The Nordic Network for Psychedelic Science
The Nordic Network for Psychedelic Science (NNPS) is a network of Nordic researchers in the field of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy (PAP). NNPS was formed in 2021 by researchers from The University of Copenhagen (KU) and Neurobiology Research Unit (NRU) at the Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark; The Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet (KI) and Region Stockholm in Sweden; and The Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo (UiO) in Norway. The aim of the network is to connect researchers from the Nordic countries, and with international researchers in the field.
In 2021, researchers from the network (Dea Siggaard Stenbæk, NRU/KU; Henrik Børsting Jacobsen, UiO; and Maria Beckman, KI) received a two-year grant to strengthen the Nordic research on the therapeutic component of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for depression (NOS-HS Exploratory workshop call 2021 09.02.2021 - 31.03.2021: 345360). The grant enabled an in-person three days research workshop in Copenhagen in the fall of 2022 – Psychological Models of Psilocybin Drug Administration, and an upcoming workshop in Stockholm in the fall of 2023. The first workshop in Copenhagen addressed the critical gap in scientific knowledge of psychological models of psilocybin administration, and also included an overview of the pharmacology of psilocybin, and its use in antidepressant treatments. The workshop was conducted in a hybrid format as a combined PhD course; 20 researchers and 10 PhD students from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway participated.
David Erritzoe, PhD, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.
Dea Siggaard Stenbæk, associate professor, KU, Denmark.
Henrik Børsting Jacobsen, PhD, UiO, Norway.
Lisa Summer, professor, Anna Maria College in Massachusetts, United States.
Maria Beckman, PhD, KI, Sweden.
Patrick Fisher, PhD, NRU, Denmark.
Saj Razvi, clinical director, Somatic Psychedelic Institute, United States.
The second workshop will be held at KI in September 6-8, 2023
In 2022, researchers from KU, KI and Johns Hopkins University edited a Frontiers Research Topic on the psychotherapeutic framing of psychedelic drug administration. The topic included an editorial together with 11 articles – original research and reviews exploring the psychotherapeutic models and thinking that guide the administration of psychedelic drugs today.