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If you are interested in learning more about the Project StRIDE research study, please call (401) 680-4160 or fill out the form below and a staff member will contact you. All information gathered will be treated as confidential.


Primary Principal Investigator

Ana Abrantes

Study Information

Project StRIDE will examine the use of noninvasive brain stimulation called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to counteract the lack of interest or enjoyment in exercise that can accompany depression. All eligible participants will join a tailored, professionally supervised aerobic exercise program that meets three times a week for eight weeks.

Before each exercise session, each participant will undergo a 20-minute session of tDCS. Half of the study participants will be randomly assigned to receive active tDCS where the brain is stimulated and the other half will get non-active tDCS or placebo before each exercise session, followed by 30 minutes of supervised aerobic exercise such as walking on a treadmill.

Participants will complete three follow-up assessments at eight weeks, three months and six months.



Contact Information

For more information or to discuss your eligibility, call (401) 680-4160.

Eligibility Criteria

Someone may be eligible if he or she is between 18 and 65 years of age, currently exercising less than 90 minutes a week, experiencing some depressive symptoms and is interested in starting an exercise program or increasing current levels of exercise.

Compensation/Reimbursement

Eligible participants will be compensated up to $200 for completing all study assessments.



More Information/FAQ

Why is this being done? There is a growing body of research evidence suggesting that tDCS may be useful in affecting cognitive and emotional processing, including in people with depression. With improved cognitive and emotional processing, it is possible that individuals may increase their enjoyment in exercise. tDCS is low-risk, inexpensive and portable, offering what could be a practical option to help increase and maintain physical activity levels for those who are struggling to stick with an exercise program.

How will Project StRIDE work? All eligible participants will join a tailored, professionally supervised aerobic exercise program that meets three times a week for eight weeks. Before each exercise session, each participant will undergo a 20-minute session of tDCS. Half of the study participants will receive active tDCS where the brain is stimulated and the other half will get non-active tDCS or placebo before each exercise session. Participants will complete three follow-up assessments at eight weeks, three months and six months.




Organization
Butler Hospital

Recruitment Status
Open