Protocol Design Completed for New Australian Study of MDMA-Assisted Therapy for PTSD

On January 8, 2012, our clinical team finalized the basic design of the protocol for our planned Australian study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. The study, which will be led by Clinical Investigators Dr. Stuart Saker, MBBS, and Fiona MacKenzie, MPsych(Clinical), will compare the effectiveness of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for 12 subjects with chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD using two different dosages of MDMA: a full dose of 125mg (with a supplemental 62.5mg) and a low dose of 30mg (with a supplemental 15mg). Seven subjects will be allocated to the full dose condition, with the remaining five to the low dose condition. Subjects in this study will receive two experimental sessions instead of three, enabling us to compare the results with our upcoming Israeli study and helping us to determine whether two or three sessions is more efficient for use in our Phase 3 studies. The lead investigators both completed MAPS’ training course for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy researchers, which took place in Israel last January. The protocol will be submitted to an Independent Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) by February 8, and to the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) once it has been approved. MAPS has pledged $25,000 to this study, which the researchers already matched with their own $75,000. We are now offering an additional $25,000 if they can raise an additional $75,000 in matching funds.