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Assessment of Cholinergic and Cognitive Function Using Pharmacologic ASL-Perfusion MRI

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Tamara Fong, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston Identifier:
First received: June 21, 2011
Last updated: January 3, 2013
Last verified: January 2013
This research study will look at how medications affect the pattern of blood flow in the brain. This study will use a special type of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan called perfusion MRI to make measurements of cerebral (brain) blood flow. The medications we will use in this study are scopolamine (commonly used to treat motion sickness), mecamylamine (used to treat high blood pressure), and donepezil (used to treat memory loss). Cognitive testing will also be obtained, and correlated with the blood flow patterns in the brain.

Condition Intervention
Cholinergic Function
Drug: Scopolamine
Drug: Placebo
Drug: Donepezil

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator)
Official Title: Assessment of Cholinergic and Cognitive Function Using Pharmacologic ASL-Perfusion MRI

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Further study details as provided by Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Cerebral blood flow [ Time Frame: 3 hours ]
    cerebral blood flow will be measured 3 hours after drug administration using Arterial spin-labeled perfusion MRI

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • cognitive performance [ Time Frame: 4 hours ]
    participants will undergo cognitive testing following drug administration and MRI acquisition

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: July 2008
Study Completion Date: January 2013
Primary Completion Date: January 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Young
Young healthy controls, aged 21-35
Drug: Scopolamine
Scopolamine 0.4mg IM x 1 dose; adjustment in older group for weight (0.4mg/70kg)
Drug: Placebo
IM or PO placebo
Experimental: Older
Older healthy controls, aged 65-80
Drug: Scopolamine
Scopolamine 0.4mg IM x 1 dose; adjustment in older group for weight (0.4mg/70kg)
Drug: Placebo
IM or PO placebo
Drug: Donepezil
donepezil 5mg PO x 1
Other Name: Aricept

Detailed Description:
Project Summary: This research project will investigate the value of combined pharmacologic manipulation and arterial spin-labeled perfusion MRI (pharmacologic ASL-pMRI) as an in vivo probe of cholinergic function. Methods to investigate cholinergic function in vivo are needed to better understand the role of acetylcholine in the physiology of the cerebral cortex, and in cognitive processes in health and in disease states. In this study, pharmacologic ASL-pMRI will be used to characterize the normal cerebral perfusion response to cholinergic manipulation in young healthy subjects. Cognitive measures will also be obtained and correlated with cerebral perfusion changes. Pharmacologic ASL-pMRI and cognitive testing will then be used to study how the cholinergic response is altered with normal aging and in delirium

Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • healthy volunteers

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any neurological condition, such as brain tumor, history of stroke, seizure disorder, attention deficit disorder, normal pressure hydrocephalus, dementia, traumatic brain injury
  • Any major medical conditions, such a cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, prostate disease, uncontrolled hypertension
  • antihistamine use
  • tricyclic antidepressant use
  • presence of metal in body, including pacemaker, defibrillator, neurostimulator, metal implants, or foreign metal objects such as bullets or shrapnel.
  • anxiety or panic disorder
  • history of claustrophobia
  • pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01379001

Sponsors and Collaborators
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston
Principal Investigator: Tamara Fong, MD Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Tamara Fong, Assistant Scientist/Assistant Professor of Neurology, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston Identifier: NCT01379001     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: K23AG031320 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: June 21, 2011
Last Updated: January 3, 2013

Keywords provided by Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston:
cholinergic function
pharmacologic MRI

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Scopolamine Hydrobromide
Butylscopolammonium Bromide
Cholinergic Agents
Adjuvants, Anesthesia
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Cholinergic Antagonists
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Muscarinic Antagonists
Cholinesterase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
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