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WCSU to host annual Western Research Day

image from 2023 WRD
image from 2023 WRD
Image from a previous WRD event.

DANBURY, Connecticut —  Western Research Day, an annual event where Western Connecticut State University undergraduate and graduate students officially present their research and other creative projects, will be held on Friday, May 3, 2024, and the public is invited to attend to learn from this scholarship and hear keynote speaker Dr. Albert Garcia-Romeu.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Science Building on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Awards will be presented to students receiving the highest score for their work and presentations. The day’s schedule will feature Opening Remarks and Keynote Address at 10 a.m., Poster Session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Light Refreshments from 12:30 to 1 p.m., and Closing Remarks and Provost Awards from 1 to 1:30 p.m. The public is invited.

According to his online biography, Garcia-Romeu is a member of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a guest researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Neuroimaging Research Branch, where he studies the effects of psychedelic drugs in humans, with a focus on psilocybin as an aid in the treatment of addiction. He received his doctorate in 2012 from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, where he researched self-transcendence and meditation, and their role in mental health. His current research interests include clinical applications of psychedelics, mindfulness, and altered states of consciousness, and their underlying neurobiological and psychological mechanisms. He is a founding member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research and the International Society for Research on Psychedelics. He serves on the Board of Directors for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) and is an Associate Editor for the journal Psychedelic Medicine.

A podcast with Garcia-Romeu that features a preview of his WRD Keynote talk can be found at: SoundCloud – https://on.soundcloud.com/kxwekxpQJ7v26gds9; Apple – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wcsupodcasts/id1089302169?i=1000653934864; Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/episode/21xKTbhKjOIJHCtMpw9lVX?si=44015d02a2114789.

For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/wrd/ or contact WCSU Communications and Marketing at pr@wcsu.edu.


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