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Clinical Research using deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Pain in spinal cord injury

The University of Miami is currently involved in an FDA-approved Clinical Trial investigating DBS for the treatment of neuropathic pain and autonomic dysreflexia in spinal cord injured patients.

Dr. Jonathan Jagid, M.D., is the neurosurgeon and principal investigator of the study. The team is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of basic and clinical researchers, which includes Corneliu Luca, M.D., Ph.D, assistant professor of clinical neurology, and Alberto Martinez-Arizala, M.D., associate professor of neurology, orthopedics, and rehabilitation, who directs the SCI Clinic at the Miami Veterans Administration Hospital.

To be considered for this study, you must be 22-60 years old, and able to read, have a spinal cord injury at segment T12 or above for at least 12 months and have chronic neuropathic pain from this injury that has not responded well to drugs.

Additional inclusion and exclusion criteria exist to be considered for the study. If you are interested in receiving more information, please contact the Study Coordinator:

Letitia Fisher
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

INTREPID DBS Clinical Trial

  • Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease for 5 years or longer?
  • Are you experiencing disabling Parkinson’s disease symptoms or drug side effects despite taking anti-Parkinson’s disease medication(s)?
  • Are you 22 to 75 years old?

If you answered “yes” to all these questions, you might be a candidate for a clinical research study, called INTREPID, sponsored by Boston Scientific.

Compensation for time and travel may be available. Participation is voluntary and you may withdraw from the study at any time, for any reason, without penalty.

What’s the purpose of the INTREPID study?
The study team is evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the Vercise™ Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) system as a therapy for reducing some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD) that are not adequately controlled with medication.

What is the Vercise™ system?
The Vercise™ system used to administer the DBS therapy sends electrical pulses to an area in your brain called the Subthalamic Nucleus (STN). It consists of an Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG), which is similar in size and shape to a pacemaker. The IPG produces electrical pulses that travel along small wires called leads. Once the leads are placed in the brain, they will be firmly secured and connected to lead extensions which, in turn, will be attached to the IPG. The IPG is typically placed under your skin just below your collar bone.

How long will the study last?
Your participation in this study is expected to last approximately 5.5 years, including screening, device implantation, post-surgical evaluation and follow-up.

What will happen during the study?
The study will include:

Surgery: You will undergo to 3 separate procedures to implant the Vercise™ system, depending on your surgeon’s preference.

Additional details of the study design and follow-up visits will be discussed with you by the study doctor if you are determined eligible for study participation and the DBS procedure.

Will I be responsible for any medical costs?
The pre-authorization from your insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid will be obtained prior to your participation in the study, and they may cover all or certain portions of the surgical costs. Your study coordinator will provide further guidance.

If you are interested please call UM DBS coordinator at 305-243-2781.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • Doctor's Healthcare Plan
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • Florida Community Care (FCC)
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care