Featured Conference Symposia and Contributors

Note: each symposium concludes with a 30 minute Q&A with the panel.

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Psychedelics and HealthPsychedelics and HealthFriday Morning

Few issues in our lives and in our culture are valued, both psychologically and financially, more than our health. Recently, new grant-funded research has revealed the healing properties of several psychedelic substances, reviving the validity of research done decades ago. With the help of researchers and clinicians, this symposium will explore current trends in psychedelic healing, and also how discoveries old and new might change the way that we think about health and healing.


DAVID JAY BROWN, M.S.

STEPHEN BEYER, Ph.D.

NEAL M. GOLDSMITH, Ph.D.

KATHERINE MACLEAN, Ph.D.

MAGGI QUINLAN, Ph.D.


Psychedelics and Art TheoryPsychedelics and Art TheoryFriday Afternoon

The psychedelic experience is perhaps no more prominent than in creative expression. The experience of being taken away and shown a new world has allowed artists in all modalities to bring back new and transformative ideas in creative expression. This symposium would talk about the role of psychedelics in art, and how that translates to the potential for psychedelics to transform culture.


MICHAEL DIVINE

JENNIFER INGRAM

KEN JOHNSON

ANDREW ‘ANDROID’ JONES

GEORGE QUASHA


Psychedelics in University Academics and ResearchPsychedelics in University Academics and ResearchSaturday Morning

A field of inquiry gains its merits by its inclusion and recognition by universities. There, through scholarly research and discourse, a question can flourish, a field of study can grow, and reliable information can shape a culture. In 2007, the inauguration of the first university school dedicated to the study of environmental sustainability made a powerful statement about the cultural relevance of that field of inquiry. In this symposium, perspectives from university scholars already dedicated to the field of psychedelic studies will discuss current momentum toward such program of psychedelic studies and grant-funded research, and consider how such a program might be feasibly developed.


JAG DAVIES

NEŞE L.S. DEVENOT, M.A.

JEFFERY GUSS, M.D.

STEPHEN ROSS, M.D.

STEPHANIE SCHMITZ


Translational Research of Psilocybin's Effects on HumansTranslational Research of Psilocybin’s Effects on HumansSaturday Afternoon

In the past decade, a wealth of research studying the effects of psychedelics on human psychiatric pathologies has appeared in academic an lay journals alike. This symposium will look at the most recent advances in this research in labs at John’s Hopkins University.


ROLAND R. GRIFFITHS, Ph.D.

WILLIAM A. RICHARDS, Ph.D.

MATTHEW JOHNSON, Ph.D.


Psychedelics and TheoryPsychedelics and TheorySaturday Afternoon

Introducing a new variable into an environment changes the dynamics of that environment, even if only in a small way. If the renaissance of interest in, and appreciation of, psychedelic experiences continues to develop from a groundswell into the mainstream, we must consider how a culture might adapt to this new contribution. This symposium will explore theory and philosophy as they relate to the integration of psychedelics into the modern cultural paradigm.


PAUL ELIAS

DREW KNIGHT

K. VIOLET McKEON

PHILIP WITKIN


Psychedelics and InnovationPsychedelics and InnovationSunday Morning

Psychedelic experiences are most commonly associated with the dissolution of boundaries, the limits of innovation. Fables about psychedelic-inspired innovations abound. In this symposium, creative scholars across disciplines will explore avenues of innovation previously opened up by psychedelic experiences, and discuss new avenues being opened up today.


ANTHONY P. BOSSIS, Ph.D.

RICHARD DOYLE, Ph.D.

J.P. HARPIGNIES

LILY ROSS


Psychedelics and EthicsPsychedelics and EthicsSunday Afternoon

In the wake of astonishment leading up to and following new developments/technologies, it is not uncommon to forget to consider the ethical ramifications of such innovations. In the past, these oversights have yielded negative outcomes. In the field of psychedelic studies, it yielded a deathblow. In this symposium, leading scholars will explore ethical considerations in the development and use of psychedelic technologies, looking into the past for lessons, and also looking to potential pitfalls in the future.


BIA LABATE, Ph.D./BRIAN ANDERSON

MARTHA FARAH, Ph.D.

JULIE HOLLAND, M.D.

JONATHAN D. MORENO, Ph.D.