NIH Psilocybin Research Speaker Series (Agenda)


NIH Psilocybin Research Speaker Series

(April 22-June 10, 2021)

Sponsored by

NCI-NIH Integrative Medicine Course and Organizing Committee


Co-Sponsored by

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH

Pain & Palliative Care Service, NIH Clinical Center 


Open to the Public (Virtual WebEx)


Registration Required



  • Education: provide time-sensitive and evidence-based scientific information, utilizing expert speakers from academia, government, and the community.
  • Research: assess the current state of the science, identify research gaps and opportunities, regarding future research needs for investigation among diverse research communities.


April 22

3:00-4:00 PM EST Psilocybin at the End of Life

Charles Grob, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine

4:00-5:00 PM EST Psilocybin: Neuropsychopharmacology and Implications for Therapeutics

Roland Griffiths, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JHU School of Medicine

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May 27

11:00-12:00 PM EST - Psychedelics – What’s at Stake, Strategic Science Policy Considerations for Advancing Public Health through Dynamic Regulatory Frameworks

Sean Belouin, Pharm.D. CAPT, United States Public Health Service, Senior Science Policy Advisor, SAMHSA


12:00-12:45 PM EST - A Breast Cancer Patient’s Perspectives on the Uses of Psychedelics in Medicine

Erica Rex, MA. Journalist & Writer for Scientific American and The New York Times, National Magazine Award Winner.


12:45-1:30 PM EST - Psilocybin in Cancer Patients with Depression---The Experience at Aquilino Cancer Center

Manish Agrawal, M.D. Cancer center Director, Aquilino Cancer Center

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June 4

12:30 -1:00 pm EST - Low Doses of Psilocybin Enhance Motivation and Attention in Poor Performing Rats

Edward Sellers MD, PhD. Professor Emeritus, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada


1:00-1:30 pm EST  -  Self-blinding Citizen Science to Explore Psychedelic Microdosing

Balázs Szigeti, PhD. Center for Psychedelic Research, Imperial College London, England


1:30-2:30 pm EST - Psilocybin and Group Therapy: Implications for Safety and Efficacy

Brian Anderson, M.D, MSC. Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, UCSF School of Medicine

Alicia Danforth, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist


2:30-3:00 pm EST - Abuse Potential Related Science and Regulatory Perspectives for Psychedelic Drug Product Development

Jack Henningfield, PhD. Vice President, Research, Health Policy, And Abuse Liability, PinneyAssociates, and Adjunct Professor, Behavioral Biology, Dept. Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


3:00-3:30 pm EST - Special Considerations for Evaluating Psilocybin-facilitated Treatments in Vulnerable Populations

Peter Hendricks, PhD. Professor & Director of Research, Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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June 7

2:00-2:40 PM EST - New Insights into the Mechanism of Action of Psilocybin



2:40-3:20 PM EST - Antidepressant-like and anti-inflammatory effects of psychedelics in rodent preclinical models

Charles Nichols, PhD. Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, LSU Health Sciences Center


3:20-4:00 PM EST - Harnessing psilocybin to fight depression: Insights and provocations from preclinical studies

Scott Thompson, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology, UMD School of Medicine


4:00-4:30 PM EST - Synthesis, characterization, and preclinical pharmacology of psilocybin analogs and related tryptamines

Grant Glatfelter, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, Designer Drug Research Unit, IRP, NIDA, NIH

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June 10

12:30- 1:00 PM EST - Psychedelics in Headache Medicine: Historical, Neuropharmacological, Neuroanatomical, and Clinical Evidence

Emmanuelle Schindler, MD, PhD. Assistant Professor of Neurology, Yale School of Medicine, Medical Director, Headache Center of Excellence, VA Connecticut Healthcare System


1:00-1:40 PM EST-  Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy for Advanced Cancer-related Psychiatric and Existential Distress

Stephen Ross, M.D. Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine


1:40-2:15 pm EST-  Psychedelic Medicine and Ethics

Paul S. Appelbaum, MD. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, & Law, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Mason Marks, MD, JD. Assistant Professor of Law, Gonzaga University

William Smith, MD, PhD, Psychiatry Resident, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


2:15-3:45 PM EST - Final Panel Discussion

  • All speakers
  • Event Planning Committee
  • Sharmin Ghaznavi, M.D, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for the Neuroscience of Psychedelics, and Director of Center’s Cognitive Neuroscience, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Michael Silver, Ph.D. Director, UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics
  • Stephen Xenakis, M.D. Brigadier General (Ret), U.S. Army
  • Marta Sokolowska, Ph.D. Associate Director for Controlled Substances, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), FDA
  • Frank Weichold, M.D., Ph.D. Senior Science Advisor for the office of the Chief Scientist and the Office of the Commissioner, FDA
  • Susan Weiss, Ph.D. Director, Division of Extramural Research, NIDA, NIH
  • Steve Zalcman, M.D. Chief, Adult Pathophysiology and Biological Interventions Branch, Division of Translational Research, NIMH, NIH

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