Who is APRA?
Amsterdam Psychedelic Research Association (APRA) is a vibrant interdisciplinary, academic, nonprofit association, founded by (graduate) students and researchers from Amsterdam Universities and medical institutes. For the past two years, APRA has been active in raising awareness and fueling interest in undergraduate students concerning (clinical) research into psychedelics and organizing accessible events and lectures on the campuses.
During these events, recent scholarly works, and evidence-based articles are showcased and discussed. APRA is committed to providing information to students and researchers about developments in academic research on psychedelics and thereby diminishing unscientific stigma within academia to help normalize the status of research in this field. APRA is also striving to facilitate a collaborative, concerted and interdisciplinary research effort in this direction between the Amsterdam institutions.
ICPR 2020 is APRA’s second major collaboration with OPEN Foundation. In May 2019, APRA teamed up with OPEN, MAPS Europe, and LUMC/Arq to host Opening Up, a symposium presenting research and perspectives on therapeutic applications of MDMA, featuring leading clinical researchers. Contributing to these projects are a valuable opportunity to cultivate shared aims between APRA and OPEN to give a platform to researchers and academics to present their work to audiences of students, colleagues, and the general public.