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Charles L. Raison

Director of Clinical and Translational Research, Usona Institute

Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. Dr. Raison also serves as Director of Clinical and Translational Research for Usona Institute and as Director of Research on Spiritual Health for Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA. In addition, Dr. Raison has served as mental health expert for for many years. Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions, as well as for his work examining the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training. More recently, Dr. Raison has taken a leadership role in the development of psychedelic medicines as potential treatments for major depression. The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Raison received the Raymond Pearl Memorial Award from the Human Biology Association “in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of evolutionary biocultural origins of mental health and illness.” With Vladimir Maletic he is author of “The New Mind-Body Science of Depression” published by W.W. Norton in 2017. Dr. Raison serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Conference Presentations


A new approach to treating depression; a non-profit’s role in advancing the science and regulatory path to approval for psilocybin

In this presentation, Dr. Charles Raison will discuss the unmet medical need in depression treatment, the results of promising academic studies to date, and Usona’s unique role in sponsoring FDA-regulated clinical trials as a nonprofit medical research entity following an Open Science approach to research and drug development.

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Selected Publications

Raison, C.L. Everything old is new again: are psychedelic medicines poised to take mental health by storm? Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 2018; 138: 365-67

Janssen, C.W. Lowry, C.A., Mehl, M.R., Allen, J.J.B., Kelly, K.L., Gartner, D.E., Medrano, A., Begay, T.K., Rentscher, K., White, J.J., Fridman, A., Roberts, L.J., Robbins, M.L., Hanusch, K. Cole, S.P., Raison, C.L. Whole body hyperthermia for the treatment of major depressive disorder: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Psychiatry 2016; 73: 780-95

Raison, C.L., Hale, M.W., Williams, L.E., Wager, T.D., Lowry, C.A. Somatic influences on subjective well-being and affective disorders: the convergence of thermosensory and central serotonergic systems. Frontiers in Psychology, Section Cognition 2015; Jan 13; 5: 1580

Miller, A.H. & Raison, C.L. The role of inflammation in depression: from evolutionary imperative to modern treatment target. Nat Rev Immunol 2016; 16: 22-34.

Raison, C.L., Lowry, C.A., Rook, G.A.W. Inflammation, Sanitation and Consternation: Loss of Contact with Co-Evolved, Tolerogenic Micro-Organisms and the Pathophysiology and Treatment of Major Depression, Archives of General Psychiatry 2010 67(12):1211-24.

Conference tickets

With your ticket you will have access to the whole conference - with keynotes, panels, round tables, posters and daylight social events. We will ask for a small extra fee for the Friday evening social program. The pre-conference workshops have to be booked separately and each workshop needs an individual ticket. By clicking on "Book now" below you also have the option to buy your workshop tickets.

*Reduced fees apply to students, cooperation partners as well as unemployed and retired individuals who have a monthly net income below 840,- €. Proof of status will be required.

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