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Summary

Eligibility
for people ages 18–75
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
Location
at San Francisco, California
Dates
study started
Principal Investigator
Josh D Woolley

Description

Summary

The purpose of the investigators proposed study is twofold: 1) To investigate the role of the affiliative neuropeptide oxytocin in unhealthy interactions in families of patients with schizophrenia and families of patients with autism spectrum disorder, and 2) to investigate whether manipulation of this oxytocinergic system positively influences these family interactions.

Official Title

Effects of Oxytocin on Familial Interactions

Keywords

Schizophrenia Autism Spectrum Disorder oxytocin

Eligibility

You can join if…

Open to people ages 18–75

  • Inclusion criteria for caregiver of patients with schizophrenia, patients with autism spectrum disorder, and healthy controls:
  • Age between 18 and 75 years old
  • Must have at least 4 hours of contact with the patient per week and be considered a"significant caregiver" by the patient

Inclusion criteria for patients with schizophrenia:

  • Between the ages of 14 and 45.
  • Patients must have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder,schizoaffective disorder or psychosis- Not Otherwise Specified (NOS).
  • Patients must be clinically stable
  • No or minor changes to medications in the past week
  • Patients must have a primary caregiver
  • Inclusion criteria for healthy control child:
  • Between the ages of 14 and 45
  • Healthy control must have a primary caregiver
  • Inclusion criteria for patients with autism spectrum disorder
  • Between the ages of 14 and 45
  • Patient must have a primary caregiver
  • Patients must have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (autism or Asperger's disorder), pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) or pervasive developmental disorder - not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).

You CAN'T join if...

Exclusion criteria for all caregivers:

  • Female caregivers that state that they are pregnant or have a positive urine pregnancy test
  • Caregivers who have significant nasal pathology, atrophic rhinitis, recurrent nose bleeds, or history of cranial-surgical procedures (hypophysectomy)
  • Caregivers with significant psychiatric, neurologic, or medical illness
  • Exclusion criteria for healthy controls:
  • Healthy controls with history of psychiatric or neurological illness
  • Exclusion criteria for patients with an autism spectrum disorder:
  • Patients with an Intelligence Quotient (IQ) lower than 75
  • Exclusion criteria for patients with schizophrenia
  • Patients with severe brain trauma

Location

Details

Status
accepting new patients
Start Date
Sponsor
University of California, San Francisco
ID
NCT02302209
Phase
Phase 1
Lead Scientist
Josh D Woolley
Study Type
Interventional
Last Updated
September 12, 2016
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