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Epigenetics in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies: Spiritual Healing in Modern Healthcare [ONLINE]
October 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Dr. Joe Tafur, MD
Episode Summary: For the last two years, Modern Spirit, a nonprofit dedicated to demonstrating the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare, has been collaborating with MAPS and the USC Department of Psychiatry. Participating study centers have been collecting saliva samples before and after the MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy intervention for PTSD. The initial set of samples are now being analyzed at TGEN in Phoenix, Arizona. These samples are being evaluated for epigenetics changes, looking for ways in which the therapeutic intervention, which has led to so many transformational experiences, may be influencing the way genes are expressed in study participants. PTSD has been associated with certain epigenetic modifications, lasting healing from PTSD may similarly involve change at the epigenetic level. Dr, Tafur will discuss this groundbreaking study (Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project), its formation and current progress, as we explore where the intersection between biology, emotion and spirituality. Learn more at modernspirit.org