Psychedelic Research Organization of Zurich.

If you are fascinated by the mysterious and eye-opening world of psychedelics, this could be the right place for you. Switzerland is a hub for psychedelic research, of which much is done in Zurich. We at PROZ  play our part as a student organization by making academic research of psychedelics accessible to students and the general public alike.

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Rick Doblin is speaking at the University of Zurich

Get a chance to ask Rick Doblin your question! The talk will be broadcasted over Zoom in a lecture hall at the University of Zürich with a live Q&A at the end. For more information see below.

Events Spring Semester 2024

Further events for this semester will be announced!

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Student Forum

Swiss Psychedelic Student Forum 2024

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May 4, 2024
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13:00-17:00
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University of Zurich, HAH-E-03, Häldeliweg 2
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PROZ is very happy to announce that the Swiss Psychedelic Student Forum will take place in Zurich this year! Join us on the 4th of May for a whole day of insightful talks by the future of Swiss Psychedelic Research, where six Students will present their work. The Student Forum is a great opportunity to meet interesting people who share your interest for psychedelics. For more information about the main organiser visit www.alps.foundation. Get your Tickets now:

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Public Talk

MDMA-Assisted Therapy for PTSD

Rick Doblin
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April 24, 2024
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18:30-19.45
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University of Zurich, HAH-E-03, Häldeliweg 2
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Frankly, Rick Doblin is a legend. He is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and has been at the forefront in advocating for the use of psychedelics in PTSD-therapy and research since the 1980s. As a renowned speaker he has talked at countless conventions all across the world and made media appearances on the Joe Rogan Podcast and more. In 2021 the esteemed journal “Science” named Rick’s results of the first Phase 3 study using MDMA to treat PTSD one of Science's Top 10 Breakthroughs of the Year. This year already, MDMA might receive FDA approval for clinical use all thanks to the work of his team, making it easier for other countries to follow. They have already begun training for healthcare providers, spread their knowledge across the globe and aim for net-zero trauma by 2070. Rick Doblin is not just a great scientist and philanthropic entrepreneur, but also an inspiring personality who embodies what he’s preaching. Rick will join us via zoom and the talk will be exclusively streamed in the lecture hall. After the presentation, you will also have the opportunity to ask Rick your questions!

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The Psychedelic Spectrum

PD Dr. Kurt Stocker
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April 16, 2024
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18:30-19:30
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University of Zurich, HAH-E-03, Häldeliweg 2
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Are you especially interested in the mystery of consciousness and curious to find out, how psychedelics might shed a light on this phenomenon? Then join us in listening to PD. Dr Stocker, who is a project leader for consciousness studies (ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) and a research associate in psychopharmacology (University Hospital Basel).

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Safer Use and Harm Reduction

by Eve & Rave
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April 9, 2024
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18:30
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University of Zurich, HAH-E-03, Häldeliweg 2
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As part of the PROZ-Talk, Eve & Rave will present the main mission of its organization and talk about specific psychedelic research chemicals discussed on their message board. Additionally they will teach you how to be with someone who’s having a challenging psychedelic experience. In the end there will be an opportunity to join the extended team to help out at parties and music festivals to gain experience in working with people under the influence of psychoactive substances.

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Psychedelics and Cluster Headaches

Cyril Petignat
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March 26, 2024
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18:30
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University of Zurich, HAH-E-03, Häldeliweg 2
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Exploring Psychedelic Use Among Swiss University Students & The Potential of Psychedelics as a Preventive Treatment for Cluster Headaches In the first part of the talk we will discuss the results of the UNIDELIC Survey, where we quantitatively assessed psychedelic usage among students at a Swiss university. Looking at the prevalence of psychedelic use but also the motivations driving students towards these experiences (i.e. introspection, coping, enhancement…). We will also explore the relationship between psychedelic use and transdiagnostic factors such as mindfulness and cognitive flexibility. The second part of the talk highlights the promising role of psychedelics as preventative treatment for cluster headache syndrome which are considered as one of the most painful conditions to exist. The talk will conclude with a compelling personal testimony from a patient who utilized classical psychedelics to self-treat his headache condition.

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The Effects of Psilocybin on Brain Entropy

Drummond McCulloch
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March 19, 2024
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18.30
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University of Zurich, HAH-E-03, Häldeliweg 2
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Navigating the chaos of psychedelic neuroimaging: A multi-metric evaluation of acute psilocybin effects on brain entropy. Investigations into the acute effects of psychedelics on brain imaging have emphasised increased 'brain entropy' as a potential neural correlate. To date, 12 previous studies have reported brain entropy effects, each reporting a single and unique metric, none of which have been examined in an independent cohort. In this talk Drummond McCulloch will walk us through what brain entropy is, how it can be measured and how these independent measures of brain entropy can (and should be) unified. Drummond is part of the Neurograd PhD at the University of Copenhagen. Drummond holds a first-class degree in Pharmacology with Neuroscience from the University of Glasgow. His goal is to develop and optimise psychedelic-based treatments to improve patient outcomes. This talk will be free with no prior registration needed. Drummond will be the first international speaker to join us on Zoom, presenting his research and answering our questions.

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Drug Information & Statistics in Switzerland

Drug Information Center Zurich
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March 12, 2024
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18.30
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HAH-E-03, Häldeliweg 2, Zurich
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For all of you interested in psychedelics from a more recreational perspective, our next talk come Tuesday (12.03) should be just your thing! The Drug Information Center Zurich (DIZ) will be talking all about psychedelics in Switzerland, drug statistics and analysis as well as harm reduction & safer use. They will focus more on the recreational usage of psychedelic substances and the real-world data right here in Zurich. The institution is funded by the city and does important work für safer use by providing free drug testing, annual recaps and walk-in advise. As for every talk: no registration is needed and everything is completely free and open to everyone!

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Psychedelics & Neuroplasticity: Not from drugs alone?

Abigal Carter , Ph.D. cand.
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March 5, 2024
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18.30
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HAH-E-03, Häldeliweg 2, Zurich
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Research in animals suggests that ketamine, LSD, and other psychedelics can enhance neuroplasticity. Largely because of these animal findings, neuroplasticity is often cited as an important reason for psychedelics’ effectiveness in therapy. This is a decent theory. But neuroplasticity is also more complicated than a simple drug effect, and it can be strongly influenced by our experiences, environment, and behavior. What does this mean for psychedelic research? Come join a discussion on what we think we know about psychedelics and neuroplasticity, why a caged rat and a (free-range) human might react differently to psychedelics, and how neuroplasticity is influenced by experiences – psychedelic or otherwise.

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About Proz

Who We Are

PROZ stands for Psychedelic Research Organization of Zurich. We are a student association dedicated to exploring the scientific framework surrounding psychedelics. Our interdisciplinary team includes students from fields like psychology, pharmacology, biology, physics, and computer sciences; all united by our academic interest in psychedelics. Our goal is to raise awareness of the potential benefits and risks associated with psychedelics, as well as their clinical and psychotherapeutic applications. We also strive for open science, making research accessible to everyone, and creating opportunities for dialogue and networking. We organize a variety of events, including talks, discussions, and informal events, where experts and members can share and discuss their knowledge.

Our Engagement

Founded in 2022, we are a young organisation. Nevertheless, we have an Instagram account where we post useful information about our activities and interesting information about psychedelics in general. Also, in fall 2023 we launched our first public talk series and could not have been happier with the amount of people showing up. As we become more experienced with organising events, we hope to offer a wide range of activities for students, professors, researchers and the general public interested in psychedelics. All our upcoming events will be registered on this website.

Our Network

ALPS Foundation

The ALPS Foundation is a Swiss non-profit organization dedicated to educating professionals and the general public on evidence-based psychedelic research and therapy. Supporting community building around these topics, and paving the way for therapeutic psychedelic treatments provided in a safe, legal, and accessible manner.

Other than collaborating in different Swiss psychedelic research projects as well as in the access facilitation to safe and legal psychedelic treatments for patients in need, the ALPS Foundation also organizes two highly successful academic events on psychedelic science in Switzerland. Check out the website to learn more about those Events.

Visit the ALPS Website
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Swiss Psychedelic Student Network

The Swiss Psychedelic Student Network brings together all university student associations dedicated to psychedelic sciences at a national level.

While their ambition is rooted locally, their perspective is international, providing students interested in psychedelics with an environment to grow and learn. Through various events, they aim to disseminate evidence-based knowledge about psychedelics, including medical applications, fundamental biological research, and social perspectives.

Sharing the same goals, the ALPS Foundation and the Swiss Psychedelic Student Network have created the ALPS Student Board, a team composed of one or two representatives from each student association. This board facilitates communication and collaboration between these entities, to coordinate educational programs and promote psychedelic science communication at a national scale.

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Members of the Swiss Psychedelic Student Network

Psychedelic Awareness & Research Association Basel
Association pour la Recherche sur les Psychédéliques de l'Université de Genève
Psychedelic Awareness & Research Association Basel
Psychedelic Research Organization Of Bern
Neuchâtel Association for Psychedelic Awareness
Psychedelic Association of Lausanne for Awareness

How You Can Support Us

Tell your friends

Psychedelics are all about strengthening existing connections and forming new ones. Tell your friends about our association and our projects, take them with you and make them bring their friends too! Our events are great opportunities to make even more friends and to find out about interesting frontiers in psychedelic science and possible master theses, PHD's, internships and jobs that are up for grabs.

Become a sponsor

As a non-profit Organization we do our very best to make every event as free as possible. To achieve this, we invite organizations to join us as sponsors. Your support allows us to offer these enlightening events without any cost barriers, reaching a broader audience and fostering a greater understanding of psychedelics. As a valued sponsor, your organization's name and logo will be prominently featured at each event, demonstrating your commitment to advancing knowledge and awareness.

Join our Organization

You like what we do and want to play a part in it? We are always excited to welcome new members in our organization! Just send us a DM on Instagram or an E-Mail and we'll schedule a meeting.

Become a Speaker

You are fascinated by the world of psychedelics and eager to share your insights with an equally enthusiastic crowd? Feel free to contact us and we will do our best to make your talk happen!

Get In Touch With Us

Join our Whatsapp Group

In our WhatsApp community chat you will be always up to date on the upcoming events and major developments of the academic field of psychedelic science. Join our:

Send us an Email

If you have an elaborate question or would like to collaborate with us, send us an Email:

DM us on Instagram

Another way to stay informed is following our Instagram account. Get updates on upcoming Events and useful information conveniently in your Instagram Feed.