Active rTMS 10 Hz DLPFC for Tobacco Use

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Targeting 2 different conditionsActive rTMS 10 Hz DLPFC +2 morePhase 1 & 2RecruitingResearch Sponsored by Medical University of South Carolina

Study Summary

This trial will use transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to help people quit smoking cigarettes. TMS is a non-invasive form of brain stimulation that has already been shown to be effective in treating depression and other conditions. This study will use brain MRI to guide TMS therapy.

Eligible Conditions
  • Tobacco Use
  • Smoking/Cigarette Smoking

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You will be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
You are addicted to tobacco as defined by the DSM-5.
You are in good physical and mental condition without any major health issues.
You must be willing to quit smoking based on your responses to a motivation questionnaire.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~4-week follow-up
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and 4-week follow-up for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Changes of brain connectivity
Mean number of cigarettes smoked per day
Secondary outcome measures
The percentage of participants who have quit by their target quit date

Trial Design

3Treatment groups
Active Control
Placebo Group
Group I: Active rTMS 10 Hz DLPFCActive Control1 Intervention
A stimulation frequency of 10 Hz, pulse train duration (on time) of 5 seconds, inter-train interval (off time) of 10 seconds (15 second cycle time), E-field-modeling to determine TMS intensity and coil orientation, total of 60 trains, session time of 15 minutes, and 3000-total pulses per day, will be delivered over the left DLPFC.
Group II: Active rTMS 1 Hz mOFCActive Control1 Intervention
A stimulation frequency of 1Hz, E-field-modeling to determine TMS intensity and coil orientation, session time of 15 minutes, and 900-total pulses per day, will be the same for all subjects (both active and sham). TMS will be delivered over the left mOFC.
Group III: Sham rTMSPlacebo Group1 Intervention
Participants will be fitted with two electrodes on the scalp just below the hairline. Electrodes will be connected to an Epix VT® Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Device with adjustable output amplitude and powered by a 9-V battery. We will use electrode stimulation with 10 Hz over DLPFC, total 3000 pulses or 1 Hz over mOFC total 900 pulses. The sham-TMS scalp discomfort was matched to that of active TMS. During real TMS there was no current flowing through the scalp electrodes.

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Participation is compensated

You will be compensated for participating in this trial.

Who is running the clinical trial?

Medical University of South CarolinaLead Sponsor
900 Previous Clinical Trials
5,364,937 Total Patients Enrolled
9 Trials studying Tobacco Use
42,391 Patients Enrolled for Tobacco Use
National Institutes of Health (NIH)NIH
2,611 Previous Clinical Trials
6,663,293 Total Patients Enrolled
7 Trials studying Tobacco Use
8,372 Patients Enrolled for Tobacco Use

Media Library

Active rTMS 10 Hz DLPFC (Neurostimulation) Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT04903028 — Phase 1 & 2
Tobacco Use Research Study Groups: Sham rTMS, Active rTMS 10 Hz DLPFC, Active rTMS 1 Hz mOFC
Tobacco Use Clinical Trial 2023: Active rTMS 10 Hz DLPFC Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT04903028 — Phase 1 & 2
Active rTMS 10 Hz DLPFC (Neurostimulation) 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT04903028 — Phase 1 & 2

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

Does this research project allow for elderly participation?

"This study is looking for test subjects who fall in the age range of 18 to 60 years old."

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Are there any restrictions for people who want to join this clinical trial?

"45 participants will be accepted into this trial that focuses on helping smokers quit cigarettes. To qualify, patients must have smoked within the last month and be aged 18-60."

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Are people currently being recruited for this trial?

"The trial is recruiting patients, as indicated by the website. This study was first made available on May 15th, 2021 and has been updated as recently as April 20th, 2022."

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How many people are joining this clinical trial?

"That is correct, the clinical trial detailed on is currently open and recruiting patients. This specific study was posted on May 15th, 2021 and updated April 20th, 2022. 45 individuals are needed from 1 location."

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