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The Effects of Smoking Withdrawal On Resting State Functional Connectivity (SmokeAtt04)

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University Identifier:
First received: February 20, 2012
Last updated: January 30, 2017
Last verified: January 2013
The purpose of this study is to see how the brain differs between smoking regularly and after not smoking for 24 hours. The investigators will be using an MRI machine to get the information from adult smokers and non-smokers while they lie in the scanner with their eyes closed. Smokers will be scanned when they have not smoked for 24 hrs and shortly after smoking. It is our hypothesis that brain activity will be altered after not smoking for 24 hours.

Condition Intervention
Smoking Behavioral: Abstain from smoking for 24 hours

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: The Effects of Smoking Withdrawal on Resting State Functional Connectivity

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Further study details as provided by Duke University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signal [ Time Frame: following smoking cigarette 30 minutes prior to scan ]
    Smokers will be scanned after smoking to satiety. In order to be considered satiated, smokers will have to be regular smokers (smoking daily for at least 2 years).

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signal [ Time Frame: 24 hours abstinence ]
    Smokers will be asked to stop smoking 24 hours prior to the scan without the aid of nicotine replacement therapies. They will resume smoking as usual 24 hours after the scan.

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: February 2012
Study Completion Date: September 2012
Primary Completion Date: September 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Abstain from smoking for 24 hours
    Compare smoking satiation to 24 hour smoking abstinence
Detailed Description:
The broad objective of this proposal is to identify functional neuroanatomical correlates of changes in brain functional connectivity during smoking abstinence. The investigators will measure changes in regional blood oxygenation levels using fMRI while adult smokers and non-smokers lie in the scanner with their eyes closed. Smokers will be scanned when they are abstinent from smoking for 24 hrs and shortly after smoking. Our primary hypothesis is that smoking abstinence will alter resting state brain activity (or resting state functional connectivity; RSFC) across widely distributed neural networks and that high-resolution fMRI will help in resolving the exact nature of such changes. Data will be analyzed using methods developed in our laboratory and applied to other resting state datasets. All of the procedures used in the study are well validated and introduce only minor risk to participants (e.g. blood draw; MRI).

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Right handed
  • Drug free
  • No known health problems
  • Currently not taking any medication
  • Uninterested in quitting smoking long term

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Left handed/ambidextrous
  • Currently taking medication
  • Interested in quitting long term
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01632384

United States, North Carolina
Duke Health Behavior Neuroscience Research Program
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27705
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: Francis J McClernon, Ph.D. Duke University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Duke University Identifier: NCT01632384     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00031550
R01DA023516 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: February 20, 2012
Last Updated: January 30, 2017

Keywords provided by Duke University:
Drug free
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