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Psilocybin for Depression in People With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Early Alzheimer's Disease

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04123314
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : October 10, 2019
Last Update Posted : March 26, 2021
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Johns Hopkins University

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE October 9, 2019
First Posted Date  ICMJE October 10, 2019
Last Update Posted Date March 26, 2021
Actual Study Start Date  ICMJE March 24, 2021
Estimated Primary Completion Date September 30, 2022   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: October 9, 2019)
Change in Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia (CSDD) score [ Time Frame: Baseline and 1 week after second psilocybin session ]
The Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia (CSDD) is administered via patient and informant interviews to assess the presence and severity of depressive mood and behavioral symptoms during the past week. Has 19 items, each scored from 0 to 2 with higher scores indicating severe symptom.Total score range from 0 to 57.
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Change History
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: October 9, 2019)
Change in Quality of Life Alzheimer's Disease (QOL-AD) scale score [ Time Frame: Baseline and 2 weeks after second psilocybin session ]
The Quality of Life Alzheimer's Disease (QOL-AD) scale is a 13-item measure administered via patient and informant interviews to assess overall mood, physical and cognitive function, and quality of relationships in people with Alzheimer's Disease. Each item is scored 1 to 4, with higher score indicating better quality of life. Total score range from 13 to 52.
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
 
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Psilocybin for Depression in People With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Early Alzheimer's Disease
Official Title  ICMJE Pilot Study of Serotonin 2A Receptor (5-HT2A) Agonist Psilocybin for Depression in Patients With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Early Alzheimer's Disease
Brief Summary This open-label pilot study examines whether the hallucinogenic drug, psilocybin, given under supportive conditions, is safe and effective for depression in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or early Alzheimer's Disease (AD). This study will also assess whether psilocybin may improve quality of life in those individuals.
Detailed Description This is a pilot study evaluating the potential efficacy of psilocybin to produce improvement in depression compared to pre-treatment in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or early Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and clinically significant symptoms of depression. The study will be an open-label trial in a sample of up to 20 treatment-seeking participants with a diagnosis of MCI or early AD. Participants will complete an 8-week course of study treatment including two psilocybin sessions (15 mg/70 kg in week 4 and 15 or 25 mg/70 kg in week 6), with follow-up assessments up to 6 months after the final psilocybin session. The study will assess changes in depressed mood at 1 week after the second psilocybin session compared to pre-treatment, and quality of life in participants from pre- to post-treatment.
Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Early Phase 1
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE
  • Depressive Symptoms
  • Depression
  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
Intervention  ICMJE Drug: Psilocybin
Dosing at the first session will be 15 mg/70 kg. For the second session participants will either remain at the initial dose, or increase to 25 mg/70 kg at the discretion of the study team.
Study Arms  ICMJE Experimental: Psilocybin
Participants will complete an 8-week course of study treatment including weekly psychological support and two moderate to high dose psilocybin administrations in weeks 4 and 6.
Intervention: Drug: Psilocybin
Publications * Not Provided

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Recruiting
Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: October 9, 2019)
20
Original Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE Same as current
Estimated Study Completion Date  ICMJE September 30, 2022
Estimated Primary Completion Date September 30, 2022   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must meet either A) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM-5) criteria for Mild Neurocognitive Disorder due to AD or Major Neurocognitive Disorder due to AD with Mild severity (including probable), or B) meet criteria for MCI including a subjective memory complaint relative to previous functioning and confirmed by Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) Memory score at screening of >0.5
  • Have Mini-Mental State Examination scores from 18 to 26 (inclusive)
  • Have Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia (CSDD) patient score > 6, indicating at minimum a mild to moderate degree of distress; or 2) a DSM-5 diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Mood Disorder due to a Medical Condition, or Adjustment Disorder with depressed mood or with mixed anxiety and depressed mood
  • Have a close friend or family member willing and able to serve the role of community observer / informant for data collection procedures

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Currently taking antidepressants of any drug class, antipsychotics, or Monoamine Oxidase (MAO) inhibitors
  • Participants must agree not to take sildenafil, tadalafil, or similar medications within 72 hours of each psilocybin administration, as these medications may potentiate hypotensive reactions to psilocybin
  • Cardiovascular conditions: angina, a clinically significant ECG abnormality (e.g. atrial fibrillation or QTc >450msec), Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) in the last 6 months, stroke, artificial heart valves, or uncontrolled hypertension with resting blood pressure systolic >150 or diastolic >95
  • Minimum acceptable heartrate at screening is 50 bpm unless the individual is cleared for participation by a cardiologist, in accord with the American College of Cardiology's 2018 guidelines for bradycardia
  • Seizure disorder
  • Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
  • Renal disease (creatinine clearance < 40 ml/min using the Cockcroft and Gault equation)
  • Current or past history of meeting DSM-5 criteria for Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorder (unless substance-induced or due to a medical condition), or Bipolar I Disorder
  • Family (i.e., 1st degree relative) history of Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorder (unless substance-induced or due to a medical condition), or Bipolar I Disorder
Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE No
Contacts  ICMJE
Contact: Hillary Jackson 4105505466 hjacks18@jhmi.edu
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE United States
Removed Location Countries  
 
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT04123314
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE IRB00175915
Has Data Monitoring Committee No
U.S. FDA-regulated Product
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE
Plan to Share IPD: No
Responsible Party Johns Hopkins University
Study Sponsor  ICMJE Johns Hopkins University
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE
Principal Investigator: Albert Garcia-Romeu, MD Johns Hopkins University
PRS Account Johns Hopkins University
Verification Date March 2021

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