“Clinical Intervention in Alcohol Use Disorder”
Long-term abstinence from alcohol is supported by a compensatory mechanism in functional brain connectivity, a potential brain biomarker that could be an intervention target. These findings provide a compelling case to explore whether this brain biomarker can be modulated to enhance patients' ability to remain abstinent. There is a need to investigate methods that can be used to increase functional brain connectivity. The overall objective of this proposal is to enhance brain functional connectivity in short-term abstinent alcoholics as a therapeutic intervention that supports abstinence.
Device - Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)
TDCS will be performed with Neuroelectrics Starstim Enobio 20, an approved research device without an investigational device exemption due to meeting criteria for non-significant risk. It has built-in safety mechanisms which allow for immediate cessation of stimulation if the subject becomes uncomfortable. The current will be administered via two electrode sponges for 25 mins with 1-2 milliamperes. These administration protocols are in line with protocols that have outlined safe administration ( ...read more on ClinicalTrials.org
Combining Neuro-Imaging and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation for Clinical Intervention in Alcohol Use Disorder