How Do You Strip a Psychedelic of Its Hallucinogenic Properties? Chemical Evolution

While people have touted the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics for decades, it’s only been within the last five years that UC Davis researchers discovered that compounds like LSD, DMT and psilocybin promote neuroplasticity, spurring the growth and strengthening of neurons and their connections in the brain’s prefrontal cortex. But how do you strip a psychedelic of its hallucinogenic properties? David Olson, founding director of the UC Davis Institute for Psychedelics and Neurotherapeutics, walks us through this process.

Four Faculty Receive Incentives for Large Grant Awards

A mathematician, a linguist, a chemist and a physicist are among this year’s cohort to receive Incentives for Large Grant Awards from the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis. The Incentives for Large Grant Awards program provides faculty with up to $80,000 in support over two years to pursue large grants over $1 million. “Large proposals require a significant investment of time and resources,” according to the Strategic Initiatives team behind the Incentives for Large Grant Awards program. “Often, our faculty are unable to pursue large grants because there is simply insufficient time to devote to proposal development and submission.” The Incentives for Large Grant Awards program aims to ease that difficulty.

VIDEO: Watch the Ko Lecture 'A Radical Approach to Antibiotic Resistance'

If you missed the most recent Winston Ko Professorship in Science Leadership Lecture, you still have the opportunity to check out the presentation. On May 15, Squire J. Booker, an esteemed biochemist from Pennsylvania State University, presented a lecture titled “A Radical Approach to Antibiotic Resistance.” Check out the lecture!

New Technology to Improve Dietary Protein Aims to Meet Global Demands and Advance Health Outcomes

Led by researchers from UC Davis, Digestiva is developing a cutting-edge solution of specialized enzymes to enhance the nutritional efficacy of dietary proteins. Their goal is to make proteins more easily digestible, which may allow people to access the full health benefits of proteins without compromising their cultural and personal connections to food.

The Dark Matter of Food: Uncovering the Structures of Carbohydrates

We’ve all heard the advice, “Eat more fiber.” But the reality behind that seemingly simple recommendation is much more complex when it comes to human health. As part of a $3.7 million National Institutes of Health-funded project, UC Davis scientists are building a library of biomarkers associated with specific fiber food sources as they pass through the gut. The goal is to build a comprehensive understanding of the structural diversity of fibers and how those structures influence digestive health.

David Olson Receives Rising Star Award in Neurobiology of Psychedelics

The Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences at the University of Pennsylvania recently gave David Olson, founding director of the UC Davis institute, its Rising Star Award in Neurobiology of Psychedelics. The award, according to Penn, honors a researcher “at the forefront of unraveling the mechanisms underlying the actions of psychedelics in the brain or translating these discoveries into interventions that preserve, restore and enhance brain function.”

Two UC Davis Chemistry Graduate Students Selected to Conduct Research at DOE National Labs

Two UC Davis chemistry graduate researchers have been selected to spend several months to a year conducting research at U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories. Anna Csencsits Kundmann and Anna Wannenmacher are among the 87 awardees from 58 universities selected to participate in the Office of Science Graduate Research (SCGSR) program. According to the DOE, graduate researchers selected to participate in the program are working on research projects “that addresses critical energy, environmental and nuclear challenges at national and international scales.”