Last updated on September 2018

Effect of Modulating Gamma Oscillations Using tACS


Brief description of study

This study aims to implement an intervention based on multiple, individualized multifocal tACS stimulation sessions based on individual PET and MRI information in patients with amyloid-positive PET with the hope that this leads to microglia activation and decrease in cerebral amyloid and tau depositions in human patients with AD.

Detailed Study Description

This study will leverage all this accumulated knowledge by implementing an intervention based on multiple, individualized multifocal tACS stimulation sessions based on individual PET and MRI information in patients with amyloid-positive PET with the hope that this leads to microglia activation and decrease in cerebral amyloid and tau depositions in human patients with AD.This would have immense translational impact, as gamma tACS is an intervention that is portable, does not require expensive hardware, can be widely applied to large numbers of patients with AD, as well as, given its favorable side effect profile, even to patients at earlier stages of the disease who have cerebral amyloid/tau without clinical symptoms.

The investigators aim to enroll 10 individuals with AD with evidence of increased cerebral amyloid burden on amyloid PET imaging. This would allow for a final sample size of 5-6 fully evaluable subjects. Each subject's participation in this study will consist of approximately 31-35 visits: 1 day for consent and screening procedures, 5-7 days of baseline procedures (this includes the PET scans), 20 tACS study visits, and 5-7 days of follow-up assessments. Subjects will undergo baseline cognitive assessment, structural and functional MRI characterization, PET imaging to assess amyloid burden, tau deposition and level of microglia activation, and resting-state EEG measurement. Additionally, subjects will undergo a TMS-EEG and a tACS-EEG recording session to assess brain plasticity levels and identify markers of response to stimulation. All subjects will subsequently undergo 20 sessions of gamma-frequency (40 Hz) tACS. At the end of the 20 sessions, subjects will then repeat the baseline assessments over 5-7 visits, including repeat PET imaging to assess for changes in amyloid burden, tau deposition, and microglia activation.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03412604

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Rachel Paciorek

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA United States
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Recruitment Status: Open


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