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Dr David Luke has confirmed his attendance at the SPRG opening

At the SPRG opening event Dr David Luke will give a 15-minute talk about the experience of being a participant in a trial, as well as conducting a trial. Dr David Luke is an Associate Professor of Psychology and joined the Department of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Greenwich in October 2008. Dr Luke is currently a module leader of the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience, which has been running since 2009, and also teaches on the Introduction to Psychology, and Criminology and Forensic Psychology modules. Dr Luke is also currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer, Centre for Psychedelic …

Drug policy and addiction

Scotland has the highest drug related deaths compared to any other country in Europe. The need to develop novel approaches to treat addiction is of urgency, to address the unmet societal need. Early research between 1950 and 1960, investigating psychedelics for addiction, suggested positive therapeutic outcomes for LSD in the treatment of alcohol addiction, although follow-up studies were hindered as a result of the 1971 misuse of drugs act, which led to a fall in psychedelic research for addiction. Marking 50 years since the introduction of the 1971 Misuse of Drug acts, the charity Drug Science, set up by neuropsychopharmacologist …

Psilocybin for depression trials

Depression is a debilitating mental health condition which affects around half a million individuals in Scotland. Patients suffering from depression often experience emotional sadness and an inability to enjoy everyday activities. Traditional treatments such as SSRI antidepressants and psychotherapy are successful for a proportion of patients, although fail to work for others, resulting in patients experiencing treatment resistant depression. Following the discovery of LSD by Swiss psychiatrist Albert Hoffman, the 1950’s and 1960’s found psychedelic substances promising for the treatment of depression, addiction and end of life cancer-related anxiety. The current revival in psychedelic research has brought groundbreaking studies to …

The group launches on 27.05.2021

27th May 2-5pm Range of speakers on topics directlyrelated to getting research started 28th May 11-2pm Deciding research topics and startingresearch collaborations