purpose of this study is to develop transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), specifically TMS at a frequency known as theta burst stimulation (TBS), to see how it affects the brain and changes the brain's response to alcohol-related pictures. TMS and TBS are stimulation techniques that use magnetic pulses to temporarily excite specific brain areas in awake people (without the need for surgery, anesthetic, or other invasive procedures). TBS, which is a form of TMS, will be applied over the medial prefrontal cortex, (MPFC), which has been shown to be involved with drinking patterns and alcohol consumption. This study will test whether TBS can be used as an alternative tool to reduce the desire to use alcohol and reducing the brain's response to alcohol-related pictures.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Charleston Alcohol Research Center
(843) 792-1222
alcoholstudy@musc.edu

Targeting Parenting to Prevent HIV and Substance Use Among Trauma-Exposed Youth: A Mixed-Methods Needs Assessment

Date Added
March 16th, 2020
PRO Number
Pro00096161
Researcher
Nada Goodrum

List of Studies

Keywords
Adolescents, Alcohol, HIV / AIDS, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), Substance Use
Summary

Many adolescents experience traumatic events, such as child abuse, physical or sexual assault, or witnessing violence. Teens who experience trauma are more likely to have problems with substance use and risky sexual activity. We want to understand how parents can support their teens and help keep them safe after traumatic events.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Nada Goodrum
843-792-8067
goodrumn@musc.edu

Alcohol Use Disorder as a risk for Alzheimer's Disease: Insights from functional connectome analysis

Date Added
February 18th, 2020
PRO Number
Pro00096201
Researcher
Jane Joseph

List of Studies

Keywords
Alcohol, Alzheimers, Dementia, Non-interventional, Substance Use
Summary

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a risk factor for Alzheimer's Disease (AD), but more research is needed to identify the potential mechanisms underlying this risk. The present study will use fMRI to examine brain network profiles in mid-life AUD. The goal is to develop techniques to assess risk for Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias. Participation includes cognitive testing and MRI scanning.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Laura Lohnes
843-792-7709
lohnes@musc.edu

Neuroimaging to Examine Behavior

Date Added
May 21st, 2019
PRO Number
Pro00087701
Researcher
Amber Jarnecke

List of Studies

Keywords
Alcohol, Anxiety, Brain, Healthy Volunteer Studies, Mental Health, Non-interventional, Substance Use
Summary

This study will examine the neural circuitry associated with craving, behavioral disinhibition, and threat-reactivity. The study will involve 2 visits. During the first visit, participants will complete questionnaires and interviews in a private room and do some tests to measure alcohol use. During the second visit, participants will complete a neuroimaging scan of their brain.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
James Richardson
843-779-2159
richajam@musc.edu

Oxytocin to Enhance Alcohol Behavioral Couple Therapy

Date Added
November 6th, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00082233
Researcher
Julianne Flanagan

List of Studies

Keywords
Alcohol, Mental Health, Military, Psychiatry, Substance Use
Summary

This study will examine the efficacy of intranasal oxytocin versus placebo in combination with Alcohol Behavioral Couples Therapy (ABCT) to reduce alcohol use disorder severity. We will also use observational coding and neuroimaging to examine behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying treatment outcomes.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Jessica Brower
843-300-9577
Browerj@musc.edu

Evaluation of a Web-Based Tool for Alcohol Use Following Interpersonal Violence

Date Added
September 23rd, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00080368
Researcher
Christine Hahn

List of Studies

Keywords
Alcohol, Substance Use, Women's Health
Summary

The purpose of this study is to gather feedback to inform the development of a web-based tool that provides screening and education about alcohol use following interpersonal violence. People who have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence in the last year and drink alcohol, or are currently in treatment for alcohol use, will be asked to provide feedback about a web-based tool for alcohol use. 60-minute interviews will be conducted and will involve viewing the content of the web-based tool and providing feedback. Additionally, feedback given during interviews will be analyzed and then individuals who have used the web-based tool will complete a survey following the tool use if they report using substances.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Christine Hahn
843-792-0259
hahnc@musc.edu

A Proof-of-Concept Trial of N-Acetylcysteine for Adolescent Alcohol Use Disorder

Date Added
September 4th, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00080921
Researcher
Kevin Gray

List of Studies

Keywords
Adolescents, Alcohol, Substance Use
Summary

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of the medication N-acetylcysteine (NAC) to help young people with alcohol use disorder. NAC is an over-the-counter supplement and antioxidant that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in adults and children for other uses, but has not been approved by the FDA for treatment of alcohol use disorder. All participants will receive brief alcohol counseling during the 8 weeks of medication treatment. Volunteers ages 13-20 are needed for this study.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Youth Collaborative Intake
843-792-9257
youth@musc.edu

Preliminary Validation of a Novel Natural Rewards fMRI Paradigm: Comparing Relative Brain Activation to Natural Rewards versus Alcohol Cues in Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorder and Social Drinkers

Date Added
March 6th, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00075724
Researcher
Will Mellick

List of Studies

Keywords
Alcohol, Brain, Mental Health
Summary

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.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Will Mellick
843-792-7667
mellick@musc.edu

Altering memories that increase risk of relapse in alcohol use disorders: A translational clinical neuroscience pilot investigation of a novel pharmacological agent.

Date Added
February 6th, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00073523
Researcher
Michael Saladin

List of Studies

Keywords
Alcohol, Drug Studies, Stage II
Summary

The proposed study will employ treatment-seeking AUD individuals who will be randomly assigned to receive either 15 mg of rapamycin (sirolimus) or placebo immediately after the first of two alcohol cue exposure sessions scheduled to occur on consecutive days. Subjective responses (i.e., craving) and physiological (heart rate & skin conductance) reactivity will be obtained before, during and after cue presentations in both sessions. The durability of any observed treatment effects will be assessed in a Follow-up session performed approximately 10 days following completion of the second session. Treatment effects on self-report measures of drinking behavior during the approximately 10 days preceding the Follow-up session will also be assessed.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Brittany Frasier
843-792-6984
frasibri@musc.edu

Effect of GET73 on magnetic resonance spectroscopy measures of central glutamate and GABA and alcohol cue-elicited brain activation in recently abstinent non-treatment-seeking individuals with Alcohol Use Disorder

Date Added
September 26th, 2017
PRO Number
Pro00069862
Researcher
Raymond Anton

List of Studies

Keywords
Alcohol, Brain, Drug Studies, Substance Use
Summary

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.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Katy Fuqua
(843) 792-1452
fuquama@musc.edu



-- OR --