Ohio State University: New academic center focuses on psychedelic drug research and education

Ohio State University: New academic center focuses on psychedelic drug research and education
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A new academic center in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University aims to fill two gaps in the burgeoning field of study into psychedelic drugs: focusing research on populations and psychological disorders underrepresented in current studies and preparing future scholars and clinicians through a variety of interdisciplinary educational initiatives. The Center for Psychedelic Drug Research and Education (CPDRE) was approved by the Ohio State College of Social Work faculty in January, and its director, Assistant Professor of Social Work Alan Davis, officially took the helm in March. Alan Davis The new center is designed to formalize a network of experts across the university based in a range of academic departments as well as existing centers focused on drug policy and substance misuse prevention and recovery. Center designation also enables the hiring of research and administrative staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students who will help propel the work. “Creating this infrastructure helps establish a system of values that shapes our goals and focuses our mission in strategic ways – all important steps given that the topic is so new,” Davis said. “All of this allows us to demonstrate the ways we are capable as a group of investigators and instructors to best utilize resources for future work, which sets us up to be competitive for future funding.” Davis came to Ohio State in 2019 with a research background in psychedelics after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship in Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research. He is still affiliated with the Hopkins center, and holds an additional Ohio State faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Jason Slot, an associate professor of fungal evolutionary genomics in the Department of Plant Pathology, is the director of educational initiatives for the CPDRE. Slot studies the evolution and ecology of the…

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