The Medical Psychedelics Working Group is a cross-sector collaboration that includes scientific experts, academics, policymakers, leaders of patient advocacy groups and industry representatives, collectively aiming to create a rational and enlightened approach to psychedelic research and clinical treatment.

Aim

To create a rational and enlightened approach to psychedelic research and clinical treatment

Objectives

Rationale

We believe that the future of psychedelic medicine is extremely promising, and there is potential for the widespread application of psychedelic drugs within public health models. After witnessing the legalisation of medical cannabis in 2018, we recognised a need to work collaboratively and proactively with interdisciplinary partners to ensure that psychedelic medicines are developed for UK, EU and worldwide healthcare models.

Current regulations have created serious and considerable barriers to legitimate research associated with Schedule 1 regulations. While existing legislation does not preclude scientific research with these drugs, it does make studies considerably more difficult, time-consuming and costly.

With further research and a greater understanding amongst policy makers, academics, the media and the general public, there is a realistic prospect of regulatory approval for psychedelic medicines. We aim to ensure that medical psychedelics can be used safely in an ethical and economically sustainable manner and demonstrate a potential for lasting therapeutic benefit.

In 2020, we decided to establish the Medical Psychedelics Working Group to break down the barriers of 50 years of medical censorship by creating a rational and enlightened approach to psychedelic research and clinical treatment. The group explores innovation within the psychedelic space with a specific focus on how psychedelics can be integrated into primary and secondary healthcare. Our belief is that evidence-based science, data sharing, and strong partnerships are essential for the success of psychedelic medicines.

Scientific Committee

Prof Jo Neill (Chair)

Professor of Psychopharmacology

Prof David Nutt

Professor of Neuro-psychopharmacology

Prof David Nichols

Co-founder, Heffter Research Institute

Prof Val Curran

Professor of Psychopharmacology

Prof Fiona Measham

Chair in Criminology

Prof Adam Winstock

Consultant Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine Specialist and Founder Global Drug Survey 

Prof Celia Morgan

Professor of Psychopharmacology

Dr David Erritzoe

Clinical Director, Centre for Psychedelic Research

Dr Dennis McKenna

Co-Founder, Heffter Research Institute

Dr James Rucker

Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Tim Williams

Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist

Dr Mourad Wahba

Psychiatric Registrar

Dr Meg Spriggs

Research Associate, Centre for Psychedelic Research

Dr David Luke
Dr David Luke

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr Simon Ruffell

Psychiatric Doctor

Dr Henrik Jungaberle

Director, MIND Foundation

Dr Sara Tai

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology & Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Ros Watts Synthesis Institute
Dr Ros Watts

Clinical Director of Synthesis Institute

Roz Gittins

Director of Pharmacy, Humankind

Liam Modlin

Psychotherapist

Prof Hiroyuki Uchida

Associate Professor at the Department of Neuropsychiatry, Keio University, Tokyo

Dr Jake Hawthorn

Addiction Psychiatrist and Co-founder of the Scottish Psychedelic Research Group

Dr Claire Clark

Specialty Doctor in Palliative Medicine

Policy Specialists

Jeff Smith MP

Labour MP, Manchester Withington

Crispin Blunt MP

Conservative MP, Reigate

Rudi Fortson QC

Visiting Professor of Law, QMUL

Steve Rolles

Senior Policy Analyst, Transform

Tadeusz Hawrot

Senior Advocacy Coordinator, EFNA

Timmy Davis

Psilocybin Lead, CDPRG

Craig Whittall

Policy and Programme Officer
Imperial College London

Chris Koddermann

Co-founder, International Therapeutic
Psilocybin Rescheduling Initiative

Patient Advocates

Keith Abraham

CEO, Heroic Hearts Project UK

Guy Murray

Integration Coach, Heroic Hearts Project UK

Dr Lauren Macdonald

Psychiatric Doctor

Leonie Schneider

Operations, Alalaho

Spencer Hawkswell

CEO, Therapsil

Ian Roullier

Founder, PsyPAN

Partners

The Medical Psychedelics Working Group is supported by unrestricted educational grants from the following partners: