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Dr. David E.Nichols, PhD.

Dr. David E. Nichols is a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Professor of Pharmacology in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Purdue University, as well as a co-founder of the Heffter Institute, where he serves as Director of Preclinical Research. The focus of his graduate training, beginning in 1969, and of much of his research subsequent to receiving his doctorate in 1973 has been the investigation of the relationship between molecular structure and the action of psychedelic agents and other substances which modify behavioral states.

His research has been funded by government agencies for more than a decade. He consults for the pharmaceutical industry and has served on numerous committees and government research review groups. Widely published in the scientific literature and internationally recognized for his research on centrally active drugs, he has studied all of the major classes of psychedelic agents, including LSD and other lysergic acid derivatives, psilocybin and the tryptamines, and phenethylamines related to mescaline.

 

E-Mail Address: DrDave@heffter.org or drdave@pharmacy.purdue.edu

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Bibliography of Papers and Books

Papers (full text)

  • An Essay on the discovery and future of LSD.
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