Assessing the clinical & neural outcomes in depressed youth randomized to one of two intensities of aerobic exercise
This study is recruiting participants to examine the effects of aerobic exercise (“cardio”) on clinical symptoms, cognitive functioning (i.e. attention & memory) and brain activity in transitional aged youth (TAY: aged 16-24 years) with depression. Current treatment options for TAY are often limited by undesirable side effects and/or restricted accessibility, demonstrating a need for alternative treatment options. Aerobic exercise has been shown to be beneficial for some individuals. However, the optimal level of exercise needed to see clinical benefits remains unclear, particularly in youth and young adults. This study will assess the effects of moderate vs. high intensity aerobic exercise, performed 3 times a week for 12 weeks under supervised conditions, on symptoms of depression, cognitive functioning and brain function. Brain function will be assessed by way of brain electrical activity (called EEG) and brain imaging (using fMRI) to better understand the neural underpinnings related to outcomes.
16-24 years of age
Males and females
The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, affiliated with the University of Ottawa
1145 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON
Natalia Jaworska, PhD
*This study is currently recruiting participants