THE HEROIC HEARTS PROJECT
Our Advisory Board
PROFESSOR JOANNA NEILL
Jo is Professor of Psychopharmacology and Past President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology. Jo has been working in preclinical drug discovery for psychiatric medicine for over 30 years with some experience in the pharmaceutical Industry but mostly in academia. Jo is conducting animal studies into the efficacy of psilocybin for cognitive disorders and qualitative research into its effects in certain patient populations.
DR SIMON RUFFELL
Psychiatric & Psychological Advisor
Simon earned a degree in medicine from the University of Sheffield before specializing in psychiatry. He has a special interest in researching the effects of psychedelics, namely ayahuasca, on PTSD, and has spent the last three years conducting research into the use of ayahuasca in an adapted traditional setting for Westerners in the Peruvian Amazon. Simon is currently based at The Maudsley Hospital in South London, as well as working as a Senior Research Associate at King’s College London looking at the use of psilocybin in treatment-resistant depression.
ROBERT W.E. LAURIE
Robert W.E. Laurie is an international lawyer, qualified in England and called to the British Columbia Bar. Robert founded AD LUCEM LAW CORPORATION in Vancouver in 2013 and his legal practice focuses on commercial business and regulatory issues surrounding cannabis and psychedelic plant medicines.
Robert serves as a Board Advisor to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Canada and Steve DeAngelo’s Last Prisoner Project. Robert is one of the Founding Partners with Dr. Dennis McKenna of the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy and is a Director of Jay DeMerit and Ashleigh McIvor’s Rise and Shine Foundation. Further, Robert is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Liberty Leaf Holdings Ltd. (CSE: LIB, OTCQB: LIBFF and FSE: HN3P).
He holds an M.A. (Hons) Juris from the University of Oxford (St. Edmund Hall) and B.A. (Hons) in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia.