Bruna Giribaldi
Clinical trial manager

A New Summer of Love: long-term effects of psychedelic drugs on sexual functioning and satisfaction in healthy and depressed subjects.

Can psychedelics have an effect on sexual functioning (SF) and satisfaction? Anecdotal and qualitative evidence suggests this might be the case, however this has never been formally tested. While sexual functioning satisfaction is generally regarded as an important aspect of human wellbeing, sexual dysfunction is a common symptom of various mental health issues, including depression. The aim of our study was to investigate the effects of psychedelics on self-reported SF, including clinical and naturalistic settings of psychedelic use. This is the first study to quantitatively investigate the effects of psychedelics on SF and in this talk we will share the method and results.

Bruna Giribaldi has been working as a Clinical Trial Manager at the Centres for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London since March 2017. Before then, she was an intern with the Psychedelic and Addictions teams from October 2015, under the guidance of Professor David Nutt, Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes and Dr Louise Paterson. She has a 1st class hons. degree in Pharmacology from University College London. She was the main study manager for the PSILODEP 2 study, a phase II, double-blind, randomised controlled trial comparing psilocybin and escitalopram in 59 patients with moderate-severe major depressive disorder, recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.