About Us

Ana Elda Maqueda, PhD candidate

Ana Elda Maqueda, PhD candidate

Founder and executive director

Ana is an author, clinical psychologist, and neuroscientist studying the neuropsychopharmacology of Salvia divinorum and ayahuasca in humans at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Psychopharmacology Group of Sant Pau Hospital. Ana has spent the last years exploring the Mazatec Sierra, fully investigating the current uses of Salvia divinorum. During her fieldwork, she lived with Mazatec families, learning from traditional doctors and healers. She contributed her support for the preservation of their language, habitat and customs. With Xka Pastora she wants to recuperate the mazatec knowledge about Salvia, as well as their cosmovision and associated rituals. See her publications.

Peter H Addy, PhD

Peter H Addy, PhD

Co-founder and president

Peter is an associate research scientist at the Yale University School of Medicine specializing in medical informatics and psychopharmacology research. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist graduated from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Palo Alto. His dissertation thesis was a controlled administration of Salvia divinorum to volunteers. He is specializing in substance misuse, and one of the world’s leading experts on Salvia. He does research fieldwork documenting the traditional uses of the plant at the Mazatec Sierra.
Advisory board
Rafael Guimarães dos Santos, PhD

Rafael Guimarães dos Santos, PhD

Scientific advisory board

In his M.Sc. in Psychology, Rafael investigated the acute effects of ayahuasca on measures of anxiety, panic-like, and hopelessness in Santo Daime members. In his Ph.D. thesis in Pharmacology he compared the effects of ayahuasca and d-amphetamine and investigated the pharmacology of two repeated doses of ayahuasca. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Neuroscience and Behavior, Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, where he investigates the effects of ayahuasca on depression and social anxiety. Recently, Rafael published a paper about the high therapeutic promise of salvinorin A in treating drug abuse.
Bia Labate, PhD

Bia Labate, PhD

Drug policy advisory board

Beatriz Caiuby Labate has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of psychoactive substances, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is also co-founder of the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP), and editor of NEIP’s website. She is author, co-author, and co-editor of thirteen books, one special-edition journal, and several peer-reviewed articles. For more information, see: http://bialabate.net/

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