15. January 2018 - 18:30 till 21:30
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LDN Talks: Is MDMA The Future of Therapy? | O'Neill's Wardour Street Soho | Monday, 15. January 2018

Venue: O'neills, Soho
Doors: 6.30pm / Talk starts: 7.00pm.

As a child psychiatrist, Ben takes a developmental perspective to adult mental disorder and addictions. High rates of treatment resistance for PTSD and the challenge of tackling unremitting addictions with high rates of relapse leaves me feeling clinically impotent as a doctor. My work with abused children, seeing them grow into damaged and addicted adults, has brought him to the door of MDMA Therapy as psychiatry's best opportunity for a therapeutic breakthrough.

Ben will illustrate his talk with two on-going MDMA studies that he is leading in the UK. One is a study based in Bristol, an open-label feasibility study using a course of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat alcohol use disorder. The other is a controlled randomised double-blind crossover study, based in Cardiff, using fMRI neuroimaging to explore the mechanism of how MDMA works to reduce the fear response and boost empathy in patients with PTSD.

Dr Ben Sessa (MBBS BSc MRCPsych) is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist working in adult addiction services and with custodial detained young people in a secure adolescent setting. He trained at UCL medical school, graduating in 1997. He is interested in the developmental trajectory from child maltreatment to adult mental health disorders. Dr Sessa is currently a senior research fellow at Bristol, Cardiff and Imperial College London Universities, where he is conducting the UK's first clinical studies with MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD and alcohol dependence syndrome.


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