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Tuesday 20 October 2020 7:30 - 8:30 PM (originally scheduled for 18 August but deferred due to Alert Level 3)
Psychedelic drugs were studied as medical drugs in the 1950s and 1960s, however, the “war on drugs” effectively ended research on these drugs which were showing promise as treatments for a variety of mental health and addictive disorders. In this talk I will describe the recent renaissance of psychedelic drug research including studies that I have been involved in both in the UK and New Zealand.
Suresh completed his PhD in psychology at the University of Auckland in 2005 after which he joined the newly established Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre as a post-doctoral fellow. In 2014 Suresh received a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship and has returned to Auckland where he works in The School of Pharmacy (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences). Suresh’s main research interests are in understanding how therapies alter brain activity and in developing methodologies to measure these changes in both healthy individuals and patient groups. His previous studies have involved a range of compounds including the hallucinogens ketamine, LSD, psilocybin.
Please register for this talk so we can plan seating for the expected numbers. A small donation on arrival at the door is appreciated but not compulsory.