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Event Series Event Series: Sunday’s Platform

Psychedelics – Hope or hype?

April 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

From our speaker, “I provide an overview of psychedelic pharmacology and then a look into the clinical and neuroscientific data that have led to growing interest in psychedelics and psychedelic-assisted therapy.” Dr. Siegel will present the risks and challenges of psychedelics for treatment in mood and addiction disorders, and consider what impacts these treatments may have on the mental health system. 

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Joshua Siegel

Dr. Siegel received a bachelor's degree in philosophy, neuroscience and psychology from Washington University, completed a master's degree and doctorate in systems neuroscience in WUSM's Physician Scientist Training Program, and completed residency in psychiatry. Dr. Siegel has 13 years experience in neuroscience and has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in the fields of neuroimaging and neuropsychopharmacology. During psychiatry residency, Dr. Siegel initiated Missouri’s first human psychedelics research, using precision functional mapping to study how psilocybin alters brain networks. In addition to conceiving and designing this research program, he served as a psychedelic "facilitator," completing training with Usona Institute in Madison, WI. His research focuses on using human neuroimaging to understand ketamine, psilocybin, and similar molecules that rapidly stimulate homeostatic plasticity. The central goal is to understand the link between neurotrophic stimulation, brain networks, mood and human behavior.

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This Platform will feature music from Ben von Harz (percussion) and Jim Ibur (guitar). Jim Ibur and Ben Von Harz play a more free-form improvised musical genre: open-hearted and open-minded. James Ibur works in multiple creative endeavors. As a musical artist, he is a singer-songwriter and also is the writer and guitar player for the St. Louis original rock music band, Flying House. Flying House’s third record, Seize the Day, released in 2023 and is available on all digital platforms. As a visual artist, James has long been a ceramic-based potter-sculptor with a two-dimensional drawing/painting bent. He is a professor of art and runs the ceramics program at St. Louis Community College at Meramec.

Ben von Harz began musically playing congas in a church band back in the late ‘80s but took a break while living aboard boats for ten years. He went to South Africa for work in 2011 and met a master drum builder and drum circle facilitator who taught him how to build beautiful rope-tuned African drums like djembes, ashikos bougarabous and djuns. At the World Rhythm Festival in Seattle, he joined a worldwide community of hand drummers and drum circle facilitators. He has attended Hawaii Playshops that the Village Music Circles do each year to train and certify drum circle facilitators. Ben says, “Seattle is also the first place I played a handpan. It's been nearly a dozen years now. My music room is full of instruments and I still play pans every day.



April 7
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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9001 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117