The EMPOWER study

A pioneering research study evaluating the use of an investigational at-home treatment option for moderate to severe depression. Participate from the comfort of your own home over ten weeks and receive up to $300.

Join us and provide valuable insights for the future of depression treatment.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?

The EMPOWER study

A pioneering research study evaluating the use of an investigational at-home treatment option for moderate to severe depression. Participate from the comfort of your own home over ten weeks and receive up to $300. 

Join us and provide valuable insights for the future of depression treatment.

The state of depression today

280 Million people suffer from depression worldwide and only 25% receive treatment[1]. We want to change that with your help. 

Due to the lack of access, limited options, and medication side effects many people are left suffering. This study will evaluate the use of at-home transcranial direct current stimulation therapy, commonly known as tDCS. This technique has been used as an investigational treatment option for depression only available in-clinic. The EMPOWER study is now bringing this investigational technology to patients with the convenience of a simple and portable device for at-home use. 

Our mission is to make depression treatment more accessible, effective and safe for all. 

A woman sits on her couch while utilizing a Flow Neuroscience at-home treatment device.
A man sits on his couch at home while utilizing a Flow Neuroscience at-home treatment device.

Alternative to current depression treatments

tDCS is a non-invasive brain stimulation technique that works by activating neural networks through gentle currents. Depressive symptoms have been associated with lower activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC). The electrical current in tDCS stimulates brain activity in this region and has the potential to decrease depressive symptoms.

The EMPOWER study is looking at the use of tDCS at-home and its potential to make mental health treatment more accessible for everyone.

FAQs

What is my commitment for participating?

Across ten weeks, you will follow the stimulation treatment protocol and have regular video calls with study doctors to discuss your symptoms. This will require a commitment of five stimulation sessions per week for the first three weeks and then three stimulation sessions per week for the remaining seven weeks. All done from the comfort of your own home. Each session is thirty minutes where you wear the portable device. Throughout the treatment you will be asked to complete standardised questionnaires to measure your depression levels throughout. Your experiences will be used to help determine the value and efficacy of this alternative depression at-home treatment option and potentially help change the way depression is treated in the future.

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Are you eligible?

Eligible participants will be compensated with $300 for their involvement in the ten-week study. Please note, results from the study will be used for research purposes only.

Consider the following questions:

1.  Are you currently 18 years or older?

2.  Are you living in Texas?

3.  Are you clinically diagnosed with moderate to severe depression?


If you responded yes to all of these questions you may be eligible to participate in the study. Complete the study enrollment survey and if you are eligible, one of our study staff will contact you for a follow-up consent call.

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How does it work?

1.  Complete eligibility survey and if you qualify a member of the study staff will be contact for an introduction call

2. Electronically sign the informed consent documents, including a release of medical records

3.  Receive the portable tDCS device and introductory materials

4. Complete a ten week stimulation treatment which includes:

  • Regular video calls with study staff to discuss symptoms
  • For the first three weeks; five 30-minute stimulation sessions per week
  • Remaining seven weeks; three 30-minute stimulation sessions per week
  • Regularly complete standardized questionnaires to measure your depression levels throughout

5. Receive compensation via PayPal throughout study based on key participation milestones 

Study participation

Click below to see if you are eligible to participate in the EMPOWER study by completing a five minute pre-screen survey and help us change the future of depression treatment. If you qualify, our research team will schedule a follow-up call and ensure you have everything you need delivered directly to your home to participate in the ten-week study. 

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FAQs
What is my commitment for participating?

Across ten weeks, you will follow the stimulation treatment protocol and have regular video calls with study doctors to discuss your symptoms.
  • This will require a commitment of:
    - five stimulation sessions per week for the first three weeks
    - three stimulation sessions per week for the remaining seven weeks
  • Each session is thirty minutes where you wear the portable device. All done from the comfort of your own home. Throughout the treatment you will be asked to complete standardized questionnaires to measure your depression levels throughout

    Your experiences will be used to help determine the value and efficacy of this alternative depression at-home treatment option.
    What are the advantages of participating?

    You will receive $300 compensation and access to tDCS via a simple and portable device. You will also receive care from the study doctors throughout your treatment, supporting your depression management. Plus, you will make an important contribution towards having new non-pharmaceutical treatment options for depression.
    What happens to my data?

    Your experience and health information is private and confidential. For this reason, all information will be managed in a highly secure manner. Data will be pseudonymized. This information will not be linked to any personal information that can identify you.

    Change the face of mental health today!

    Mental health and depression are major challenges in today’s world. Help us find alternative solutions that are empowering and accessible. Join us in creating a new chapter for mental health.

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