NIMH Rhythms and Blues Study: A Prospective Natural History Study of Motor Activity, Mood States, and Bipolar Disorder
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT05669703|
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : January 3, 2023
Last Update Posted : March 30, 2023
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Mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder, can have serious effects on a person s life. People with bipolar disorder are more likely to have heart disease and abuse substances. In this natural history study, researchers would like to learn more about the connection between exercise and mental health in people with and without mood disorders.
To better understand relationships among physical activity, sleep, and mental health.
People aged 12 to 60 years with a history of a mood disorder. Healthy spouses and relatives with no mood disorders are also needed.
Participants will be in the study up to 2 years.
For up to 20 days in a row, at 4 times during the study, participants will:
Complete an electronic diary on their smartphone. Participants will answer questions about their mood, health, sleep, and daily activities.
Wear an activity monitor, like a wristwatch, that records how much they move.
Wear a light sensor, as a necklace, to record the amount of light in their environment.
Some participants will do additional tests. Twice during the study, for 3 days in a row, they will:
Wear monitors to record their temperature, heart rate, and sleep.
Provide saliva samples.
Complete cognitive tasks on their smartphone.
Participants will visit the NIH clinic 2 times. They will have a physical exam, with blood and urine tests. They will wear a heart monitor. They will ride a stationary bike for 30 minutes. They may have an imaging scan.
Some participants will stay overnight. They will go to sleep wearing a cap to measure their brain activity.
|Condition or disease|
|Bipolar Disorder Major Depression Migraine|
The overarching goal of this study is to investigate potential mechanisms underlying the association between motor activity and mood states and disorders. In a previous study using real-time tracking of objectively assessed motor activity and subjectively rated mood states with ecological momentary assessments (EMA), we found a unidirectional association between motor activity and mood that was especially notable among adults with bipolar I (BPI) disorder. The proposed study seeks to replicate these findings, and more extensively characterize the associations between motor activity and mood states by expanding the assessments of individual, physiologic, cognitive, and environmental correlates. This study will employ an intensive longitudinal design with combined ecological and laboratory assessments in the NIH Clinical Center in a sample of 280 probands with a lifetime history of bipolar I (BPI) disorder, bipolar II (BPII) disorder, major depressive disorder (MDD), or no lifetime history of a mood disorder. The study will also include up to 700 first-degree relatives (280 siblings and 420 offspring) and 280 spouses of the probands. About one-third (35%) of the probands, spouses and offspring will be randomly selected to participate in an inpatient component. The overarching hypothesis is that increases in motor activity, especially exercise, are associated with improvements in mood states. These findings will have implications for interventions in both the general community and clinical samples of people with mood disorders.
Objectives: The study has four specific aims:
- Examine the associations between motor activity (using high resolution wearable sensors that are time-synchronized with EMA) and mood states in probands with a lifetime history of BPI disorder, BPII disorder, MDD, or no mood disorder (Multidomain Ecological Assessment).
- Evaluate associations between motor activity and mood states among first-degree relatives and spouses of probands with and without BPI disorder, BPII disorder, MDD, or other mood disorder (Familial Patterns).
- Quantify the impacts of exercise (a submaximal exercise test) on mood states and related domains by mood-disorder group in a controlled laboratory setting (Exercise).
- Explore potential correlates of the association between motor activity and mood states (Correlates).
- Subjective mood and energy ratings assessed 4 times daily with EMA in ecological settings;
- Scores on standardized questionnaires of mood and mania/hypomania;
- Clinical rating scales;
- Within subject and group level averages and variability.
- Subjective mood and energy ratings assessed with EMA before and after exercise;
- Clinical rating scales;
- Continuous heart rate measurements, blood pressure before and after (immediately, 0.5, 1,3, 12, and 24 hrs.) exercise.
Potential correlates of the association between motor activity and mood states including individual factors (e.g., age, sex, comorbidity, medical history), physiologic factors (e.g., heart rate, cortisol, light sensitivity), cognitive factors (e.g., performance on cognitive and neuroimaging tasks), and environmental factors (e.g., light, season, temperature).
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Estimated Enrollment :||1260 participants|
|Official Title:||NIMH Rhythms and Blues Study: A Prospective Natural History Study of Motor Activity, Mood States, and Bipolar Disorder|
|Estimated Study Start Date :||April 4, 2023|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||July 31, 2026|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||July 31, 2026|
Community cohort of families
- Scores on standardized questionnaires [ Time Frame: Every 6 months ]Using standardized scales
- Subjective mood and energy ratings [ Time Frame: 4x daily ]Using EMA
- Clinical rating scales [ Time Frame: Every 6 months ]Using standardized scales
- Continuous heart rate measurements, blood pressure [ Time Frame: Before and after exercise ]Using standardized measures
- Subjective mood and energy rating [ Time Frame: Before and after exercise ]Using EMA
- Clinical rating scales [ Time Frame: Before and after exercise ]Using standardized scales
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|Ages Eligible for Study:||12 Years to 70 Years (Child, Adult, Older Adult)|
|Sexes Eligible for Study:||All|
|Accepts Healthy Volunteers:||Yes|
|Sampling Method:||Non-Probability Sample|
- INCLUSION CRITERIA:
To be eligible to participate in this study, an individual must meet all of the following criteria:
- Stated willingness to comply with all study procedures and availability for the duration of the study
- Aged 12-60
- Probands must agree to direct evaluation (in either the outpatient or inpatient component) at the NIH Clinical Center
- Probands must have at least one first-degree relative agree to participate
- Affected probands must have a lifetime history of a mood disorder
- Unaffected probands must have no lifetime history of a mood disorder
- In good general health as evidenced by medical history
- Agreement to adhere to Lifestyle Considerations throughout study duration
- Ability of subject (or Legally Authorized Representative (LAR)) to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document.
The presence of certain medical conditions may interfere with the interpretation or increase risk of medical complications of the assessments including exercise. Therefore, an individual who meets any of the following criteria will be excluded from participation in this study:
- Liver disease or ALT serum level greater than two times the laboratory upper limit of normal
- Abnormal kidney function (eGFR<60 ml/min/1.73m^2)
- People in acute episodes of mania or depression (not excluded, but will delay study entry until sufficiently managed to allow participation in study procedures).
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT05669703
|Contact: Alyssa T McGraw||(301) email@example.com|
|Contact: Kathleen Merikangas, Ph.D.||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|United States, Maryland|
|National Institutes of Health Clinical Center||Recruiting|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|
|Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Office of Patient Recruitment (OPR) 800-411-1222 ext TTY dial 711 email@example.com|
|Principal Investigator:||Kathleen Merikangas, Ph.D.||National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)|
|Responsible Party:||National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)|
|Other Study ID Numbers:||
|First Posted:||January 3, 2023 Key Record Dates|
|Last Update Posted:||March 30, 2023|
|Last Verified:||February 9, 2023|
|Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:|
|Plan to Share IPD:||Undecided|
|Plan Description:||.Our intention is to share aggregated data.|
|Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product:||No|
|Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product:||No|
Ecological Momentary Assessments
Bipolar and Related Disorders