Clinical Trial Podcast: Psychedelic Clinical Trials with Rebecca Matthews

Summary: In MAPS’ completed Phase 2 trials with 107 participants, 61% no longer qualified for PTSD after three sessions of MDMA-assisted therapy two months following treatment. At the 12-month follow-up, 68% no longer had PTSD. All participants had chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD, and had suffered from PTSD for an average of 17.8 years.

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My guest for this interview is Rebecca Matthews, Chief Clinical Operations Officer at Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Public Benefit Corporation.

In this interview, Rebecca shares with us what it takes to conduct clinical trials investigating the use of MDMA, a psychedelic drug, in conjunction with psychotherapy to treat patients with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD can occur after a person experiences a significant trauma, like a sexual assault, severe physical assault, significant threat to life arising from a hate crime, natural disaster, war, or accident. It affects people of all races, ages, and backgrounds.

As you’ll hear from Rebecca shortly, the clinical data from the recent clinical trial looks extremely promising.

This interview will leave you with excellent insights on differences and challenges of conducting research with psychedelic drugs including site selection, patient recruitment, clinical trial design considerations and more.

I am beyond excited to discuss this important topic of psychedelic research on the podcast.

Please join me in welcoming Rebecca Matthews on the Clinical Trial Podcast. Enjoy!