The 2005 NYC Ibogaine Conference @ COSM
February 20 & 21, 2005
Sponsored by: Cures not Wars
February 20 & 21
Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
540 West 27th St.
Registration: $20 per day
New York City, NY, 10001
Planet Earth, Milky Way
Schedule: Sunday, February 20: Noon to 7PM
Introductory remarks: Rommel Washington, Benu Project.
Ibogaine and the Search for Lost Sacraments
Moderated by: Alex Grey
Dana Beal, author, The Ibogaine Story
Carl Ruck, PhD, author, The Apples of Apollo
Bwiti Nganga Awolowo Johnson, sociologist
Rev. Ron Sala, Unitarian
Rob Gordon, Cures Not Wars
Howard Lotsof, Patrick Kroupa, Dimitri Mugianis
Adam Nodelman, Chris Laurance and Andrea Aplementos
Ibogaine: Rite of Passage
Ben De Loenen
Monday, February 21: 10AM to 7PM
The Monday session will be attended by representatives of various city and state agencies.
Introductory Remarks: H.S. Lotsof
New Findings: Dopamine, Craving, and the Ibogaine Effect
Carl Anderson, PhD
Ibogaine: Phase I Clinical Trials Restarted in 2005
Medical Ibogaine Therapy
Jeffrey Kamlet, MD
Scientific Panel: Assessing the New Possibilities of Ibogaine
Kenneth R. Alper, MD, Emmanuel Onaivi, PhD, Jon Freelander
Ibogaine Anti-Viral Effects
Vic Hernandez, PhD, Chris Laurance, Jason Farell, Richie D.
Final Wrap-up Panel
Kenneth Alper, MD and principal panelists
Ibogaine, derived from the African root Tabernanthe iboga, has a novel mechanism of action that is different from other pharmacotherapeutic approaches to addiction. Relevant issues to be addressed by this forum include the distinctive social and ethnographic aspects of the informal ibogaine treatment context, its cost-effectiveness as a treatment option, and the policy implications of ibogaine’s status as a Schedule 1 substance.
Ibogaine is currently without formal approval as a treatment option in the U.S. However, a distinctive unofficial treatment network, created by international self-help movements in response to the demand of the addicts, has provided ibogaine treatment in non-medical settings such as an apartment or country house.
Participants in this forum will represent the basic and clinical neurosciences, the disciplines of ethnography and sociology, and the FDA, NIDA and the pharmaceutical industry. The promotion of discussion and exchange of information and views among the participants receives significant emphasis in the forum program and agenda.
Topics to be covered include ibogaine’s mechanism of action, safety and efficacy, interaction with memory and neurophysiology, and ethnographic and policy perspectives. The proposed presenters have accumulated significant new data on neurobiological, clinical, and sociocultural aspects of ibogaine.
The conference will feature a Special screening of
Ibogaine: Rite of Passage
A documentary film, by Ben De Loenen.
Participating Advocacy Groups
Cures not Wars
(You are [HERE])
Sacrament of Transition
Dora Weiner Foundation
Association for Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment
Harm Reduction Coalition
Facts only get In The Way of Things
Original COSM Brochure in PDF format: