Effects of rTMS on the Cognition of Elderly With Mild Memory Complaints (TMSMemOld)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified August 2010 by University of Sao Paulo General Hospital.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
University of Sao Paulo General Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01292382
First received: October 5, 2010
Last updated: April 20, 2011
Last verified: August 2010
  Purpose

Memory is constituted by a set of mental abilities of information processing that will be available at a later time. Flawless performance depends on several brain systems and other cognitive domains. Normal aging is characterized by cognitive deficits that may worsen the production capacity and quality of life. Such deficits represent variations of normal , and may stabilize,or even better progress. Include multiple cognitive domains, such as working and episodic memory, and attention. Despite the heterogeneity of the nature and severity of these deficits, common characteristics were observed in neuropsychological assessment of that population, for example, reduction in processing speed. There is an important gap in the therapeutic approach of these individuals.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive and promising intervention, with potential to improve memory and cognition activating networks that operate on memory or other networks that interfere with cognitive performance. The technique relies on generating a variable magnetic field originated from an alternating electric current applied to the human skull reaching focal cortical regions.

This study is a sham-controlled clinical trial, randomized, double-blind study. It will be evaluated the effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) on global cognition (memory, attention, language, executive functions, planning, logical reasoning, calculation and visual-spatial perception), especially memory, of elderly individuals with mild cognitive impairment, included in the domain of cognitive impairment no dementia (CIND).


Condition Intervention
Mild Cognitive Impairment
Device: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of rTMS on the Cognition of Elderly With Cognitive Impairment no Dementia ( CIND )

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Further study details as provided by University of Sao Paulo General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation improves memory in elderly with memory complaints [ Time Frame: Neuropsychological tests: T1 - effects after rTMS, and T2: 4 weeks after rTMS ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Neuropsychological tests - RBMT (Rivermead Behavioral and Memory Test)


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation improves global cognition of elderly with memory complaints [ Time Frame: Neuropsychological tests: T1 - effects after rTMS, and T2: 4 weeks after rTMS ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Performance on neuropsychological tests - STROOP, Trails 1 and 2, mini mental status exam (MMSE), clock drawing test, Wechsler, WAISS III, verbal fluency.


Estimated Enrollment: 34
Study Start Date: November 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2012
Primary Completion Date: November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Sham Comparator: rTMS versus Sham
rTMS: active coil Sham: inactive coil
Device: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation
Intensity: 110% of motor threshold Frequency: 10 Hz Number of trains: 40 trains Duration of trains: 5 seconds Interval: 25 seconds Number of sessions: 10 sessions Duration of intervention: two consecutive weeks
Other Names:
  • Active rTMS group
  • Sham rTMS group
Device: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation
Intensity: 110% of motor threshold Frequency: 10 Hz Number of trains: 40 Duration of trains: 5 seconds Interval inter trains: 25 seconds Number of pulses each session: 2.000 Total number of pulses: 20.000
Other Names:
  • Arm 1: Active rTMS
  • Arm 2: Sham rTMS
Active Comparator: rTMS versus sham
rTMS group: active coil Sham group: inactive coil
Device: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation
Intensity: 110% of motor threshold Frequency: 10 Hz Number of trains: 40 trains Duration of trains: 5 seconds Interval: 25 seconds Number of sessions: 10 sessions Duration of intervention: two consecutive weeks
Other Names:
  • Active rTMS group
  • Sham rTMS group
Device: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation
Intensity: 110% of motor threshold Frequency: 10 Hz Number of trains: 40 Duration of trains: 5 seconds Interval inter trains: 25 seconds Number of pulses each session: 2.000 Total number of pulses: 20.000
Other Names:
  • Arm 1: Active rTMS
  • Arm 2: Sham rTMS

Detailed Description:

Subjects:

I. Eligibility criteria:

  1. Male and female participants
  2. Older adults aged 60-74 years
  3. Education ≥ 4 years
  4. Performance on neuropsychological tests below normal for age and education
  5. Availability to attend the sessions of the application of TMS and neuropsychological assessments
  6. Signing an informed consent by the participant or his guardian

II. No eligibility criteria:

  1. Prior diagnosis of dementia
  2. Any psychiatric disorder, except for mild depression in remission for at least 6 months. Shall be excluded those with scores > 12 on the Hamilton Depression Scale
  3. History of neurosurgery and implantation of metal clips, head trauma, implantation of cardiac pacemakers, stroke, transient ischemic attack, cardiac surgery
  4. Clinical or neurological diseases with impact on cognitive ability
  5. Neurodegenerative central nervous system disease(eg. Parkinson Disease)
  6. Alcohol and other drug abstinence for less than one year
  7. Use of psychotropic medications (anticholinergic, mood stabilizers, neuroleptics), except for antidepressants
  8. Chronic use of benzodiazepines with abstinence for less than 6 months
  9. Severe uncontrolled organic disease that might interfere with the conduct of the study, such as cancer, congestive heart disease, digestive disorders, diabetes mellitus type I or type II, dyslipidemia etc.
  10. Sensory impairments(to guarantee a adequate performance in the tests to evaluate cognitive functions)
  11. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain with evidence of lacunar or large vessels infarctions, cerebral hemorrhage

13. Hachinski Ischemic score of > 7 (or modified by Loeb > 5) 14. Any other condition that in the opinion of the investigator becomes problematic inclusion of the patient in a trial of this nature, as well as patients who do not adhere or do not cooperate.

III. Outcome measures:

Will be considered as an outcome measure a variation greater than or equal to 10% compared to baseline scores of neuropsychological tests, which will be applied on three occasions: immediately before (T0), after treatment (T2) and 4 weeks after the end of it (T3).

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years to 74 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participants of both sexes
  • Aged between 60 and 74 years
  • Schooling ≥ 4 years
  • Performance on neuropsychological tests of up to 1.5 standard deviations below normal for age and education
  • Signing an informed consent by the participant or his guardian.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior diagnosis of dementia.
  • Any psychiatric disorder, except for mild depression for at least six months.
  • Shall be excluded those with scores> 12 on the Hamilton scale.
  • History of neurosurgery and implantation of metal clips, head trauma, implantation of cardiac pacemakers, stroke, transient ischemic attack, cardiac surgery
  • Clinical or neurological diseases with an impact on cognitive ability
  • Neurodegenerative central nervous system (eg Parkinson's disease)
  • Alcohol and other drug dependency with abstinence for less than a year
  • Use of psychotropic medications (anticholinergic, mood stabilizers, neuroleptics), except for antidepressants
  • Chronic use of benzodiazepines with abstinence for less than six months
  • Use of vitamin supplements (multivitamins, folic acid, vitamin B12), ginkgo biloba
  • Severe uncontrolled organic disease that could interfere in the conduct of the study, such as cancer, heart disease, digestive disorders, diabetes mellitus type I or type II, uncontrolled dyslipidemia etc.
  • Sensory disabilities, intellectual, preventing them from adequately perform the necessary tests to assess cognitive function
  • Cerebrovascular disease based on Hachinsky score.
  • History of head trauma.
  • Any other condition that in the opinion of the investigator makes problematic the inclusion of the patient in a trial of this nature, as well as patients who do not adhere or not to cooperate.
  • Worsening of the primary symptoms during the treatment.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01292382

Contacts
Contact: Hellen Marra 55 11 3069-8159 hellen.marra@usp.br

Locations
Brazil
University of Sao Paulo General Hospital Recruiting
Sao Paulo, Brazil, 05453-010
Contact: Hellen Marra    +55 11 3069 8159    hellen.marra@usp.br   
Contact: Marco Marcolin    +55 11 3069 8159    marcolin@usp.br   
Principal Investigator: Marco Marcolin         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Sao Paulo General Hospital
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Marco Marcolin University of Sao Paulo General Hospital
  More Information

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Responsible Party: University of Sao Paulo General Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01292382     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: rTMSCogOld
Study First Received: October 5, 2010
Last Updated: April 20, 2011
Health Authority: Brazil: National Committee of Ethics in Research

Keywords provided by University of Sao Paulo General Hospital:
Elderly
Memory
Cognition
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cognition Disorders
Mild Cognitive Impairment
Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic, Cognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders

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