Science Café: Back to Nature - the Renaissance of Psychedelics. With Tomáš Páleníček

05 Dec 2019 05 Dec 2019

*** THE JOURNEY OF PSYCHEDELIC MEDICINES FROM NATURAL TREATMENTS TO FORBIDDEN SUBSTANCES AND BACK AGAIN *** LSD, psilocybin, mescaline or MDMA are notoriously known as illegal and dangerous drugs. However, the reality is very different. Latest official research of these substances in fact demonstrates completely different results. For millennia many of these psychedelics have been used by traditional cultures for healing and spiritual purposes. Recent scientific research confirms their potential to support the neurobiology of mental processes and also their unique potency in treating disorders such as depression, anxiety and addictions. The Czech Centre’s Science Café talk will summarize the current body of knowledge on psychedelics in the context of the laboratory and clinical research and their traditional use.

Dr Tomáš Páleníček has worked as a neuroscientist and psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health, Czech Republic since 2001. In his PhD studies, he focused on animal models of psychosis, studying the neurobiology of schizophrenia. However, he has always been interested in psychoactive substances. During his career, he has been a principle investigator on several projects examining psychedelics in animals, later joining in the human ketamine research, and finally becoming a principle investigator of the first healthy volunteer trials on psilocybin and cannabis in the Czech Republic. Today, he is a leader of preclinical and clinical research teams focusing on the research into psychedelics.

The Q&A after the presentation will be chaired by Amir Englund  from King's College London.

The event is organised in collaboration with National Institute of Mental Health, Klecany, Czech Republic, PSYRES Foundation and Neuron Foundation



Tickets: £5 + booking fee

Complimentary beer / wine with every ticket

The cinema is accessible through the reception of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. Please note the entrance is on Bayswater Road.

Please note that the venue is not accesible to wheelchair users!


Part of the Science Café series

Science Café is a new series of popular science presentations and talks by the best Czech scientists of today presented by the Czech Centre London. Inspired by the phenomenon of Cafe Scientifique which was first established in the UK in 1998 and spread across the world as a place where anyone could come to discuss the latest ideas in science and technology over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, Science Café is an informal forum for the discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues.


Tomáš Páleníček: Back to Nature - the Renaissance of Psychedelics








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  • Event title: Science Café: Back to Nature - the Renaissance of Psychedelics. With Tomáš Páleníček
  • Date: 05 Dec 2019 05 Dec 2019
  • Venue: Czech Centre London

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