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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Maastricht Psychedelic Symposium

On May 24, the Maastricht Psychedelic Research Team organized a mini-symposium on psychedelics. We welcomed two international speakers: Prof. dos Santos and Prof. Bouso from Brazil and Spain to discuss their ayahuasca and ibogaine research. We also had several internal speakers: presenting on mystical vs. autobiographical psychedelic experiences (Dr Kangaslampi), microdosing (Ms. Haijen), and 5-MeO-DMT (Mr. Reckweg).

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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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Dr. C. Rob Markus

Brain, Behavior, Stress

I became an expert on the relation between stress, brain (gene) vulnerability and the development of cognitive-affective complaints/disorders as well as in testing (claims about) dietary treatment/assessment methods.

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.

Aedan O’Shea, MSc

miRNA, RDoC, Exosomes

I have a long standing interest in unravelling the therapeutic mechanisms of Psychedelics, and in this project I will investigate the effect of Psychedelic drug exposure in humans on miRNA’s transported in neuron-derived Extracellular Vesicles...

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...

Prof. Arjan Blokland

Cognition, Learning & Memory, Acetylcholine

I studied Psychology at the Radboud University (Nijmegen, NL). After receiving my PhD in Maastricht in 1992, I did a post doc at the University of Cambridge in 1992.

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. Pim Heckman

Memory recovery, Sleep loss, Neuroplasticity

My academic training and research experience have provided me with an excellent background in multiple psychological disciplines including neurobiology, neuropsychology, and neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr. Rudy Schreiber

CNS Drug Discovery, Research Domain Criteria

I started my career in central nervous system drug discovery in 1993 and subsequently progressed from bench scientist to senior leadership roles at global pharmaceutical companies

Johannes Reckweg, MSc

Therapy, 5-MeO-DMT, Neuropsychopharmacology

I am Johannes, a PhD candidate from Germany. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, I came to Maastricht for my Master in Neuropsychology.

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