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What is the DBS Study?

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) consists of a neurosurgical procedure involving the implantation of electrodes in certain areas of the brain and a pacemaker-like device under the skin. The electrodes change brain activity by sending out electrical impulses. This type of treatment has been beneficial for a number of disorders including Parkinson’s Disease, tremor, chronic pain, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

What is the Purpose of the DBS Study?

The primary objective of this feasibility study is to evaluate the safety of DBS-f in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease by assessing all device and/or therapy related adverse events. The secondary objective is to preliminary estimate the treatment effect size on the outcomes of interest at 12 months post-randomization. The objectives do not involve formal tests of hypotheses.

Eligibility

The study is ongoing at the Memory and Aging Clinic at Butler Hospital, but is no longer enrolling subjects

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