Interested in learning from Canadian researchers at the forefront of psychedelic science? Consider this your invitation to join the Research Room, our monthly online expert-led series. Register for free today!

The MAPS Canada Research Room is a monthly event for the academic discussion of psychedelic studies, founded by students at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and Queen’s University. Our goal is to democratize psychedelic science and make information accessible to people from all backgrounds.

Each Research Room session is one hour long, and features a selected speaker presenting on their current research, followed by an open Q + A.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

MAPS Canada Research Room presents:

Psychedelic Medicine, Panpsychism, and Theodicy


Thurs, April 4th 8pm EST / 5pm PST

Sharday (she/her) is an Associate Professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University, Kingston ON, where she researches and teaches on esotericism, occult sciences, and new religious movements. She is interested in working with, and enlivening integrative, non-mechanistic worldviews found within these traditions. Her first book is ‘The Spiritual Significance of Overload Boredom’ (2022; McGill-Queen’s University Press). Her major projects right now are about psychedelic spiritual crises and solutions. With multidisciplinary collaborators, she is synthesizing tools for facilitating and navigating existential distress, recovery and maps for meaning-making. This work begins from a cosmophilic starting point, centring epistemologies of direct gnosis from traditional communities of practice, and integrating academic scientific and humanistic epistemologies. Sharday is involved in a number of academic and other organizations: she is a founding member of the Human Augmentation Research Network, she holds leadership positions at the American Academy of Religion, and she has been Director of Research at the Psychedelic Association of Canada.

PAST SESSIONS

MAPS Canada Research Room presents:

Psilocybin's Effects on Top-Down Visual Illusions


Thurs, March 7th 8pm EST / 5pm PST

​Sidath Rankaduwa: Sid is a PhD Neuroscience candidate from the University of Western Ontario, and his research is currently investigating the effects of psilocybin on visual processing and cognition. Before entering his PhD, he completed an MA in Philosophy at Western University specializing in consciousness studies and philosophy of mind. Sid also has a longtime interest in Eastern philosophical traditions, and has helped develop and teach a course on Buddhist philosophy at Western. Sid has been interviewed on various podcasts for his research on psychedelics, and was also part of the original team for the MAPS Canada podcast, acting as its first host. The primary question that motivates Sid’s research is, “What can altered states tell us about the nature of consciousness?”

MAPS Canada Research Room presents:

Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for opioid tapering in chronic pain: a pilot feasibility study

Thurs, Dec 11th 8pm EST / 5pm PST

MAPS Canada Research Room presents:

The Latest Perspectives on Psychedelic Brain Imaging

Thurs, Dec 5th 8pm EST / 5pm PST

MAPS Canada Research Room presents:

Students’ Perceptions of Psychedelic Therapy

Thurs, Nov 2nd 8pm EST / 5pm PST

MAPS Canada Research Room presents:

Microdosing Psilocybin for Major Depressive Disorder

Thurs, Sept 21st 8pm EST / 5pm PST

THE RESEARCH ROOM TEAM

Alkyoni Athanasiou-Fragkouli

Co-Lead

Leela Moza

Committee Member