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Dr. Rick Strassman

Rick Strassman obtained his undergraduatedegree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, and his medical degreefrom Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He trained ingeneral psychiatry at UC Davis in Sacramento and took a clinicalpsychopharmacology research fellowship at UC San Diego.  Joining the faculty at the University of New Mexicoin 1984, he first studied pineal melatonin function in humans. Between1990-1995 he performed the first new US clinical research with psychedelicdrugs in a generation, focusing primarily on DMT, as well as psilocybin,receiving federal and private funding. He has authored or co-authored approximately40 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and served as a consultant to variousgovernment, non-profit, and for-profit entities. His book DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2001) has sold 150,000 copies, beentranslated into 12 languages, and is the basis of a successful independentdocumentary that he co-produced. He is co-author of Inner Paths to Outer Space (2007), and author of DMT and the Soul of Prophecy. He iscurrently clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the UNM school ofmedicine and lives in Gallup, New Mexico.