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MAPS – Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

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Support Psychedelic Science to Help Change Lives

MAPS is a leader in psychedelic research. Since 1986, MAPS has been on a mission to create safe, legal, and beneficial opportunities for psychedelics in medicine and society.

We’re in the midst of a global renaissance of psychedelic research

“Psychedelics, when used wisely, have the potential to heal us, help inspire us, and perhaps even save us.”

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., MAPS Founder and Executive Director

Monthly MAPS donors sustain our work and support year-round psychedelic research, drug policy reform, public education, harm reduction, peer support, and general operations.

Through the completion of six Phase 2 trials and ongoing Phase 3 trials, MAPS and MAPS PBC have undertaken ground-breaking research demonstrating that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy — which recently received “breakthrough therapy” status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — may provide sufficient benefit to patients experiencing PTSD to support approval from the FDA.

This compassionate access trial, if approved, will be conducted at Numinus’ Vancouver clinic, providing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to an initial 20 individuals experiencing PTSD and collecting outcome and safety data for Health Canada. Numinus’ physicians, therapists and staff will be trained to deliver the treatment under MAPS’ clinically-tested PTSD treatment protocol prior to approval by Health Canada.

“I am delighted to announce this collaboration agreement which, leveraging MAPS’ evidence-based treatment protocol and Numinus’ clinical infrastructure, will open the door to MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in Canada,” said Dr. Devon Christie, Medical Director at Numinus and a MAPS-trained therapist for the delivery of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy.

“Training Numinus therapists in the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy protocol for PTSD will provide a meaningful expansion of access to the ongoing research program for this promising treatment,” said Amy Emerson, CEO of MAPS PBC. “Though this treatment is still investigational, if approval is granted through the regulatory pathway this collaboration will bolster our shared goal of addressing the enormous — and growing — need for improved proven treatments for people suffering from PTSD.”

Dr. Rick Doblin, Founder and Executive Director of MAPS, adds, “Our commitment to open science is rooted in our mission to develop the cadre of qualified practitioners who will provide this world-class therapy. We’re excited to work with Numinus to build the case for regulatory approval through this compassionate access trial and expand best practice clinical infrastructure.”

“We are thrilled to collaborate with MAPS and deliver the meaningful framework that they have spent decades building to better support those experiencing PTSD,” said Payton Nyquvest, CEO of Numinus. “At Numinus, our mandate is to explore and expand patient access to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies. We are proud to work alongside MAPS in furthering the regulatory landscape for psychedelic-assisted therapies, including MDMA, and setting the stage for the healthcare system of tomorrow.”

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