An fMRI Study of the Effect of Intravenous Oxytocin vs. Placebo on Response Inhibition and Face Processing in Autism

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified April 2007 by Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
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First received: December 7, 2005
Last updated: April 18, 2007
Last verified: April 2007

To study the effect of oxytocin on face processing and response inhibition in autistic adults by fMRI.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Oxytocin
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An fMRI Study of the Effect of Intravenous Oxytocin vs. Placebo on Response Inhibition and Face Processing in Autism

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Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: March 2006
Detailed Description:

Autism is a developmental disorder affecting approximately 60/10,000 individuals. It is characterized by social and language deficits and repetitive behaviors/restricted interests. Functional imaging is becoming a very useful tool in trying to understand the neurobiology of autism. Oxytocin is a hormone produced by the brain to assist with labor and lactation. Recent evidence suggests that it may be involved in social attachment and in repetitive behaviors. In this project, we will study how oxytocin changes the way the brain of autistic adults processes faces, and deals with response inhibition (the ability to interrupt ongoing responses should they prove ineffective or interfering with attaining a goal). There is currently no functional imaging data assessing the effect of oxytocin on the brain. We will explore the activation patterns in response to oxytocin across circuits involved in social cognition (face fusiform area) and response inhibition (caudate, orbitofrontal and dorsolateral cortex) by administering a specific fMRI task activating those circuits before and during an oxytocin infusion. We will also explore the effect of oxytocin in these areas by administering specific cognitive testing not associated with fMRI before and during oxytocin infusion.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Meet DSM-IV, ADI, or ADOS criteria for autism spectrum disorder.
  2. Age 18-50.
  3. Be seen as outpatients
  4. IQ>80
  5. 5. Demonstrate capacity to provide authorized informed consent or provide consent for participation by an approved surrogate on the autistic individual’s behalf

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Subjects who are pregnant or nursing mothers. Sexually active women of childbearing potential who are not using adequate birth control measures.
  2. Subjects with epilepsy.
  3. Subjects with a history of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or other Axis 1 mental disorders, such as bipolar disorder.
  4. Subjects reporting history of encephalitis, phenylketonuria, tuberous sclerosis, fragile X syndrome, anoxia during birth, neurofibromatosis, hypomelanosis, hypothyroidism, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and maternal rubella
  5. Subjects who have received depot neuroleptic medication, or other psychoactive drugs within the past 5 weeks.
  6. Subjects with renal or liver disease or abnormalities in blood chemistry.
  7. Any metallic prosthesis such as plates, pins and screws, shrapnel, metallic foreign body, vascular or neurosurgical clips that may be incompatible with the MRI and any electrical devices such as a pacemaker or a defibrillator
  8. Claustrophobia
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00263796

Contact: Kate Stamper, BA 212-241-7098
Contact: Evdokia Anagnostou, MD 212-241-4229

United States, New York
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Recruiting
New York, New York, United States, 10029-6574
Principal Investigator: Evdokia Anagnostou, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Principal Investigator: Evdokia Anagnostou, MD Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00263796     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GCO # 04-0749 (2)
Study First Received: December 7, 2005
Last Updated: April 18, 2007
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Autistic Disorder
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Mental Disorders Diagnosed in Childhood
Mental Disorders
Reproductive Control Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Pharmacologic Actions
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