Funded Projects

Project # Project Title Research Focus Area Research Program Administering IC(s) Institution(s) Investigator(s) Location(s) Year Awarded
Non-invasive Neuromodulation Device for Decreasing Withdrawal Symptoms and Craving during Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Cross-Cutting Research Small Business Programs NIDA THERANOVA, LLC JAASMA, MICHAEL San Francisco, CA 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: America’s Startups and Small Businesses Build Technologies to Stop the Opioid Crisis (R43/R44 - Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-DA-19-019

Opioid use disorder (OUD) can be lethal, with opioid overdose causing more than 115 deaths in the U.S. each day. Although medications are effective at reducing illicit opioid use and overdose deaths, it is well-established that withdrawal and craving are highest in the initial weeks, making this a high-risk period for treatment dropout, relapse, and overdose. Adjunct therapies that can reduce early opioid withdrawal and craving may improve retention in treatment with buprenorphine-naloxone, and recent research has shown that stimulation of a peripheral nerve significantly modulates withdrawal- and craving-related responses for opioids and other drugs. This project will test the effectiveness of the EMPOWER Neuromodulation System, a portable, non-invasive transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device developed by TheraNova for the treatment of OUD.