Participant Recruitment - Aggression Management Study

Participant Recruitment - Aggression Management Study

13th March, 2017

The University of Cambridge are currently looking for participants to take part in a study to see if transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) can reduce aggressive behaviour.

They are specifically looking to recruit people with an acquired brain injury, learning disability or autism and have asked if Headway Cambridgeshire know of any potential participants. They have defined aggressive behaviour as finding it hard to control feelings at least once a week: shouting, throwing things, kicking things, threatening others, other people finding their words and behaviour ‘aggressive’ etc

The study is a 4 month commitment and would involve:

  • wearing a vagus nerve stimulator ( which would be a small earpiece) and a heart rate monitor for a certain amount of time each day
  • Keeping a diary about feelings and behaviour
  • Cognitive tests and questionnaires (as assessments)
  • A carer or family member may also be asked to keep a diary, answer questionnaires on how they feel the participant is managing and provide more medical information
Participants should:
  • Be over 18
  • Not have a current diagnosis of epilepsy
  • Not be dependent on alcohol
  • Not regularly use recreational drugs
  • Not be pregnant or planning to get pregnant

Here are some useful sheets to give a little more information


Participant Information Sheet

Care-Giver or Family Member Information Sheet

Consent to Contact Sheet

If you would like to take part, please fill in the consent to contact sheet which we can then forward to the research assistant (this is just to discuss the study further and isn’t a commitment to taking part).

I struggled with a lot of issues, especially how I felt my father’s personality had changed and Headway Cambridgeshire helped me a lot at that time in my life. They made me feel much less alone and I’ll always be grateful for that.