Research Study – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Depression

Name of Study:

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Depression


Purpose of this study:                      

rTMS is a treatment that involves stimulating certain areas of the brain with magnetic field pulses. Over time, the magnetic field pulses can gradually change the activity level of the stimulated brain region and help symptoms of depression.  This study will compare two different types of stimulation to determine which is the best stimulation protocol to treat depression.


Who can participate?

You are 18 to 59 years of age.

  • You are experiencing a major depressive episode in Major Depressive Disorder.
  • You failed to achieve a successful response to an antidepressant
  • You are willing to undergo rTMS treatments and brain scans.


What is involved?

In this study, we will be collecting detailed information about your psychiatric history, depression symptoms, and a range of personality, cognitive, and lifestyle factors, as well as brain scans, while you receive rTMS treatment for depression over a 4-6 week period.


When does this study take place?

Study starts recruitment immediately and goes until April 1, 2016.


Where does this study take place/location?

Research visits are held at the Mood Disorders Centre at the UBC Hospital.


Principal Investigator:

Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, MD, FRCPC
Clinical Assistant Professor; Director Schizophrenia Program
Dpt. of Psychiatry; Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Research Investigator with VCH Research Institute


Contact Information:    Christine Dobek, Study Coordinator, 604-827-1361,

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