Long-term Follow-up of U.S. MDMA/PTSD Pilot Study is Complete

On July 27, 2010, MAPS Deputy Director Valerie Mojeiko and Clinical Research Associate Berra Yaza-Klosinski, Ph.D. completed data collection for the long-term follow-up to our flagship U.S. MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD study led by Principal Investigator Michael Mithoefer, M.D. and Co-Investigator Ann Mithoefer, B.S.N. in Charleston, SC. Independent rater Mark Wagner, Ph.D., from the College of Medicine, Department of Neurology, collected Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) measurements from 17 of the 20 subjects who received treatment. All 20 subjects filled out a questionnaire developed internally to assess long-term effects. The average length of time between the final experimental treatment session and the follow-up data collection was three and a half years. Preliminary analysis of the results suggests the benefits of the treatment were maintained. MAPS’ clinical research volunteers are inputting data into a validated database at the MAPS office in Santa Cruz, CA. After the data is analyzed, Dr. Mithoefer, et al, will write a new paper for submission to a scientific journal around the end of 2010.