Psychopharmacology Maastricht

The psychopharmacology department at Maastricht University focuses on the cognitive, behavioral, and biological effects of various substances, ranging from pharmaceutical to recreational drugs.

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Natasha Mason and Zeus Tipado will be presenting at ICPR 2024 in Haarlem, Netherlands this June!

Maastricht Psychedelic Symposium

On May 24, the Maastricht Psychedelic Research Team will organize a mini-symposium on psychedelics. We will welcome two international speakers: Prof. dos Santos and Prof. Bouso from Brazil and Spain to discuss their ayahuasca and ibogaine research. We also have several internal speakers: presenting on mystical vs. autobiographical psychedelic experiences (Dr Kangaslampi), microdosing (Ms. Haijen), and 5-MeO-DMT (Mr. Reckweg). All students and staff with an interest in this topic are welcome to join us in the Maastrichtzaal in UNS40 between 13:30-15:30.

If you can’t make it, a live stream will be available at the link below!

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Read about our new paper on the neurological origins of a visual psychedelic hallucination

Congratulations to Zeus Tipado on his newly published paper that introduces a new theory as to why a person experiences a visual trip on psychedelics.

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Participate in our studies!

We're always conducting research in our department and we're frequently looking for participants to be a part of science! If you're interested, look at the studies that we are currently conducting.

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Pablo Mallaroni, MSc

Psychedelics, fMRI/MRS, Idiosyncracy

I am PhD candidate with the Psychopharmacology Unit of Maastricht University with a background in translational neuroscience.

Dr. Natasha Mason

Psychedelics, Neuroadaptations, Plasticity

My research is driven by my desire to find effective treatments for psychiatric disorders, particularly anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Eef Theunissen

Cognition, Synthetic Cannabinoids, Drugs and Driving

I began my Ph.D. journey in 2001 at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Maastricht. My research focused on investigating the sedating and stimulating effects of antihistamines, with a particular emphasis on their...

Eline Haijen, MSc

ADHD, Microdosing, Psychedelics

I am a PhD candidate in the Psychopharmacology in Maastricht research group at the Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology at Maastricht University. I am from a little village close to Maastricht.

Janine Kox, MSc

Stress Resilience, Psychedelics, Cognitive biases

My research focuses on the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, on cognitive biases, by using the transdiagnostic rDOC approach, and see whether psychedelics such as LSD, Psilocybin and even non-hallucinogenic psychedelics can reverse these effects.

Dr. Malin Vedøy Uthaug

Consciousness, Ayahuasca, 5-MeO-DMT

I am an altered states of consciousness researcher from Norway and one of the world leading experts on 5-MeO-DMT.

Hongyu Zhao, MSc

Memory, sleep deprivation

My name is Hongyu, and I am a researcher from China. After completing my undergraduate degree in anesthesiology and obtaining a master's degree in psychiatry from a prestigious medical university in China.

Mauro Cavarra, MSc

Psychosomatics, Chronic Pain, Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy

I am a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and clinical trainer interested in understanding the connection between mind and body. At the Department I work in research projects that explore the potential of psychedelic therapies in the treatment...

Giordano Rossi, MSc

Ayahuasca, Esketamine, Depression

We are also evaluating subjective effects, safety, tolerability, and possible changes in personality, social cognition and well-being.

We are always up for communicating with people that have interesting ideas or questions. If you want to contact our department, please reach out using this form below.

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