Ede Frecska

Dr. Ede Frecska is the Chairman of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of
Debrecen. He received his medical degree in 1977 from the Semmelweis University in
Hungary. He then earned qualifications as certified psychologist from the Department of
Psychology at Lorand Eotvos University in Budapest. Dr. Frecska completed his residency
training in Psychiatry both in Hungary (1986), and in the United States (1992). He is a
qualified psychopharmacologist (1987) of international merit with 17 years of clinical and
research experience in the United States, where he reached the rank of Associate
Professorship. During his academic years, Dr. Frecska's studies were devoted to research on
schizophrenia and affective illness. In his recent research he is engaged in studies on
psychointegrator drugs, especially on the physiological effects of DMT in acute and chronic
cellular stress like hypoxia. His theoretical work focuses on the interface between cognitive
neuroscience and quantum brain dynamics. He is specifically interested in the mechanism of
initiation ceremonies and healing rituals. He published more than 100 scientific papers and
book chapters on these topics. Dr. Frecska is a member of several professional organizations
(APA, ECNP, CINP), and has received grants and awards from a variety of sources (NARSAD,
NIAA).
Ede Frecska is a co-author with Rick Strassman, Slawek Wojtowicz and Luis Eduardo Luna of
Inner Paths to Outer Space and has chapters in Ervin Laszlo’s books (The New Science and
Spirituality Reader and A New Map of Reality). A recent study lead by him, published in the
Journal of Psychopharmacology, proves that ayahuasca increases creativity and another one
in Frontiers in Neuroscience that DMT has neuroprotective effect in hypoxia.