“The Forum ended up being a monumental event in my life. By meeting more people and gaining information, I now have a much better grasp on what I want to study in my life and how I would like to apply myself in society to change it for the better. ”
- 2019 feedback from an undergraduate student
Coordinated by Promega Corporation and the BTC Institute, the International Forum on Consciousness offers a lively two days of information-sharing and discussion regarding important – and often challenging – topics. Launched in 2010, the Forum has focused on exploring dimensions of consciousness.
This has involved looking into various realms, pushing the envelope at times, while remaining centered on engaging our audience and our speakers. We have been guided through a range of topics, including creativity, near death, entheogens, intelligence in nature, business evolution, the effects of sensory inputs and ways of detecting and measuring consciousness.
This year’s Forum continued the journey, as discussed by presenters and attendees: The latest research in psychedelic therapy suggests the potential for a transformation in how we approach treatment of depression, anxiety and certain forms of mental anguish. Early results show that a single dose in combination with preparation and follow-up could have an impact long after the substance has left the body. As research is taken into broader clinical trials, questions remain around what exactly happens that facilitates such a transformation. And, if it’s really this impactful, how will a treatment of this nature scale to meet the dramatic need in our world?
Heidi L. Allen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Columbia University, New York, NY
Robin L. Carhart-Harris, Ph.D., Head of Psychedelic Research, Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology, Division of Brain Sciences, Faulty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
Tania de Jong, AM, Singer, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur; Founder Mind Medicine Australia, Creative Universe, Creative Innovation Global and Creativity Australia, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Adam Halberstadt, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Jack Henningfield, Ph.D., Vice President, Research, Health Policy and Abuse Liability, Pinney Associates, Bethesda, MD & Professor, Adjunct, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
John D. McCorvy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Bill Miller, Mohican Tribe from northern Wisconsin, award winning Native American recording artist, performer, songwriter, painter, flutist, and speaker and three time Grammy Award Winner
Stevens Rehen, Ph.D., Chief of Scientific Programs and Outreach, D’Or Research and Education Institute (IDOR); Full Professor, Biomedical Sciences Institute, Universidad e Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Louie Schwartzberg, Cinematographer, Director and Producer, BlackLight Films and Moving Art™, Los Angeles, CA
Art Shegonee, Menominee and Potawatomi Tribes of Wisconsin, Ambassador to Wisconsin’s Indian Summer and Co-founder of Call For Peace Drum & Dance Company
Will Siu, M.D., DPhil, Psychiatrist, New York, NY
Craig A. Vercruysse, MBA, Partner, Moss Adams, San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Bennet A. Zelner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business. University of Maryland, College Park, MD
William Linton, President & CEO, Promega Corporation; President, BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute; Co-Founder & Executive Director, Usona Institute, Madison, WI (Welcome & Closing Remarks)
Penny Patterson, Vice President, Communications, Promega Corporation, Madison, WI (Presentations Moderator)
Steve Paulson, Executive Producer, To The Best Of Our Knowledge, Wisconsin Public Radio and PRX, Madison WI (Panel Moderator)
musicians & immersion artists
Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Band
Tom Ross and Josh Pultorak
“The Forum was a tremendous experience. It was inspiring, educational, and practical. I feel more informed about the state of psychedelics as a medicine (and beyond) … and perhaps most importantly, I left feeling newly invigorated about the potential we collectively have to have transformational impact in this space. It was an enormous "shot in the arm" on a number of different levels. ”
- 2019 feedback from a self-described "entrepreneur and aspiring therapist"