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MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD: Canada

Principal Investigator: Ingrid Pacey, MD
Location: Vancouver, BC (Canada)

This study has full approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB), Health Canada, and the U.S. FDA. Data will also be submitted to the FDA under IND #63,384.

On July 11, 2014, the Institutional Review Board approved an amendment to the study. The amended protocol, which includes changes to the MDMA dose condition, was submitted to Health Canada on July 2, 2014 and to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for review on July 17, 2014. Subjects are now being screened for this study.

Psychiatrist Ingrid Pacey, M.D., a distinguished Holotropic Breathwork facilitator, is the Principal Investigator leading the study.

$419,000 estimated study cost • $48,000 raised + $3,500 raised by partners • $367,500 still needed

Please consider donating today to help this study.

Learn more about psychedelic research in Canada at mapscanada.org.

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Dr. Ingrid Pacey, MBBS, FRCP(C), Principal Investigator, Co-therapist

Dr. Ingrid Pacey comes from a Lithuanian family which migrated to Australia in 1949. She came to Canada in 1967 after completing medical school at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She received her psychiatric training at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, graduating in 1972. While in medical school, she witnessed LSD psychotherapy in a psychiatric setting as part of her training. Her private practice in Vancouver became focused on psychotherapy for trauma survivors, particularly women who had been sexually abused as children. From 1987 - 1990, she trained with Dr. Stanislav and Christina Grof in Holotropic Breathwork. Over the next 14 years, she went on to pioneer the use of Holotropic Breathwork with trauma survivors, observing the special needs of people with PTSD when working in Holotropic Breathwork groups. Through this work she came to see the value of working with non-ordinary states of consciousness for people suffering from PTSD. Dr. Pacey continues to practice psychiatry in Vancouver, and she has lectured in Canada and the US.

Video: Ingrid Pacey on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.

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