Sponsored by Western University, Canada.
Currently, studies are going on the effectiveness of noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS) in neurodegenerative diseases. It is a mode of brain stimulation technique where current is delivered into the brain by placing electrodes into their scalp. Transcranial pulsed current stimulation (tPCS) is a new modality of noninvasive brain stimulation. It is a device that generates electrical impulses. The current generated from this device can stimulate underlying brain areas. The investigators have planned to study the feasibility of non-invasive brain stimulation via tPCS in these patients of Huntington’s disease.
At first, the investigators will rate their involuntary body movement by a standard scale, assess arm movements by a robotic device, assess speech with standard protocol, assess brain electrophysiology by electroencephalography (EEG) and will also do gait (walking) analysis. Next, the investigators will give them 2 week (20 min/day) stimulation via real tPCS (active stimulation) or placebo (sham stimulation). After 2 weeks of stimulation, the investigators will re-assess the patient using the same tools mentioned pre-stimulation.
Each patient will receive real and placebo stimulation with a 1-month gap in between. They will not know whether they are receiving real stimulation or placebo. Assessment will be done before stimulation, after 2 week real stimulation and after 2 week sham stimulation.
A Trial of Non-invasive Brain Stimulation in Huntington’s Disease
Interventional (Clinical Trial)
Location: London Health Sciences Centre
339 Windermere Road, A10-026, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5A5
Status: Not yet recruiting
Principal Investigator: Dr. Mandar Jog
Ages Eligible for Study: 15 Years to 75 Years (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
- Patients of Huntington’s disease diagnosed clinically or genetically proved
Exclusion Criteria (eligibility that would exclude you from this study)
- Patients who can’t walk even with support, like wheel chair bound patients.
- Patients having other issues like stroke that can aggravate speech/ gait.
- Patients who are not able to provide informed consent.
- Patients who are unable to communicate by speech and who can’t comprehend the English language.
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