Research Study

Canadian rTMS Treatment and Biomarker Network in Depression Trial
Principal Investigator 
Fidel Vila-Rodriguez


Body Locations and Systems 
Disorders and Conditions 
Closed for Recruitment
Study Start/End 
May 9, 2016 to Jan 31, 2020
UBC Hospital
Jennifer Brown, Study Coordinator
Email Address
Purpose of Study 

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is an emerging treatment for medically refractory major depressive disorder (MDD). rTMS involves direct stimulation of cortical neurons using externally applied, powerful, focused magnetic field pulses. Dozens of studies and several meta-analyses over the last 15 years have shown that rTMS of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) produces statistically significant improvements in MDD, even when medications have failed. However, other possible targets may also yield improvement in symptoms.

In an attempt to enhance the therapeutic efficacy of current interventions for TRD, attention has turned to identifying domain-specific biomarkers in hopes of ultimately individualizing and predicting treatment response. Unfortunately, the precise nature of this relationship is less than clear, as reflected by the fact that even now there are no established biomarkers that are used routinely in clinical practice to aid in diagnosis. This study also seeks to examine a comprehensive suite of biomarker measurements (MRI, neurophysiology, and genomics/proteomics) before and after rTMS treatment.

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