World’s First Center for Psychedelics Research Opens in UK
It'll focus on the use of psychedelics for mental health care and the study of consciousness.
Fringe No More
On Friday, Imperial College London launched the Imperial Centre for Psychedelic Research — the world’s first formal center for research into mind-altering substances, like LSD and mescaline, that have been relegated to the realm of fringe science for nearly 80 years.
“This new Centre represents a watershed moment for psychedelic science; symbolic of its now mainstream recognition,” Robin Carhart-Harris, who will lead the center, said in a news release. “Psychedelics are set to have a major impact on neuroscience and psychiatry in the coming years. It’s such a privilege to be at the forefront of one of the most exciting areas in medical science.”
Five founding donors dedicated more than £3 million ($3.8 million) to open the center, which will primarily focus on the potential uses for psychedelics in mental health care and as a tool to help scientists unravel the mysteries of consciousness.
“It may take a few years for psychedelic therapy to be available for patients, but research so far has been very encouraging,” Carhart-Harris said in the release, adding that “when delivered safely and professionally, psychedelic therapy holds a great deal of promise for treating some very serious mental health conditions, and may one day offer new hope to vulnerable people with limited treatment options.”
READ MORE: Imperial launches world’s first Centre for Psychedelics Research [Imperial College London]
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