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Communication by Brain - Computer Interface in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis:Feasibility Study

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01897818
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified May 2013 by Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : July 12, 2013
Last Update Posted : July 12, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice

Brief Summary:
ALS is a severe progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by degeneration motor neurons leading to death in 3 to 5 years. Gradually in time, the patient deprived of all motor skills as well as the possibility of communication written and oral developing a state close Locked In Syndrome (LIS). The main objective is to establish the feasibility of brain-computer interface using the pathological condition, with dependent disabled subjects as a means of communication.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Device: communication system P300 Speller Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Study Start Date : July 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 2015

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: ALS patients Device: communication system P300 Speller

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. the full achievement of "copy spelling" and "free spelling" tests session 1 [ Time Frame: 14 days after inclusion ]
  2. the full achievement of "copy spelling" and "free spelling" tests session 2 [ Time Frame: 28 days after inclusion ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age >= 18
  • have a diagnosis of ALS suspected, possible, probable with EMG
  • be able to follow the study process and to comply with the schedule of visits upon entry into the study
  • understand the purpose of the study
  • expressing P300 wave in the conditions of the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • have a mental illness or clinical dementia defined clinically significant may hinder the patient's ability to follow the procedures of the study
  • have a significant history of photosensitive epilepsy
  • have a history of allergy to the gel used for the electrodes
  • Major protected by law (guardianship, curators)
  • have uncorrectable visual disorders
  • not being able to maintain a sitting position and focus on a computer screen for more than 30 min.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01897818

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Contact: Claude DESNUELLE, Pr

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Hôpital de l'Archet I Recruiting
Nice, France, 06202
Contact: Claude DESNUELLE, Pr   
Principal Investigator: Claude DESNUELLE, Pr         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice
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Responsible Party: Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice Identifier: NCT01897818    
Other Study ID Numbers: 12-PP-16
First Posted: July 12, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 12, 2013
Last Verified: May 2013
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Motor Neuron Disease
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Pathologic Processes
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
TDP-43 Proteinopathies
Proteostasis Deficiencies
Metabolic Diseases