Age-related Longitudinal Changes in Aviator Performance

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified December 2013 by Stanford University
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Stanford University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01364753
First received: May 31, 2011
Last updated: December 2, 2013
Last verified: December 2013
  Purpose

Our overall goal has been twofold: 1) to evaluate whether there are significant age-related changes in flight simulator performance near age 60, and 2) to assess whether there is an alternative model that can explain longitudinal flight simulator performance on the basis of measures of cognitive function and expertise.


Condition
Memory Impairment

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Age-related Longitudinal Changes in Aviator Performance

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Further study details as provided by Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Aviation-related performance over time. [ Time Frame: longitudinal ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Participants "fly" in our computerized flight simulator and perform a set of brief tasks designed to measure reaction time and attention span. The study is longitudinal, collecting information about aviation-related performance over time. There is an initial training period, followed by annual visits. During the training period participants learn how to "fly" the simulator, and performance on certain standard maneuvers will be measured during a maximum of 6 simulated flights. At each annual visit, participants fly two 75-minute simulated flights and may be asked to perform up to four holding patterns and instrument landings.


Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA

saliva


Estimated Enrollment: 400
Study Start Date: January 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
Pilots
No intervention; observational study

Detailed Description:

Our overall goal has been twofold: 1) to evaluate whether there are significant age-related changes in flight simulator performance near age 60, and 2) to assess whether there is an alternative model that can explain longitudinal flight simulator performance on the basis of measures of cognitive function and expertise. Such a model might be able to predict change in aviator performance better than what could be predicted by chronological age alone.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   45 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

healthy older pilots holding active airplane license

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:1) licensed aircraft pilot 2) 45 to 70 years of age 3) at least 100 hours of total flight experience 4) current FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) medical certificate of class III or higher

Exclusion Criteria:1) taking psychotropic medications 2) taking other medications with arousal or sedative effects

  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01364753

Contacts
Contact: Daniel Heraldez (650) 852-3457 heraldez@stanford.edu

Locations
United States, California
VA Palo Alto Health Care System Recruiting
Palo Alto, California, United States, 94304
Contact: Daniel Heraldez    650-852-3457    heraldez@stanford.edu   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Jerome A Yesavage Stanford University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Stanford University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01364753     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SU-06302009-2940, 11905
Study First Received: May 31, 2011
Last Updated: December 2, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Stanford University:
Memory
Aviation

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on September 30, 2014