Franz X. Vollenweider is Co-Director of the Center for Psychiatric Research, Director of the Neuropsychopharmacology and Brain Imaging Unit, and Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine, University of Zurich. He is also the Director of the Heffter Research Center Zurich for Consciousness Studies (HRC-ZH), which he founded in 1998 and incorporated in his research group.

His research interest is focused on the neuronal basis of affective and psychotic disorders as well as the foundations of psychedelic and non-psychedelic-induced altered mental states using concepts from cognitive neuroscience and systems biology (PET, fMRT/EE, MRS, ERP; TMS-EEG). His current research investigates the acute and sustaining effects of psilocybin and LSD on the sense of self, emotion regulation, and social interaction in healthy subjects, depression and substance use disorders.

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