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David Nichols

Adjunct Professor

David Nichols



David E. Nichols PhD previously held the Robert C. and Charlotte P. Anderson Distinguished Chair in Pharmacology and in addition was a Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy.  He was continuously funded by the NIH for nearly three decades and served on numerous government review panels.  His two principal research areas focused on drugs that affect serotonin and dopamine transmission in the CNS.  He began medicinal chemistry research on hallucinogens in 1969 and has been internationally recognized as a top expert on the medicinal chemistry of psychedelics (hallucinogens).  He has published more than 300 scientific articles, book chapters, and monographs.  In 1993 he founded the Heffter Research Institute, which has supported and funded clinical research with psilocybin and led the so-called “renaissance in psychedelic research.”