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  We're looking for participants!

We are looking for people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia and are between 18-55 years. Participants should be on stable antipsychotic medication.

            The BrainStim Project

The BrainSTIM study  examines the relationship between brain waves and attention in schizophrenia. In the first part of the research, we will measure your brain activity with a Magnetoencephalograph. Depending on how you perform in this task, we will then assess the impact of a brain stimulation technique, transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), on the ability to focus attention.

 

            Study Information

What is the research about?

 

The study examines the relationship between brain waves and attention in schizophrenia. In the first part of the research, we will measure your brain activity with a Magnetoencephalograph. Depending on how you perform in this task, we will then assess the impact of a brain stimulation technique, transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), on the ability to focus attention.

 

Who can take part?

 

We are looking for people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia and are between 18-55 years. Participants should be on stable antipsychotic medication.

 

 

What is TACS?

 

Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) is a non-invasive, safe technique for brain stimulation. It works by application of small electrical currents to parts of the brain close to the scalp. tACS involves placing two electrodes on the scalp through which a weak electrical current will pass. tACS does not use X-rays and the electrical current does not have harmful effects.

 

 

What is Brain Imaging?

 

Brain imaging measurements will be conducted with a Magnetoencephalograph (MEG) and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan during separate sessions. A MEG is a machine that detects the electric activity of the brain through sensors that are placed in a helmet surrounding your head. The measurement will last about 90 min a. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and radiowaves to form images of the body.

 

How much time will it take? 

 

We will arrange 4 visits with you over 6-8 weeks. Each visit will last 2-3 hours. 

 

Will I receive payment for taking part?

 

You will receive reimbursements for travel costs should these arise as well as £ 6 for each hour of assessment. In addition, you can receive a CD with your brain-scan if you wish.

 

Who has reviewed the study?

 

The study has been reviewed by the University of Glasgow to ensure that it meets standards of scientific conduct. It has also been reviewed by the West of Scotland Research Ethics Committee has also reviewed the study to ensure that it meets standards of ethical conduct. 

 
 
 
 
If you live in Edinburgh use the following​ in order to contact
phone: 0131 537 6522
email: L.McNamee@ed.ac.uk
 
If you live in Glasgow use the following in order to contact Peter Uhlhaas.​
 
phone: 01413308730
email: Peter.Uhlhaas@glasgow.ac.uk

                            Get in touch using the following

                            Get in touch using the following

 
 
If you live in Edinburgh use the following​:
phone: 0131 537 6522
email: L.McNamee@ed.ac.uk
 
If you live in Glasgow use the following:​
 
phone: 01412327600
email: Jacqueline.McTaggart2@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

                          Useful Links

 

 

 

If you need help with any difficulties or medical issues related to mental health problems, you might consider the following:

For General Medical Advice:

 

NHS 24- Website: www.nhs24.com/ Telephone: 111

Further Information about mental health issues and psychosis can be found here:

- The Mental Health Foundation: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

-Scottish Association for Mental Health: https://www.samh.org.uk/

 

- Support In Mind Scotland: https://www.supportinmindscotland.org.uk/