Dennis McKenna, a world-renowned ethnobotanist and neuroscientist

Dennis McKenna, a world-renowned ethnobotanist and neuroscientist

Dennis McKenna is part of the group of American researchers who,¬†beginning in the late 1950′s with¬†predecessors such as¬†Gordon Wasson,¬†embarked on the adventure of discovering and disseminating ethnobotanical and shamanic¬†resources, as well as the¬†rituals associated with the hallucinogenic preparations that exist throughout Latin America, specially in Amazon area.¬†Dr. McKenna, is¬†considered a world-renowned human repository of this knowledge.

Dr. McKenna received post-doctoral research fellowships in the Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health and in the Department of Neurology in Stanford University School of Medicine.

He serves on the advisory board of non-profit organizations in the fields of ethnobotany and botanical medicine and is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, where he continues his focus on the therapeutic uses of medicines derived from psychoactive plants.

Coming next, a Dennis McKenna conference in the HORIZONS Psychedelics Forum about the past and future of ayahuasca:

Dr. McKenna has an expansive knowledge of ayahuasca and his recent achievements include:

  • He has been a key organizer and participant in the Hoasca Project, an international biomedical study of ayahuasca used by indigenous peoples and syncretic religious groups in Brazil.
  • He has recently completed a project, funded by the Stanley Medical Research Institute, to investigate Amazonian traditional medical practices in the treatment of schizophrenia and cognitive deficits.

We are delighted to welcome Dennis McKenna in the sustainability and environment session of the primary track of the AYA2014.

If you would like to attend the conference, book your tickets here.

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