Research Study

The Role of Fast or Slow Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as Adjunct Therapy in Civilian Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Principal Investigator 
Larry Ong


Body Locations and Systems 
Closed for Recruitment
Study Start/End 
Sep 1, 2015 to Jun 30, 2018
Vancouver General Hospital
TMS Clinic Coordinator
604-875-4111 ext.64096
Purpose of Study 

Repetitive transcranial magnetic (rTMS) is a safe, noninvasive treatment that involves placing a magnetic coil on a person’s head over an area of the brain called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC). rTMS has been available as a treatment for depression in Canada since 2002, and although it has also been approved by Health Canada for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), there are only a limited number of studies that have looked at this.

The purpose of this study is to assess the effects of rTMS in civilian patients with a confirmed diagnosis of PTSD. This research study will determine whether low-frequency (1 Hertz [Hz]) or high-frequency (10 Hz) rTMS over the right DLPFC has an effect on symptoms of PTSD compared to sham rTMS treatment.

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