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Madison, Wisconsin 53705


Purpose:

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a method which enables noninvasive electrical stimulation of the cortex via electrodes placed on the subject's skull. High definition tDCS (HD-tDCS) allows for precise generation of electrical fields over selected cortical areas using multiple electrodes. The purpose of this pilot trial is to study feasibility, tolerability, and safety of HD-tDCS administered daily for a total of 20 sessions in healthy adults and adults with Down syndrome. PRIMARY OBJECTIVES Part I: To assess feasibility and tolerability of HD-tDCS, administered up to 5 days per week for a total of 20 sessions in healthy adult subjects; Part II: After review of the safety data for Part I is completed and reviewed by the Data Safety Monitoring Committee and IRB, Part II will be initiated. To assess feasibility and tolerability of HD-tDCS, administered up to 5 days per week for a total of 20 sessions in adult subjects with Down Syndrome.


Study summary:

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a method which enables noninvasive electrical stimulation of the cortex via electrodes placed on the subject's skull. tDCS has been shown to improve motor learning, visuomotor coordination, probabilistic classification, boost memory in humans and was found to be well tolerated in children with early onset schizophrenia, continuous spike-wave in sleep (CSWS), refractory epilepsy and dystonia. The method has been approved for investigational purposes by the FDA. High definition tDCS (HD-tDCS) allows for precise generation of electrical fields over selected cortical areas using multiple electrodes. Positioning of the stimulating electrodes is determined with the help of MR brain images and appropriate modeling. The purpose of this pilot trial is to study feasibility, tolerability, and safety of HD-tDCS administered daily for a total of 20 sessions. PRIMARY OBJECTIVES Part I: To assess feasibility and tolerability of HD-tDCS, administered up to 5 days per week for a total of 20 sessions in healthy adult subjects; Part I will be defined to be positive if 5 healthy adults are accrued within the study period (12 months) and at least 4 of 5 participants have successful completion. Tolerability will be measured as the proportion of subjects able to complete 20 sessions on the assigned treatment within 6 weeks. Part II: After review of the safety data for Part I is completed and reviewed by the Data Safety Monitoring Committee and IRB, Part II will be initiated. To assess feasibility and tolerability of HD-tDCS, administered up to 5 days per week for a total of 20 sessions in adult subjects with Down Syndrome; Part II will be defined to be positive if 5 adults with Down Syndrome are accrued within the study period (12 months) and at least 4 of 5 participants have successful completion. Tolerability will be measured as the proportion of subjects able to complete 20 sessions on the assigned treatment within 6 weeks. SECONDARY OBJECTIVES Part I: - Collect pilot data on safety of HD-tDCS in healthy adults, where safety is defined by incidents of adverse events. Safety outcomes will include vital signs, physical/neurologic exam findings, weight, electrocardiograms and electroencephalograms. - Collect pilot data on feasibility of efficacy endpoints. These will include assessment of impact of HD-tDCS, administered up to 5 days per week for a total of 20 sessions, on EEG amplitudes and coherences in the lower (<8Hz) and higher (>9Hz) frequency ranges and coherences in the lower (<8Hz) and gamma (30-80 Hz) frequency ranges in healthy adults. Part II: - Collect pilot data on safety of HD-tDCS in adults with Down Syndrome, where safety is defined by incidents of adverse events. Safety outcomes will include vital signs, physical/neurologic exam findings, weight, electrocardiograms and electroencephalograms. - Collect pilot data on feasibility of efficacy endpoints. These will include assessment of impact of HD-tDCS, administered up to 5 days per week for a total of 20 sessions, on EEG amplitudes and coherences in the lower (<8Hz) and higher (>9Hz) frequency ranges and coherences in the lower (<8Hz) and gamma (30-80 Hz) frequency ranges in adults with Down Syndrome.


Criteria:

PART I Inclusion Criteria: - Adult aged > 18 years and ≤ 45 years - Healthy Adult subjects have the ability to consent for themselves. No previous or current medical history of epilepsy, neurologic, heart, endocrinologic, renal, chronic infectious, metabolic, psychiatric disease or cancer - Normal physical examination - Normal neurologic examination - Normal EKG - Normal EEG - IQ above 80. We will only include individuals with college education to assure that IQ requirements are met. Exclusion Criteria: - Previous or current medical history of epilepsy, neurologic, heart, endocrinologic, renal, chronic infectious, metabolic, psychiatric disease or cancer - Healthy adult subjects will be excluded from the study if the subject is not suitable for study participation due to other reasons, at the discretion of the PI. PART II Inclusion criteria - Adult aged > 18 years and ≤ 45 years - Genetically confirmed Trisomy 21 Exclusion criteria - Cardiac, hematologic, oncologic comorbidities that require intensive medical treatment. Intensive medical treatment means that the subject is undergoing chemotherapy for a hematologic/oncologic condition, is carrying a pacemaker or has been diagnosed with a cardiac anomaly which causes cardiac insufficiency not compensated with medications. - Active epilepsy, history of epilepsy, history of seizures or with epileptiform discharges on screening baseline EEG. - Anticipated inability of the subject to comply with the rigors of the protocol as outlined in the consent form. - Behavioral problems of sufficient magnitude to preclude participation in the study. These include anxiety, obsessive compulsive behaviors, attention problems, agitation, oppositional behavior. These behavioral problems will be assessed during the first visit and the PI will make decision to exclude subjects which she considers will not be able to complete the study. - The subject is legally blind (vision acuity <20/200 not correctable with lenses, as determined be a certified optometrist or an ophthalmologist). - The subject is severely hearing impaired (Hearing level >71 dB, as measured with a standard audiometer at frequencies between 8 and 20 kHz). - The subject is not suitable for study participation due to other reasons, at the discretion of the PI.


NCT ID:

NCT02481765


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Hrissanthi Ikonomidou, MD PhD
University of Wisconsin, Madison


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Madison, Wisconsin 53705
United States



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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 20, 2017

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