Note: This is just the beginning! If we surpass our $25K goal,
the additional funds will be rolled forward, to be used for further proposal development and
other activities related to securing full funding for the project
itself. For example, preparing briefs for government funding bodies and
travel costs for meeting with key government or philanthropic
representatives to present the project. We will also use the funds for
further development and pilot testing of the various tools and methods
(e.g. translation). We will be working on securing various funding sources as we move ahead, and due to the success and support of crowdfunding, we will likely use this forum again in the future, to help fund the stages of this project. Thank you for your amazing support!
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Your contributions to this crowdfunding campaign will set in motion much needed research to evaluate the efficacy of Ayahuasca, a plant medicine found in the Amazon. You will be part of an extended and growing web of people around the world who care about the importance of research, plant medicine, and innovation - and you will be rewarded by incentives that support this project and support indigenous artists.
Because of the nature of this research and the early stage of the project, it is difficult to obtain funding through conventional venues.
What is the research? Why is this research important? Who are we?
We are initiating a research project of a topic and magnitude that has never been done before. The Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project (ATOP), will take place over several years, beginning this autumn, and will compare, contrast, and determine the efficacy of Ayahuasca, a millennia old plant medicine indigenous to the Amazon jungle.
We thank you for your contributions - however large or small they may be! With them we will be able to initiate a project that will work with up to eight (or more) centres in Latin America that use Ayahuasca in conjunction with other complementary healing modalities (i.e. psychotherapy, etc.).
As an international team of experts with extensive clinical and research backgrounds and personal experience with ayahuasca, we will draw upon our collective experience to develop a cutting edge research protocol that involves thorough follow-up and a longitudinal assessment of treatment efficacy.
This multi-sited, multidisciplinary project includes contributors from Canada, Peru, Brasil, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, Australia and Europe. We are clinical psychiatrists and neuroscientists, medical doctors and anthropologists, epidemiologists and curanderos.
The team is being led by Dr. Brian Rush, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada and Scientist Emeritus at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada. Other team members include Dr. Dartiu Xavier da Silveira and Renato Filev at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brasil; Anja Loizaga-Velder, Director of Psychotherapy and Research, Nierika A. C., Chalmita, Mexico; Dr. Jacques Mabit and Dr. Fernando Mendive from Takiwasi Centre for Addictions Treatment and Research on Traditional Medicines, Tarapoto,Peru; Dr. Marcelo Mercante, visiting scholar at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brasil and Dr. Luís Fernando Tófoli, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brasil. Members of healing centres across Latin America, as well as researchers and curanderos from Europe, US, Costa Rica, and Australia are also invited to be part of the beginning stages of this research.Curandero and radio producer Simon Green (AUS) interviews lead researcher Dr. Brian Rush, about ATOP. https://soundcloud.com/quantumlifestudios/brian-rush-atop-podcast
Crowdfund Research?! Why Crowdfunding?
With your help, this project will be initiated in order to work towards a better understanding of treatments for addictions and mental health.
Because of the nature of this research and the early stage of the project, it is difficult to obtain funding through conventional venues. Traditional funding organizations are hesitant to support plant medicine research given its controversial nature as being largely misunderstood. While this is the reason it is difficult to fund, this is also the fundamental reason why this research needs to be done. This is why we are turning to the crowdfunding community- people like you who believe in the potential of this work. If you cannot donate, even just assisting in spreading the word to your networks is an enormous contribution. We believe that there are thousands of people who are interested in alternative treatment approaches to mental health conditions and addiction, as well as many researchers who are interested in studying psychotropic plants. We are counting on you to help move this research forward.
We have meaningful and beautiful plant medicine inspired rewards to connect contributors to the project. Please join our project through your contribution!
Who might wish to donate?
Simply put, any person that cares about innovation and forging new territory for the benefit of humanity. Perhaps you are a researcher, an entheogenic aficionado, someone who is interested in or has benefited from Ayahuasca, or you or someone you know, has been affected by addictions and/or mental health issues. Or, perhaps you just believe in us because you are our colleagues, friends and family, and/or love the rewards we've come up!
Beadwork: This jewelry comes from the Cametsa indigenous community from the Sibundoy Valley of the Alto Putumayo, Colombia. The designs are the yage (ayahuasca) visions of master artist Maria Carmen Chincunque Jamioy put into beadwork. She is the head of a women's cooperative that implements the designs into unique pieces of yage inspired jewelry. Together with her husband, Taita Juan Agreda Chindoy, they have won many awards for their traditional art. They have set and are receiving a fair price for their work. We are so happy to work with them. Please note that all pieces are unique. Each piece is made individually and thus slightly different in presentation and color scheme.
Small, hand painted masks
Shipibo Tapesty - 1.5 m
[img src="https://d2oadd98wnjs7n.cloudfront.net/file_atta..." unselectable="on" >Juan Carlos Taminchi- Guardianes de la Sabiduria
Peruvian Amazonian Pipes
Colombia Plant Medicine Retreat with Taita Juan
Integral to this crowdfunding campaign has been a team effort - specific thanks to Simon Green, Quantum Life Studios, for much work editing, co-producing, titling and working with subtitling and translation of the video, as well as additional advisement and work on this project.
Also, Celina DeLeon for campaign work, including editing and crowdfunding contribution coordination, donations of reward perks, and advisement.
Additional big thanks to:
The Jungle Prescription Team - Robin McKenna, Mark Ellam, and Jeronimo M.M. for support and permission to use footage from their documentary, The Jungle Prescription.
Dr. Gabor Mate, for his endorsement of this project.
Ian MacKenzie for his assistance in filming Dr. Mate
Chriz Miller for his assistance in production and post.
And everyone else who has supporting this project in some way!
Thank You!! From Brian, Celina, Simon and Dani