MAPS Is 36 Years Old – Doblin Provides Precis Timeline of the Organization

MAPS Is 36 Years Old – Doblin Provides Precis Timeline of the Organization
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On April 8, 1986—36 years ago today—the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) was founded by Rick Doblin, Ph.D., as a non-profit organization to fulfill the need to broaden psychedelic research, therapy, and develop legal options for psychedelic medicine. At 36, MAPS is now older than I was when I started MAPS at age 32. Personally, it’s been a blessing to see so much progress and so much healing in my own lifetime. In MAPS’ 36th year, we’ll learn if our second Phase 3 study of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD was successful. If so, FDA approval will likely take place in MAPS’ 37th year, and MAPS will also likely outlive me, which is a legacy to be proud of.” —Rick Doblin, Ph.D., MAPS Founder and Executive Director Now, we are closer than ever to legalizing MDMA-assisted therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), though there is still a long road ahead. This year, we are completing the second Phase 3 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD, the final stage prior to requesting FDA approval for a new prescription treatment to help heal trauma. For over three decades, we’ve been working to achieve mass mental health throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. To celebrate this, we invite you to take a trip down memory lane and review highlights from every year of our history. 1986 Rick Doblin founded MAPS as an official 501(c)(3) non-profit research organization on April 8, 1986. Later that year, Doblin sued the DEA for the first time. 1987 Following MAPS’ first year as a non-profit organization, support for MDMA research increased and MAPS collaborated on a study protocol with researchers at Johns Hopkins University. 1988 MAPS Founder Rick Doblin, Ph.D., published the first edition of the MAPS Bulletin, titled “MDMA Can Become a Legal Medicine,” and the FDA rejected…

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