The Development of Iboga Alkaloids for the Treatment of Drug Addiction

Author: Roberdo
Date: Sep 28, 2010
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In collaboration with the Health Department of Catalonia and the Centre d’Investigació de Medicaments (CIM), Hospital de Sant Pau, we have assembled a select group of world’s leading experts from the U.S., Brazil, South Africa and Israel for this event to share their insights on the history, the administration process of Ibogaine, its medical and psychiatric safety, mechanisms of action, the treatment of cocaine dependence, Ibogaine's history, and more. (see the attached flyer)

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be offered throughout the entire event. An information package on Ibogaine will be included with your subscription fee of 40€.  Seating is limited, so be sure to secure your admission by using the registration form on By using your Paypal account or credit card, you will instantly guarantee your seat at this event!  When using a promotional code, your admission will be ensured following your complete registration.  Food and drinks will also be offered during the conference (not included with registration).  

If you are in the position to support this event, tax-deductible donations can be made to ICEERS at If you have any questions feel free to contact us anytime.

If you have colleagues or friends who might be interested in attending, feel free to forward this invitation.

The conference program

9:00h Reception and collection of documents
9:20h Introduction
Joan Colom - Director of the program on substance abuse, Health Department of the Government of Catalonia, MD
Ben De Loenen - Executive Director of ICEERS
9:40h Opening conference
Evidence of safety and effectiveness. Mechanisms of action of Ibogaine. Kenneth R. Alper, MD
10:45h Coffee Break
11:15h - 13:45h Table 1 - Pharmacology and safety of Iboga alkaloids
Moderator: Jordi Riba, Ph.D Pharmacology. Centre d'Investigació de Medicaments (CIM), Hospital de Sant Pau
Medical aspects. Jeffrey D. Kamlet, MD
Psychiatric aspects. Rakefet Rodrigez, MD
14:00h Lunchbreak (with screening of documentary 'Ibogaine - Rite of Passage')
15:15h - 17:45h Table 2 - Evidence of safety and effectiveness of the Iboga alkaloids in the treatment of addictions
Modera: José Carlos Bouso, Clinical Psychologist. Centre d'Investigació de Medicaments (CIM), Hospital de Sant Pau
Experiences of treatment with Ibogaine. Boaz Wachtel
Ibogaine in the treatment of drug dependence. Jeewa Anwar, BDS
The treatment of cocaine dependence. Bruno Chavez Rasmussen, MD
17:45h End

The International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service (ICEERS)

It all began in 2004 when LunArt Productions released the documentary 'Ibogaine - Rite of Passage', the first documentary made worldwide about the potential of this special Central-West African ethnobotanical tool for the treatment of drug dependency.

Six years after its initial release, we are pleased to see the film's presentations at film festivals, conferences, private venues, drug treatment centers, social events, public health departments, its international distribution on DVD, and widespread existence on the internet has made an impact. Our active involvement in Ibogaine advocacy has truly made a difference!
The documentary is the most widely used introductory tool for Ibogaine at addiction treatment centers, Ibogaine clinics as well as for friends and families of drug addicts and continues to serve that purpose every day.

In the course of our work, the need to reorganize our efforts in a non-profit, collaborative structure became our primary focus and in 2007 the seeds for a new vision were planted:
A great unification among today's state-of-the-art audio-visual media, the vast power and reach of the internet and its social networks along with the expertly-adapted use of ethnobotanical tools such as Iboga and Ayahuasca for today's modern society. In 2009, this vision flowered into the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service. Founded in the Netherlands with an international board of directors, ICEERS received the official government recognition as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization just one year later (ANBI- Dutch equivalent of 501(c)(3) or charity status).

The organization is dedicated to:

1. the promotion and dissemination of ethnobotanical knowledge, its applied, integrative practice in the interest of the intellectual, practical and spiritual advance of society.
Our aim is to marshal the forces of ancient indigenous ethnobotanical knowledge and modern therapeutic practice,
in the search for new directions in the evolution of contemporary society.

2. the continuance of the indigenous cultures, pioneers in the use of psychoactive plants from antiquity on, the support of their survival,
and swift cessation of the progressive destruction of their habitat, including the rainforests, worldwide.

As our first year has come to a close, the foundation for our internet platform is taking shape, a dynamic infrastructure designed as a collaborative infrastructure where activities and events will be coordinated along with educational tools and interactive media so that everyone can lend their thoughts input and active involvement to this great cause. We currently offer a temporary page at which will launch into a limited beta-version by the end of the month and grow towards a powerful research and educational service for the world community near the end of the year.

Current Projects:

- We have recently completed the initial shooting in Chile for a documentary focusing on the vast potential of Ayahuasca for psychotherapy and interpersonal growth. We are seeking funding to return to Chili in December when the ruling on this case is expected. Any and all contributions to support our work will help us complete this important first phase of the documentary. Please contact us at for more information about how you can donate to this cause or simply visit our website to make a contribution. In the following months, a trailer for this film will be available on our website along with news updates on this and other projects.

- ICEERS has generated interest in clinical investigation into Ibogaine in several European countries. Next month, we will be hosting a private dinner where we will bring together these pioneering researchers for the first time to establish a collaborative European Ibogaine Project! Our goal will be to harness the expertise, resources and facilities these research groups offer for one powerful, unified project. The guest list includes directors of government public health departments, drug treatment centers, centers for clinical and micro-biological research, foundations, psychiatrists, researchers, companies that develop pharmaceuticals for niche conditions, and Ibogaine experts.

- ICEERS has developed an Ibogaine training program which will be offered by experts across the globe on the medical, psychiatric and psycho-therapeutic dimensions regarding the treatment of drug dependence through Ibogaine. This three-day intensive training program will take place in Barcelona in October and it is directed toward physicians, psychiatrists and therapists. If you are interested in participating in this dynamic event, please visit Places are limited to 25 to guarantee ample space for group activities and interaction.

- As conference information generally reaches only a limited number of individuals, we initiated a Conference DVD series of events which we believe should be available to a much wider, international audience. The DVDs will soon be available through our website!

We have a number of other exciting projects currently in various phases of development which we will offer updates on in the coming months.

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