The results of pre-clinical in-vivo research studies suggested that Clearmind's drug candidate MEAI may be effective in the treatment of substance addiction without interrupting the natural reward process
Tel Aviv, Israel / Vancouver, Canada, Jan. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clearmind Medicine Inc. (Nasdaq, CSE: CMND), (FSE: CWY) (“Clearmind” or the "Company"), a biotech company focused on discovery and development of novel psychedelic-derived therapeutics to solve major under-treated health problems, today announced additional positive pre-clinical results in its ongoing series of research studies conducted to illuminate the tremendous potential of MEAI and its effect on substance-use-disorder (SUD). The latest in-vivo studies examined the effect of MEAI on the natural reward process as it pertains to cocaine addiction.
The pre-clinical studies were led by Professor Gal Yadid from the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar Ilan University in Israel. As previously announced (see press release August 24, 2022), Clearmind's proprietary MEAI at a dose of 5mg/kg, demonstrated unique ability to decrease cocaine craving and potentially become the first dedicated cocaine addiction treatment.
The latest research studies were designed to evaluate the effects of MEAI on natural reward, as reward-based positive reinforcement is a shared evolutionary survival strategy across species. However, in drug addiction, reward seeking becomes maladaptive and endangers survival. The purpose of this in-vivo study, was to conclude whether MEAI uses the same mechanisms that underlie the seeking of both drug and natural rewards (such as sucrose). The results demonstrated that natural reward was maintained in the MEAI-treated rats, thus showing that the effect of MEAI on drug-seeking is not related to the general reward system.
“We are thrilled to continuously exhibit positive results of our proprietary drug candidate MEAI. The results of these latest in-vivo studies reinforce previous findings and demonstrate that MEAI may be an effective treatment addiction without negatively affecting natural reward," said Dr. Adi Zuloff-Shani, Clearmind's Chief Executive Officer. “Cocaine is extremely addictive and there is currently no dedicated treatment. I believe Clearmind is leading the way in this field."
Professor Gal Yadid stated “Very interesting results were revealed in this set of in-vivo studies. The empirical data show that MEAI is a potential treatment for cocaine addiction, in particular, and SUD, in general. This observation is based on our experience and previous data from testing various treatments for SUD. Further studies are needed to better characterize the responding population.”
About Clearmind Medicine Inc.
Clearmind is a psychedelic pharmaceutical biotech company focused on the discovery and development of novel psychedelic-derived therapeutics to solve widespread and underserved health problems, including alcohol use disorder. Its primary objective is to research and develop psychedelic-based compounds and attempt to commercialize them as regulated medicines, foods or supplements.
The company’s intellectual portfolio currently consists of seven patent families. The company intends to seek additional patents for its compounds whenever warranted and will remain opportunistic regarding the acquisition of additional intellectual property to build its portfolio.
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