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MRS Probe Study of Alcohol

This study has been completed.
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Mark Frye, Mayo Clinic Identifier:
First received: August 30, 2012
Last updated: June 27, 2014
Last verified: June 2014

August 30, 2012
June 27, 2014
August 2012
March 2014   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Utilizing Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy at 3 Tesla, investigate the neurobiological underpinnings of alcohol craving
assessing baseline perturbations in anterior cingulate and ventral striatal metabolites (NAA levels, glutamate levels, glutamine levels)
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01679444 on Archive Site
Evaluate the relationship between these metabolites, each reported as a Cerebrospinal Fluid-corrected absolute concentration, and severity of alcohol cravings
Evaluate the relationship between these metabolites, each reported as a Cerebrospinal fluid-corrected absolute concentration, and severity of alcohol cravings, as measured primarily by the Penn Alcohol Craving Scale and secondarily by the Inventory of Drug Taking Situations.
Same as current
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MRS Probe Study of Alcohol
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Probe Study of Alcohol Use
This protocol will investigate the neurobiological underpinnings of alcohol craving in recently detoxified alcoholic drinkers utilizing novel functional brain imaging. This clinical magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) study will investigate whether glutamate and other brain metabolites correlate to measures of alcohol craving severity
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Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Heavy Dose Drinkers
Procedure: Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Other Name: MRS
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June 2014
March 2014   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria: (Minimal or No Alcohol Group)

  1. Male or female age 21-70
  2. Consume less alcohol then what is described in this protocol as a "higher dose drinker", or consume no alcohol at all.
  3. Able to complete a 60 min. MRS brain scan.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Inability to speak English
  2. Inability or unwillingness to provide written informed consent
  3. Diagnosis of active substance dependence other than nicotine (e.g. alcohol, cannabis, caffeine, prescription use of barbiturates, benzodiazepines, opiates, or stimulants) this will be determined using a PRISM (Psychiatric Research Interview for Substance and Mental Disorders) interview.
  4. Any unstable active medical or additional psychiatric condition as determined by the investigator
  5. Active suicidal ideation as determined by the PHQ-9 question 9 indicating response #2 or higher (several days; more than half the days; or nearly every day).
  6. History of encephalopathy, hepatic failure, or HIV seropositivity
  7. History of claustrophobia
  8. History of major head trauma with loss of consciousness >5 minutes or skull fracture
  9. History of previous neurological event (e.g. epilepsy, stroke, transient ischemic attack)
  10. Implanted metal objects (e.g. pacemakers; aneurysm clips; metal prostheses, joints, rods, or plates)
  11. Contraindication to MRI scanning
  12. Pregnancy or breast-feeding
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
21 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
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United States
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Mark Frye, Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
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Principal Investigator: Mark Frye, MD Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
June 2014

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