#TalkBD 18 – Psychedelics & Bipolar

Event Date: Monday, November 22nd | 12pm PST | 3pm EST | 8pm GST
#TalkBD 18 – Psychedelics & Bipolar
Our next #TalkBD online community gathering focuses on a growing area of research: bipolar disorder and psychedelics. It features Dr. Josh Woolley, a psychiatrist from the University of California San Francisco, who is currently studying magic mushrooms and bipolar disorder with his lab.
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Join us on November 22nd for #TalkBD – Psychedelics & Bipolar! At this online community gathering, Dr. Josh Woolley and Amir will join us to discuss psychedelics and bipolar disorder: the state of the research, their current project, and future directions. They’ll also be taking your questions!

We welcome anybody interested in this topic to join us for the event!

Where to Join

Date and Time: Monday, November 22nd, 12-1pm PST, 4pm EST, 8pm GMT (Find what time this is for me)
Zoom Link: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0mV3ll88TXKOloyjT-NMoQ
Link to watch as a livestream: TalkBD.live or our our Facebook page

The Presenters

Dr. Josh Woolley standing indoors with a houseplant in the background. He is Caucasian with blue eyes, short salt-and-pepper hair, and squarish glasses. He is smiling with a closed mouth.

Josh Woolley, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
crestbd.ca/josh / @thebandlab
Dr. Josh Woolley is currently the principal investigator and director of UCSF’s Bonding and Attunement in Neuropsychiatric Disorders (BAND) Laboratory. The lab’s mission is to understand mechanisms of social connection among individuals with mental illness and to test new treatments. The BAND Lab studies psychedelics as novel therapeutics for multiple conditions, including bipolar disorder. He’s also the director of the translational psychedelic research program at UCSF.

Amir is sitting on a bench outside. There is a large tree behind him. He has tan skin and a moustache. He is wearing a tropical-looking shirt in a light teal green colour and is smiling..


Peer researcher, BSc
Amir is a recent graduate of UBC in a bachelors of science in cognitive systems where he focused on cognition and the brain. He is a peer researcher at Crest.BD and is starting his role as a peer mental health support worker at Foundry. As an individual with lived experience, he has been a researcher on UBC and UCSF’s joint project on investigating the use of Psilocybin in individuals with bipolar disorder.

Erin outside smiling, at what looks to be the UBC campus.Dr. Erin Michalak

Professor, UBC Psychiatry
crestbd.ca/erin / @erin_michalak

Erin is the Founder and Network Lead of CREST.BD, and Professor at UBC Psychiatry. Her research in mental health, patient-oriented research and quality of life in bipolar disorder is globally recognized. Erin spearheaded the development of the first BD-specific quality of life scale, the QoL.BD. The QoL.BD has seen rapid uptake internationally and is now the gold-standard for BD quality of life assessments. Under Erin, CREST.BD also launched an online version of the QoL.BD, and the Bipolar Wellness Centre, a web portal of scientifically validated wellness strategies for BD. In 2018, she was awarded the CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Transformation in Patient Engagement.

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