The Purdue Exponent, the daily student newspaper of Purdue University, has a feature article on the work of David Nichols, the co-founder and President of the Heffter Research Institute. Staff writer Danielle Wilkinson covers Dr. Nichols’ research on the psychedelic chemicals MDMA (“Ecstasy”) and LSD.
“’We made LSD analogues and derivatives in an attempt to understand why LSD was so potent, and also how it might interact with brain receptors,’ said Nichols. ‘Then as my research evolved, we became more interested in how the various features of the drug molecules engaged different parts of the receptor.’
“He was able to obtain grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study structural variations of the MDMA molecule by insisting that people who had interactions with the drug couldn’t be treated until they knew how the drugs affected the body.”