The Potential Use of Ayahuasca as an Antidepressant: Preclinical and Clinical Studies

Event Name The Potential Use of Ayahuasca as an Antidepressant: Preclinical and Clinical Studies
Start Date 11 Nov 2019 12:00 pm
End Date 11 Nov 2019 1:30 pm
Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes
Description

NICM Health Research Institute (NICM) presents Nicole Leite Galvão-Coelho, Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Behaviour at Brazil’s Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), and Visiting Scholar at NICM.

With a PhD in Psychobiology and a focus in preclinical and clinical studies of chronic stress and mood disorders, we invite you to join Nicole Leite Galvão-Coelho as she presents a seminar on The Potential Use of Ayahuasca as an Antidepressant: Preclinical and Clinical Studies.

Ayahuasca is a decoction made from a combination of two plants from the Amazon rainforest, Chacrona (Psychotria viridi) leaf and Mariri (Banisteriopsis caapi) vine. These components act on several pathways involved in the aetiology of major depression. Brazilian preclinical and clinical results, from a double-blind randomised placebo-controlled clinical trial in patients with treatment-resistant depression, suggest a fast-acting antidepressant effect of ayahuasca.

In addition there appears a potential link between this effect and improvements of biomarkers of depression, contributing to the emerging field of the use of psychedelic substances in the treatment of psychiatric disorders.


Further details

When

  • Monday, 11 November 2019

Cost

  • Free and open to all

Where

  • NICM Health Research Institute, Dr Lam Fai Yuen Auditorium, Ground Floor, Western Sydney University, Westmead Campus, 158-160 Hawkesbury Road, Wesmead, NSW

RSVP

  • Register your attendance here.(opens in a new window)

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