New Frontiers in Palliative Care


Exciting new research is revealing that psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin and MDMA, may offer significant benefit for patients struggling at the end of life and those beset by major depressions and treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress. 

This conference brings together doctors, scientific researchers, attorneys and ethicists to consider the medical, legal and ethical implications of this evolving research.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dan Abrahamson, Former Senior Legal Advisor, Drug Policy Alliance's Office of Legal Affairs, Oakland, CA
  • Margaret Pabst Battin, Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Ethics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Ira Byock, Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Providence Institute for Human Caring, Torrance, CA
  • Rick Doblin, Founder and Executive Director of Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, Boston, MA
  • Nicholas Gideonse, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR
  • Representative Roger Goodman, Washington State Legislature, Kirkland, WA
  • Sam Kamin, marijuana law reform expert and Slate series author of “Altered States: Inside Colorado’s Marijuana Economy,” Professor of Law, University of Denver, Denver, CO
  • Patricia Kuszler, Charles I. Stone Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA
  • Don Lattin, award-winning author and journalist, author of Changing our Minds—Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy, adjunct faculty, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley, CA
  • Lynn Mehler, partner, Hogan Lovells, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology practice, Washington, DC
  • Ethan Nadelmann, former Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Leanna Standish, School of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University, Seattle, WA
  • Tom Strouse, Medical Director, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kathryn Tucker, Executive Director, End of Life Liberty Project
  • Kenneth Tupper, Director of Implementation & Partnerships, British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Ingrid Walker, Associate Professor of American Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
  • Hope Wechkin, Medical Director, EvergreenHealth Hospice and Palliative Care programs, Kirkland, WA
  • Phil Wolfson, Center for Transformational Psychotherapy, San Anselmo, CA

October 27, 2017
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
William H. Gates Hall