Clinical Research

Transcranial Laser Therapy for Depression

Have you been feeling sad, blue, or down in the dumps?

Have you lost interest in the things you used to enjoy?

Are you looking for help?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study using Transcranial Laser Therapy (TLT) to treat depression that is being conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital. TLT involves a non-invasive and invisible beam of light that increases energy metabolism in the brain, and some of this increased brain activity may help people with depression. This treatment is not the same as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

You will complete 12 TLT sessions in this research study. All TLT sessions will take place at the Depression Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. We can validate your parking ticket if you park in a hospital garage. You will receive $25 for each TLT session.

You will also have the option of taking part in an additional neuroimaging portion of the research study. This will involve Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) to look at changes in your brain that may occur as a result of TLT. You will receive up to $300 for completing all of the scans.

If you are between 18 and 65 years old and would like more information, please contact Angela at 617-726-0517.