PANEL: Considerations for the Mainstreaming of Psychedelics: From Culture to Commercialization

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Psychedelic Science Summit: Austin, Texas (November 1-3, 2019)

Speakers: Allison Feduccia, Ph.D., George Greer, M.D., Mellody Hayes, M.D., Brent Turnipseed, M.D., Bia Labate, Ph.D. (Moderator)

This panel explores considerations for the responsible integration of psychedelic medicines into society.

Dr. Alli Feduccia is a Senior Clinical Data Scientist at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation. In this role, she analyzes data from clinical trials for publications and regulatory documents, and communicates findings with scientific and lay audiences. She is also Co-Founder and Director of Psychedelic.Support, an online platform to connect with mental health professionals. She earned a Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology from the University of Texas at Austin studying the effects of MDMA on behavior and neurochemical release in rodent models. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Francisco and at the National Institutes of Health where she investigated treatments for substance use disorders. Alli highly regards the opportunity to help generate scientifically based evidence on the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

Dr. George Greer conducted over 100 therapeutic sessions with MDMA for 80 individuals from 1980 to 1985 with his psychiatric nurse wife, Requa Tolbert. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Past President of the Psychiatric Medical Association of New Mexico. He was the Medical Director of the Heffter Research Institute from 1998 to 2017, when he became President. He is an investigator administering MDMA to therapists for the MAPS MDMA therapist training project in Santa Fe, NM.

Mellody Hayes is a physician-writer and public speaker who trained in Sociology at Harvard College before training as a physician and anesthesiologist at UCSF. Known for her heart-centered, powerful public speaking, her writing, speaking, coaching, and work in palliative care serves to encourage us to develop a better relationship to human suffering, be it anxiety, depression, pain, or end of life crisis. She believes that each person has a story of possibility, even in the presence of great pain, to be discovered that is part of their personal medicine.

Brent Turnipseed is a co-founder and the Medical Director of Roots Behavioral Health. He is an affiliate member of the Center for Transformational Psychotherapy, and a trainer for the Ketamine Training Center. He lectures, researches, and teaches frequently on therapeutic uses of ketamine.

Dr. Beatriz Caiuby Labate (Bia Labate) is a queer Brazilian anthropologist who immigrated to the U.S. in 2017. She has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of plant medicines, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Executive Director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines, an organization that provides public education about psychedelic plant medicines and promotes a bridge between the ceremonial use of sacred plants and psychedelic science. She is Adjunct Faculty at the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, and Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Guadalajara. She is also Public Education and Culture Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She is co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil, and editor of NEIP’s website, as well as editor of the Mexican blog Drugs, Politics, and Culture. She is author, co-author, and co-editor of twenty-one books, one special-edition journal, and several peer-reviewed articles.

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