harvard builiding

Harvard Announces Interdisciplinary Study on Psychedelics Funded by $16M Gift

Learn what’s next

Harvard University is launching an interdisciplinary study focusing on the impact of psychedelics in society and culture, thanks to a $16 million gift from the Gracias Family Foundation. The study aims to be a collaborative effort involving the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Divinity School.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring students, faculty, and researchers together around the important issue of how psychedelics impact our society”

Robin Kelsey, dean of arts and humanities at Harvard.

The generous gift will fund an endowed professorship, research across the university, and a series of public events aimed at fostering interdisciplinary dialogue. The move comes at a time when psychedelics are drawing increased interest for their potential therapeutic benefits in treating disorders like PTSD, depression, and addiction.

“This is a visionary gift, in that it is the first to take the so-called psychedelic renaissance beyond medicine”

Michael Pollan, a professor in Harvard’s Creative Writing program.

The initiative will explore various aspects of psychedelics, including their legal, ethical, and social implications, as well as their impact on consciousness, spirituality, and art. “This initiative will give us the space to explore and enrich public dialogue around psychedelics,” noted Bruno Carvalho, interim director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard.

In addition to expanding existing programs, the gift will also fund a new set of fellowships in Psychedelics, Transcendence, and Consciousness Studies. These fellowships will engage researchers from multiple fields to encourage cross-disciplinary research.

Antonio Gracias, president of the Gracias Family Foundation, said, “Harvard is the ideal place to explore the topic of psychedelics from new angles and to craft a framework for their legal, safe, and appropriate impact on society.”

Weekly Psychedelic News – Week 42, 2023

Weekly Psychedelic News – Week 42, 2023

Latest research, policy updates, and industry developments

Jada Pinkett Smith says son Jaden saved her life after introducing her to psychedelics

Jada Pinkett Smith says son Jaden saved her life after introducing her to psychedelics

In a candid and deeply personal interview, Jada Pinkett Smith revealed her

You May Also Like

Join Psilolab Newsletter!

Welcome to the Psilolab newsletter, where we delve into the fascinating world of psychedelics and their impact on mental health. In this space, we explore the latest research and breakthroughs in the field of psychedelics and how they are being used to treat various mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction.

Join us on this journey as we explore the mind, reality, and the transformative power of psychedelics.