High-Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) of the Parietal Cortex in Anorexia Nervosa: A Pilot, Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT)

About this study

Participants are sought for a treatment trial assessing the effectiveness of non-invasive brain stimulation for people with Anorexia Nervosa. The purpose of this study is to see whether a type of brain stimulation, called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), helps improve symptoms in people with anorexia nervosa. tDCS involves a low electrical current being administered to your scalp. This is a very common technique that is used for improving symptoms in various conditions, as well as enhancing performance on certain tasks in healthy people.

Research TeamCoordinating Principal Investigator: Dr Andrea Phillipou, Primary contact/research assistant: Ms. Stephanie Miles
InstitutionSwinburne University of Technology, St Vincent's H
Ethics Approval NumberSHR Project 2018/345 and HREC 161/18
Funding SourceThe Swiss Anorexia Nervosa Foundation
Project Start Date23 May 2019
Project End Date18 December 2020
ParticipantsTo be eligible to participate in this study, you must be:
- >18yo
- Female
- Right-handed; and
- Have a current diagnosis of anorexia nervosa
Whats InvolvedParticipation will involve 10 daily sessions over 2 weeks (weekdays only) at Swinburne University. The 1st session and 10th session (the last day of 2-week period) will take approximately 4 hours each, and sessions 2-8 (the in-between sessions) will take about 40 minutes each. Each of these 10 sessions will involve the tDCS procedure. The 1st and 10th sessions will also involve a range of clinical measures, cognitive tasks and MRI scans.
We will also ask you to participate in 2 additional sessions at 4 and 12 weeks following your last session. These sessions will take less than 3 hours each and will just involve the clinical and cognitive tasks (no brain stimulation or MRI). You will receive a total of $300 for your participation.
LocationSwinburne University of Technology, St Vincent's H
Contact Details

Stephanie Miles: smiles@swin.edu.au

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