MDMA Projects in Jordan and Israel – Summer 2009

Summer 2009 Vol. 19, No. 2 Research Edition

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MAPS is working with Jordanian psychiatrist Nasser Shuriquie, MD, to determine the best location for an MDMA/ PTSD study in Jordan. Although we had originally thought that the research would take place at a Jordanian military hospital, Nasser recently retired from the Jordanian Royal Medical Services and has become the medical director of Jordan’s only private psychiatric hospital. Nasser believes that our project may be more effectively conducted in the private hospital. Rick Doblin will be going to Israel and Jordan in August to meet with Nasser, see the psychiatrist hospital, and discuss the possibilities.

In Israel, a new psychiatrist has joined the therapist team. Tali Nachoni, MD, attended MAPS’ MDMA/PTSD therapist training seminar in June along with her co-therapist Sergio Marchevsky, MD. Three out of 12 subjects have completed the study.