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MAPS Bulletin Summer 2014: Research Edition
Research > MDMA
May 4, 2012

U.S. Intern Study: FDA Gives Official Go-Ahead for New Boulder Study

On May 4, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration notified the MAPS clinical team that our new “intern study” of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for subjects with PTSD had been cleared for initiation. The study will take place in Boulder, Colorado with Marcela Ot’alora as Principal Investigator. The FDA cleared the study as it was designed, with no changes required prior to initiation. The new study will explore the effectiveness of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy when one member of the male/female co-therapist team is an experienced therapist and the other is an intern working under supervision for credit towards licensure. The use of interns is an effort both to reduce costs and to train the next generation of psychedelic psychotherapists. The study will be initiated once the study physician has received his Schedule I license from the DEA, which we anticipate will take place within the next month.

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