Have you recently started experiencing psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations, paranoia, or confusing thoughts and disorganization? You may be eligible to participate in a research study recruiting individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizophreniform, or schizoaffective disorder within the last 3 years. Compensation provided.
The purpose of this study is to determine whether a form of non-invasive magnetic brain stimulation called iTBS can temporarily enhance brain waves and short-term memory in people with a psychotic disorder.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- 18-40 years old
- diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizophreniform, or schizoaffective disorder within the last 3 years
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
- Clinical and diagnostic interviews
- MRI scans
- Neuropsychological testing
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
- EEG recordings
- Intermittent Theta-Burst Stimulation (iTBS)
IRB: STUDY20050194- Enhancing prefrontal oscillatory activity and working memory performance with noninvasive brain stimulation in early-course schizophrenia
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Fabio Ferrarelli, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Dr. Ferrarelli’s research interests include neuronal circuits contributing to altered sleep architecture in schizophrenia. He is now extending those lines of research to high risk children and adults.