IRB Number: PR00084111

Date Approved: 9/20/23

TMS Depression
Research Study

Researchers at The Medical University of South Carolina are partnering with individuals who are diagnosed with depression or are experiencing symptoms of depression to examine how a treatment may improve their symptoms. Join our compensated study today!

Fast Facts

18-60 Years Old

Diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms of depression

5 daily treatments

Compensation up to $400 Provided

Charleston, SC

Study Background

Researchers at MUSC are conducting a research study to examine how Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) treatment can help individuals diagnosed with depression. 

Findings from this study will provide information on how rTMS, a treatment that temporarily increases brain activity under a magnetic field, can reduce symptoms of depression.

Participants will complete an initial interview and MRI scan before the five rTMS treatment visits. Each treatment day consists of receiving rTMS in 10 three-minute sessions, each separated by approximately 10 minutes. After the final treatment session, there is an in-person appointment to repeat the initial assessment. One month after completing treatment, there will be another in-person meeting to repeat the initial assessments. The total study duration is about one and a half months.

Further research today and join our compensated study!

Additional Information

The purpose of this clinical research study is to examine how rTMS treatments may reduce symptoms of depression.

You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria:

Key Criteria:

  • Between 18-60 years old
  • Diagnosed with depression or experiencing symptoms of depression
  • No non-removable metal on or in the body that would interfere with an MRI
  • Able to commit to daily treatments for 5 days in a row
  • No history of traumatic brain injury, dementia, or a history of seizures
  • No diagnosis of schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder, bipolar I disorder, or substance abuse
  • Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding

Once enrolled, this study involves:

  • Completing an interview and computerized forms to assess physical and mental health (3-4 hours) and an MRI scan (1-2 hours)
  • Receiving five days of rTMS treatment (each consists of 10 three-minute sessions)
  • Repeating the initial assessment after the final treatment session
  • Completing brief forms about difficulties related to depression, anxiety, and the treatment via phone call
  • Repeating the initial assessment in-person one month after completing the treatment

Compensation is provided up to $400 for your time.

There is no cost for you to participate.