fritz_bidmc (fritz_bidmc) wrote in stopbingeating,
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Research Study on Binge Eating Disorder in search of participants (Boston, MA)

 Dear members of the Stop Binge Eating Live Journal Community,

I am writing to inform you of an ongoing Binge Eating Disorder (BED) research study which is underway at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (http://bidmc.org/) located in Boston, Massachusetts (google map). Currently we are in the process of recruiting volunteers; if you or someone you know fits the criteria of eligibility and would be interested in participating in the study please contact us at the number below. Compensation is provided for your time as well as some travel expenses.  Total compensation for participation in the study would be $1,000. 
 
In this study we are testing whether a noninvasive brain stimulation technique that recently received FDA approval for treatment of depression called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can improve core symptoms of BED (binge frequency and distress) and lead to beneficial neural and cognitive changes. If you are interested in the applications and history of TMS you can learn more at our lab's website: http://tmslab.org

Over the study, participants receive 10 sessions of TMS, two buffet meal tests, cognitive tasks, and MRI. All the study consists of outpatient visits. Participants receive monetary compensation for participation and parking expenses. The study is fully approved by the IRB of our institution and funded by a generous grant from a private non-profit foundation.

  The study is limited to people between 18-50 years old.

  Exclusion criteria are:

  -Smoking or other history of substance abuse within the last 6 months.
  -Prior neurosurgical procedure, or brain damage/disease.
  -Personal or family history of seizures, epilepsy or other unexplained loss of consciousness.
  -Current diagnosis of a psychiatric or neurological disorder (some medications OK)
  -Claustrophobia.
  -Any metal in the body non-MRI compatible.
 
If you feel interested in participating in the study and would like to know more please send an e-mail expressing interest to Miguel Alonso, at malonso@bidmc.harvard.edu or myself: Fritz Ifert-Miller at fifert@bidmc.harvard.edu
Alternatively, if you prefer you can reach us by phone at:  (617)-667-0256
 
Thank you very much for your time and have a wonderful day! 
 
 
Sincerely,
Fritz Ifert-Miller
Berenson Allen Center for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation
 
(617) 667- 0256
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