Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Mal de Débarquement Syndrome

A Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) research study is investigating the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of Mal de Débarquement Syndrome (MdDS), a disorder characterized by chronic rocking dizziness which usually follows prolonged exposure to passive motion such as on a boat, airplane, or car. Some people may develop the disorder spontaneously. The study is recruiting patients with MdDS ages 18 years and older. TMS is a noninvasive form of brain stimulation using a magnetic coil.

Eligibility includes:
• No metal implanted, except for dental fillings
• No serious medical illness
• Not taking tricyclic antidepressant or antipsychotic medications
• No personal or family history of a seizure disorder
• Not pregnant

Participation will require undergoing a brief screening interview over the telephone to assess safety for TMS. If qualified to enter the study, study procedures will include 1-3 MRI scans and 2 to 20 sessions of TMS performed at the Laureate. Qualification for participation in each part of the study will be determined by the investigator.

Compensation at $25 an hour is offered for all components of the study.

For more information, please contact Dr. Yoon-Hee Cha and Diamond Urbano at mddsresearch@laureateinstitute.org.

Cranial Electrical Stimulation for Mal de Débarquement Syndrome

A Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) research study is investigating the use of Cranial Electrical Stimulation (CES) for the treatment of Mal de Débarquement Syndrome (MdDS), a disorder characterized by chronic rocking dizziness which usually follows prolonged exposure to passive motion such as on a boat, airplane, or car. Some people may develop the disorder spontaneously. The study is recruiting patients with MdDS ages 18 years and older. CES is a noninvasive form of brain stimulation using electrical stimulation of the scalp that can be either with either direct or alternating current.

Eligibility includes:
• No metal implanted in the head, except for dental fillings.
• No serious medical illness
• No history of mania or psychosis
• No skin disorder causing wounds on the scalp.
• Not currently pregnant

Participation will require undergoing a brief screening interview over the telephone to assess safety for CES. If qualified to enter the study, study procedures will involve being randomized to either real or sham CES, depending on the phase of the study being entered. Qualification for participation in each part of the study will be determined by the investigator. Compensation is offered for portions of the study.

For more information, please contact Dr. Yoon-Hee Cha or Diamond Urbano at mddsresearch@laureateinstitute.org.

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