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ICARUS: Cognitive Training & tDCS for Binge Eating Disorder

12 November 2018

Do you have symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder? Cognitive bias modification training (CBM) and a form of non-invasive brain stimulation (tDCS) have separately been shown to help alleviate symptoms of eating disorders, and are delivered as a combined treatment in this study. All participants across the intervention and control groups complete 3 assessments, and intervention group participants will attend 6 sessions of CBM+tDCS over 3 weeks.

Requirements

  • Inclusion Criteria
  • - Male and female community-dwelling adults
  • - Aged between 18 and 70
  • - Diagnosis of Binge Eating Disorder (will be assessed at screening)
  • - BMI greater than 25 kg/m² (overweight or obese)
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  • Exclusion Criteria
  • - Individuals with a significant/unstable medical or psychiatric disorders needing acute treatment in its own right (e.g., substance dependence, acute suicidality)
  • - Individuals taking antidepressant medication who have not been on a stable dose for at least 2 weeks
  • - Individuals with a history of epileptic seizures, stroke, or brain injury, who have any implanted metal devices in the head, frequent or severe headaches or dizziness
  • - Individuals who smoke >10 cigarettes per day
  • - Individuals who drink >3-4 units (men) or 2-3 units (women) of alcohol per day
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  • Additional excluding criteria may apply and inclusion will be determined by the study screening.

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Ethical approval

This study has been approved by the North West -Liverpool East Research Ethics Committee (REC reference 18/NW/0648) on 6th November 2018. The ICARUS trial registry number is ISRCTN35717198.

About the researcher

Gemma Gordon is a King's College London PhD student funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre.

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