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Research Team

These are the lead researchers conducting the studies at the Riosbo Research & Retreat Center outside of Iquitos, Peru:

Ayahuasca Research psychiatrist Simon RuffellSimon Ruffell

With a degree in medicine from the University of Sheffield before specializing in psychiatry, Simon has an interest in transcultural psychiatry, working overseas in Northern Uganda. He has a special interest in psychedelic research, namely ayahuasca and has spent the last three years conducting research into the use of ayahuasca in an adapted traditional setting for Westerner’s in the Peruvian Amazon. Simon is currently based at The Maudsley Hospital in South London, as well as working as a Senior Research Associate at King’s College London looking at the use of psilocybin in treatment resistant depression.

Ayahuasca Research Psychologist NigelNigel Netzband

A BPS accredited research psychologist with experience in psychopharmacology and experimental design, Nige has been involved in the projects at Riosbo since 2016, looking at the effects of ayahuasca. His primary interest is the pursuit of furthering medicine by establishing efficacy in novel treatments. With interests in consciousness, neuroscience, physical health and nutrition, Nige believes in holistic approaches to healthcare. He is currently a doctoral candidate on a psychotherapy training program in Bristol, and feels that psychedelic-assisted therapy may play a large role in the future of psychiatry. In his spare time he volunteers for the harm reduction charity, PsyCare.

Ayahuasca Research doctor WaiFungWaiFung Tsang

Hailing from Hong Kong, WaiFung is a Psychology MSc and DClinPsych candidate with years of clinical experience primarily in the field of addiction, exhibiting an interest in empirical research of psychoactive substances. Currently based at the Maudsley Hospital, Kings College London, he has undertaken the role of researcher statistician and psychologist in projects exploring adapted traditional ceremonial use of Ayahuasca for the treatment of trauma related conditions, working alongside Simon and Nige. WaiFung is also an avid musician who enjoys honing sound-healing techniques as well as psychedelic harm reduction work at music festivals.

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