Swiss LSD Study in Final Stages

From February 17-19, 2011, in yet another stop on her whirlwind international tour, MAPS Clinical Research Associate Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D., met with Clinical Investigator Peter Gasser, M.D., in Switzerland to monitor the progress of our Swiss study of LSD-assisted psychotherapy for end-of-life anxiety. The study has completed recruitment, with 11 of 12 subjects having received LSD-assisted psychotherapy with either a full dose or a low dose of LSD. Preliminary data has been collected for an interim analysis. During her visit, Yazar-Klosinski also trained Christina Blank, a new study coordinator who will be conducting follow-up interviews with subjects in the Swiss LSD study. Blank previously worked with as a research associate with psychedelic researcher Franz Vollenweider, M.D. Subjects will be interviewed for at least 10 months after their final treatment session in order to gather qualitative and quantitative data about their anxiety symptoms and health. Results from the follow-up extension study will be compared with the quantitative data gathered during the treatment phase of the study.