Dr Cameron Adams
Dr. Cameron Adams is a medical and ecological anthropologist who has worked with
the Highland Maya of Chiapas, Mexico and is currently involved in a long term
ethnography of psychedelic culture, psychedelic medicine and ecological consciousness.
Dr. Adams is a research associate at the University of Kent where he co-organized
Breaking Convention: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness
with four of the nicest and most interesting people anyone could hope to work with.
Robin Carhart-Harris, Ph.D.
After completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2003, Robin studied psychoanalysis at Masters level, receiving his MA in 2004. In 2005, Robin began a four year PhD in Psychopharmacology at the University of Bristol. Working for Professor David Nutt and Dr Sue Wilson, Robin's thesis focused on sleep and serotonin function in ecstasy users. In 2009, working closely with the Beckley Foundation, he successfully coordinated the first clinical study of psilocybin in the UK and the first clinical study of a classic psychedelic drug in the UK for over 40 years. Also in 2009, Robin moved to Imperial College London to continue his work under the supervision of Professor David Nutt. With the collaboration of Professor Richard Wise at Cardiff University, Robin has since coordinated the first resting state fMRI investigation of a classic psychedelic drug and the first fMRI investigation of psilocybin.
David Luke, Ph.D.
David Luke, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich, UK, where he teaches an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experiences, focusing on his two main interests of psychedelics and the paranormal. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Northampton, UK, for the MSc in Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies and is past president of the Parapsychological Association. Since 2008 he has directed the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series at the October Gallery in Bloomsbury, London, and is one of the core organizers of the Breaking Convention: A Multidisciplinary Meeting on Psychedelic Consciousness. He lives life on the edge, of Hackney.
Ben Sessa, MBBS BSc MRCPsych
Dr Ben Sessa is a consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist working in Taunton, Somerset with the National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. He began publishing in medical journals on the subject of psychedelics as a trainee and since then has spoken nationally and internationally to doctors in a campaign to see these fascinating substances return to the mainstream pharmacopeia where their lives began. In 2008 he became a Research Associate under Prof. David Nutt at Bristol University, where he consulted for the ACMD on MDMA before working on the UK's only human hallucinogen study in modern times - being the first person to be legally administered a classical psychedelic drug in this country for 33 years. He is currently writing a new textbook on psychedelics and working with Nutt to develop the UK's first MDMA Psychotherapy study, hopefully to be based at Cardiff University.
Anna Waldstein, Ph.D.
Anna is a lecturer in Medical Anthropology and Ethnobotany at the University of Kent, a co-founder/organizer of Breaking Convention and an anthropological consultant of the Rastafari Global Council and the Rastafari Council of Britain. She studies and has published several articles on self-medication with herbal medicines as a form of empowerment and/or resistance to biomedical hegemony. Anna's current research interests include self-medication with cannabis (arguably the world's most interesting herbal medicine), the ways therapeutic benefits of its use are defined, experienced and manipulated and the relationship between cannabis use and identity, especially how it has influenced Rastafari spirituality, livity, and healing. She is also interested in the Kamitic and Hindu roots of Rastafari; the role of psychotropic substances in human evolution; and bio-cultural constructions of addiction.
Charlotte Walsh is a legal academic at the University of Leicester School of
Law where she runs an undergraduate course on Criminology. Her main research
focus is on the interface between psychedelics and the law, viewed from a
liberal, human rights-based perspective: she believes that drug prohibition
conflicts with our fundamental right to cognitive liberty. Charlotte is involved
in successfully advising people prosecuted for activities involving plant psychedelics.