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rTMS Target Identification for Functional Disability in AUD+mTBI (rTMS-TARGET-ID)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04043442
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : August 2, 2019
Last Update Posted : August 2, 2019
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development

Brief Summary:
The objectives of this VA Merit application are to identify a neural target unique to Veterans with co-occurring alcohol use disorder and mild traumatic brain injury (AUD+mTBI) and to test the efficacy of this target as a stimulation site for repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) treatment to maximize functional recovery. rTMS will soon be a treatment option at 30 VAs nationwide and preliminary studies show promise for AUD and mTBI treatment. A better understanding of how AUD+mTBI impacts the brain needs to occur in order to advance rTMS to optimize function. This research is aligned with the VA RR&D's mission to generate knowledge and innovations to advance the rehabilitative health and care of Veterans, to effectively integrate clinical and applied rehabilitation research, and translate research results into practice. This research is also aligned with the goal of the Psychological Health & Social Reintegration portfolio to develop interventions improving psychological health status of Veterans enabling them to function more fully in society.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Alcohol Use Disorder Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Device: Magventure MagProX100 with MagOption stimulator and Magpro Cool Coil B65 A/P Phase 2

Detailed Description:
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) impact functional abilities. AUD occurs in up to 35% of Veterans with mTBI. Evidence suggests that co-occurrence of AUD and mTBI (AUD+mTBI) leads to an exacerbation of brain dysfunction, symptom manifestation, and ultimately, functional disability. Alcohol-related characteristics are operationally defined per AUD symptoms and outcomes including, but not limited to, alcohol consumption, alcohol craving, and AUD severity. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a non-invasive neuromodulatory treatment that will soon be a treatment option at 30 VAs nationwide. Preliminary rTMS efficacy is demonstrated for AUD alone and mTBI alone using a variety of neural targets. rTMS is, thus, a promising treatment for AUD+mTBI. The objectives of this study are to 1) identify neural targets (i.e. site of stimulation) associated with both alcohol-related characteristics and self-reported functional disability, and 2) assess preliminary efficacy and sustainability of a high frequency rTMS protocol applied to these customized neural targets relative to the commonly used left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) site. Addressing these objectives are essential steps towards the long-term research goal [to customize and clinically implement a rTMS treatment] that can improve brain function resulting in optimal recovery for Veterans with AUD+mTBI. To address the first study objective, Veterans will be recruited and classified into one of two groups based on structured-interviews, self-report measures, and neuropsychological assessments: 1) AUD+mTBI, and 2) [Veteran controls] without a history or symptoms of mTBI or AUD. Alcohol-related characteristics will be assessed through objective measures of alcohol use, self-report measures, and structured interviews. Self-reported functional disability will be assessed using the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 (WHODAS). Neuroimaging metrics will be assessed through a multi-modal, functional and structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. Participants will complete a functional MRI (fMRI) protocol where brain activation will be measured in response to viewing images related to alcohol, compared to neutral images. Advanced neuroimaging procedures to determine the structural integrity of white matter fibers in the brain and spontaneous activity in brain networks, a process called resting state functional connectivity (rsFC), will also be conducted. To address the second study objective, AUD+mTBI Veterans will receive rTMS at one site randomly assigned from a set of 4 sites: 3 customized neural targets identified in this study, and the commonly used left DLPFC. AUD+mTBI Veterans will complete 10 PLACEBO, then 10 ACTIVE rTMS sessions in a within-subjects design. Follow-up WHODAS assessments will occur at 2-weeks, 1-month and 6-months post-ACTIVE rTMS. Aim 1 will identify unique neural targets for rTMS to treat AUD+mTBI by determining which multi-modal neuroimaging metrics are most strongly associated with both alcohol-related characteristics and functional disability. Aim 2 will [test preliminary efficacy of high-frequency rTMS administered over the customized neural targets] to treat functional disability among Veterans with AUD+mTBI. Aim 3 will assess sustainability of rTMS effects on functional disability for Veterans with AUD+mTBI. The investigators hypothesize that for Veterans with AUD+mTBI, there are neural substrates of AUD related to functional disability, and that neuromodulation of these substrates will be related to gains in functional disability. The investigators' innovative approach represents an advancement in the field of neurorehabilitation because a neural target will be systematically defined, using multi-modal neuroimaging, prior to preliminary rTMS efficacy and sustainability testing. These steps are necessary to customize rTMS treatment for a population of Veterans with co-occurring conditions and unique health care needs. Thus, the outcomes of this research will optimize function for Veterans with AUD+mTBI.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Magventure MagProX100 with MagOption stimulator and Magpro Cool Coil B65 A/P and Magpro C-B60
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Masking Description:

Single Blind. A single blind will be maintained. Veterans will not know when they are receiving which treatment. Researchers will be unblinded to treatment order.

rTMS Device and Blinding Procedures. PLACEBO and ACTIVE rTMS will be delivered with the Magventure MagProX100 with MagOption stimulator and Magpro Cool Coil B65 A/P, which can be switched to active or placebo (A/P). The PLACEBO rTMS looks, sounds, and feels like ACTIVE rTMS. Each rTMS treater will be assigned a specific site of stimulation (Group 1, 2, 3, or 4) and will be blinded to the anatomical location of the other 3 sites. rTMS treaters and assessment administrators will be different people for each participant.

Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Neural Target Identification for Functional Disability Associated With Alcohol Related Characteristics Among Veterans With Co-occurring Alcohol Use Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury
Estimated Study Start Date : December 1, 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 1, 2023
Estimated Study Completion Date : September 30, 2023

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Custom Neural Target Group 1
Custom neural anatomical target 1 defined by neuroimaging data
Device: Magventure MagProX100 with MagOption stimulator and Magpro Cool Coil B65 A/P
rTMS device
Other Name: rTMS device

Active Comparator: Custom Neural Target Group 2
Custom neural anatomical target 2 defined by neuroimaging data
Device: Magventure MagProX100 with MagOption stimulator and Magpro Cool Coil B65 A/P
rTMS device
Other Name: rTMS device

Active Comparator: Custom Neural Target Group 3
Custom neural anatomical target 3 defined by neuroimaging data
Device: Magventure MagProX100 with MagOption stimulator and Magpro Cool Coil B65 A/P
rTMS device
Other Name: rTMS device

Active Comparator: Standard Neural Target Group
Neural anatomical target will be the Left Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex identified using the 5cm from the motor "hot spot" rule.
Device: Magventure MagProX100 with MagOption stimulator and Magpro Cool Coil B65 A/P
rTMS device
Other Name: rTMS device




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 (WHODAS) Change [ Time Frame: baseline, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 6 months ]
    36-item self report measure of global functional disability. We will use the complex scoring method which creates a summary score into a metric ranging from 0 to 100 (where 0 = no disability; 100 = full disability).



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Ages Eligible for Study:   22 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Can read and speak English
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) criteria for AUD
  • Symptom Attribution and Classification (SACA) criteria (Pape, Herrold et al 2016, JHTR) for mTBI (without requirement of clinical neuropsychological impairment)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of moderate to severe TBI
  • Neurodegenerative disease (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis)
  • History of or current psychotic spectrum disorders (i.e., schizophrenia, schizoaffective and bipolar disorders)
  • Intellectual disability (WTAR predicted full-scale IQ score < 70)42
  • Are pregnant or nursing
  • Use of benzodiazepines, opiates, cocaine, or amphetamines in the past 30 days
  • Meet DSM-5 criteria for moderate to severe cannabis use disorder
  • Contraindications to MRI (e.g., claustrophobia, ferromagnetic metal in eyes or face, congestive heart failure, implanted cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator, cochlear implant, nerve stimulator)
  • Meet SACA criteria for 'Questionable Validity' of performance effort and symptom reporting

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04043442


Contacts
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Contact: William Wolf, PhD (708) 202-8387 William.Wolf@va.gov
Contact: Amanda Smithy (708) 202-8387 ext 23787 Amanda.Smithy@va.gov

Locations
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United States, Illinois
Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, IL Not yet recruiting
Hines, Illinois, United States, 60141-5000
Contact: Steven E Braverman    708-202-8387 ext 25639    Steven.Braverman2@va.gov   
Contact: Elaine Adams, MD       Elaine.Adams@va.gov   
Principal Investigator: Amy A Herrold, PhD BA         
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Amy A Herrold, PhD BA Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, IL

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Responsible Party: VA Office of Research and Development
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04043442     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: D2916-R
I01 RX002916 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: VA ORD RR&D )
First Posted: August 2, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 2, 2019
Last Verified: July 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description: A de-identified, anonymized dataset will be created and shared. MRI images will anonymized and made available through the Northwestern University Neuroimaging Data Archive (NUNDA). Final data sets will be made available as per Hines VA Hospital local policy for long term storage and access until enterprise-level resources become available. These data will be available upon request by researchers and scientists in accordance with federal guidelines and Hines local policy.The data provided will be sufficient for anyone to perform analogous or supplemental analyses that would permit validation of the analysis and results. The sharing of data will enable others to evaluate the data and to validate and interpret the data independently. In order to insure that replication is possible and transparency, statistical code complementary to datasets will be made available through the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research Informatics System.
Supporting Materials: Study Protocol
Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP)
Analytic Code
Time Frame: Three years after study completion or after all primary papers have been accepted for publication.
Access Criteria: Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research Informatics System.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: Yes
Device Product Not Approved or Cleared by U.S. FDA: No
Pediatric Postmarket Surveillance of a Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: No

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Brain Injuries
Brain Injuries, Traumatic
Alcohol Drinking
Alcoholism
Brain Concussion
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Craniocerebral Trauma
Trauma, Nervous System
Wounds and Injuries
Drinking Behavior
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Head Injuries, Closed
Wounds, Nonpenetrating