Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (taVNS) for the treatment of anxiety comorbid with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Date Added
December 5th, 2023
PRO Number
Pro00128238
Researcher
Stewart Cox

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Keywords
Adolescents, Anxiety, Autism, Psychiatry
Summary

This is a research study to find out if anxiety in patients with autism spectrum disorder are affected by a form of ear stimulation called transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation, or taVNS. Participants will learn how to self-administer ear stimulation treatments at home before starting the study. Over the course of a month, participants will self-administer ear stimulation treatments twice a day for a month. Each treatment will last up to 60 minutes (1 hour) and there will be a break of at least 30 minutes in between treatments. The study team will ask participants to complete a group of questionnaires at the beginning and end of the study. There will also be a smaller number of questionnaires completed electronically on a weekly basis. The questionnaires will ask questions about mental health symptoms that subjects may or may not be experiencing, including questions about mood, anxiety, and sleep.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Nicole Cash
843-792-9502
cashni@musc.edu