Why Participate in Research?

This study is being done to look at the potential effects of using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to see if this can make any improvements in the symptoms of people with schizophrenia. TMS is a noninvasive of stimulating the brain using a magnetic field to cause a change in the activity in the brain. The magnetic field is produced by a coil that is held next to your scalp.

Half of our participants will receive the TMS treatment while the other half will receive a sham treatment. A sham treatment looks and feels like the real TMS, but is not real. Each participants has a 50% (1 in 2) of being placed in either group. The study takes approximately 3 weeks.

What Will Happen During the Study?

Participants enrolled in our study will complete two MRI scans at the beginning and end of the study with a week of TMS/Sham in between. Each TMS/Sham day will include two treatments, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. On the days of each MRI scans, participants will also be asked to complete some neuropsychological testing to assess memory, attention and thinking and a clinical interview with the study doctor. You will be paid up to $1300 for your time.

Who Can Participate?

  • Age 18-55 years old
  • Diagnosis of Schizophrenia
  • No hospitalizations or change in medications within the past 30 days
  • Deciding not to partake in this study will have no impact on your treatment or BIDMC or DMH services.

Contact Us

If you are interested in this study, please contact Adam Beermann at atabeerman@bidmc.harvard.edu or 617-754-1242.