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Who Are We?

The Foundation for the Study of Human Consciousness (ECOH) is a non-profit organization dedicated to generating, promoting, and disseminating scientific and practical knowledge about human consciousness. This is achieved through the exploration of non-ordinary states induced by psychedelics, meditation, and other practices for scientific, therapeutic and human development purposes.

We aim to contribute to human development and health promotion through scientific inquiry into the exploration of consciousness and its non-ordinary states in a safe, effective, and accessible manner.
Emerging international evidence suggests that psychedelics, meditation, and other practices associated with non-ordinary states can significantly reduce the suffering caused by depression and other mental health conditions.

Given this scenario, it is crucial to establish research foundations in Chile and Latin America to validate knowledge regarding the safety and efficacy of non-ordinary states.

As part of our work, we seek to build reciprocal bridges between scientific knowledge and the indigenous and mestizo cultures of our continent, cultures knowledgeable about non-ordinary states.

The goal of the ECOH Foundation is to advance the study of human consciousness to enhance human wellbeing. Therefore, our starting point and ultimate aim concerns human experience.

Board of directors

Dr. Christopher Timmermann

Dr. Christopher Timmermann

President and cofounder

BSc in Psychology (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), MSc in Neuroscience (Università di Bologna, Italy) and PhD in Neuropsychopharmacology (Imperial College London, UK).

Dr. Constanza Baquedano

Dr. Constanza Baquedano

Vicepresident – Secretary and cofounder

BSc in Biochemistry (Universidad Santiago de Chile), MSc in Neuroscience (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), and PhD in Neuroscience (Université Claude Bernard Lyon, France – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).

MSc. Cristóbal Dañobeitia

MSc. Cristóbal Dañobeitia

Treasurer and cofounder

BSc in Sociology (Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile), MSc in Cognitive Sciences (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Mexico), and certified in Data Analytics (Universidad de Chile/MIT).

Sebastián Meza

Sebastián Meza

Chief operating officer

Industrial Civil Engineer(Universidad de Chile).

Team

Catalina Apey

Catalina Apey

Legal Advisor

Lawyer (Universidad de Chile), LL.M in Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law (Entertainment track) (University of Miami).

Antonia Morales

Antonia Morales

Project Coordinator

Political Scientist (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Diplomas in Advanced Data Analysis Techniques and Design and Implementation of Social Surveys (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), MPA in Public Policy and Management (University of York, [in progress]).

Luz Edwards

Luz Edwards

Communications

Journalist (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Diploma in Aesthetics and Philosophy (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Master ‘s in Bioethics (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, [pending graduation]).

Members

We are an interdisciplinary network of mental health experts and researchers

Clinical Team

Dr. Pilar del Río

Dr. Pilar del Río

Surgeon (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) specialised in Psychiatry (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).

Dr. Aurelio Riquelme

Dr. Aurelio Riquelme

MD (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), specialised in Adult Psychiatry (Universidad de Santiago, Chile), certified in Evidence-Based Medicine (Universidad de Chile) and Mindful-Eating (Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile). Currently completing a degree in Musical Therapy (Universidad de Chile).

Ps. Santiago Valdivieso

Ps. Santiago Valdivieso

BSc in Transpersonal Psychologist (Universidad del Pacífico). Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator certified (Grof Transpersonal Training, USA). Ontological Bodywork Coach (Escuela Fractal, Chile). Integral Coach (Ken Wilber’s Integral School; Integral Coaching Canada). 

Dr. Francisco Carrera

Dr. Francisco Carrera

MD (Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina, Cuba), MSc in Public Health (Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile), Certified in: Epidemiology and Health Research; Pillars of Public Health: Methods and Determinants of Health; Health Policy Management (Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile). Specialized in Adult Psychiatry (Universidad de Santiago).

Dr. Emilio Bravo Mendoza

Dr. Emilio Bravo Mendoza

MD (Universidad de Santiago de Chile). Currently in training in Adult Psychiatry (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile). He is also trained in Compassion Focused Therapy.

Teresa Moya

Teresa Moya

Clinical and Educational Psychologist (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).

Dr. Felipe Landaeta

Dr. Felipe Landaeta

BSc in Psychology (Adolfo Ibáñez University), Master in organizational Psychology (Adolfo Ibáñez University) and PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (California Institute of Integral Studies, USA). Certified Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator (Grof Transpersonal Training, USA), and Focusing Trainer (Focusing Institute of New York).

Scientific Team

Dr. Rodrigo Cofré

Dr. Rodrigo Cofré

BSc in Mathematical Engineer and BPhil in Aesthetics (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), MSc in Computational Biology and Biomedicine (Université de Nice, France) and PhD in Mathematical Neuroscience (Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Francia). 

Dr. Fernando Rosas

Dr. Fernando Rosas

BA in Music Composition, minor degree in philosophy, BSc degree in mathematics, and MSc and PhD degrees in engineering sciences (all Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile).

Dr. Catherine Andreu

Dr. Catherine Andreu

BSc in Molecular Biotechnology (University of Chile), MSc in Neurosciences (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) and PhD in Neurosciences (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile). 

Dr. Josefina Cruzat

Dr. Josefina Cruzat

BSc in Audiology and Speech and Language Therapy (Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile), Master in Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurology (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, ​​Spain), Master in Cognitive Sciences (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain) and PhD in Computational Neuroscience (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain).

Dr. Rubén Herzog

Dr. Rubén Herzog

BSc in Biology (Universidad de Chile), MSc in Biological Sciences (Universidad de Chile), PhD in Biophysics and Computational Biology (Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile).

Dr. Ignacio Cea

Dr. Ignacio Cea

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (INACAP). Master’s in Philosophy (Universidad Alberto Hurtado). Doctorate in Philosophy of Mind (Universidad Alberto Hurtado).

ECOH Foundation’s History

2019

The Foundation for the Study of Human Consciousness was established when Christopher Timmermann pursued his PhD at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, researching the effects of psychedelics on the brain and their applications in mental health.

Constituted by experts pertaining research and clinical applications of psychedelics, meditation, and other non-ordinary states of consciousness (NSC), the Foundation set the general objective of institutionalising research associated with NSC through academic and educational activities.

2020

In the following years, the Foundation organised interdisciplinary meetings at the San Francisco Lagunillas Nature Sanctuary, laying the intellectual and strategic foundations of the organization.

2021-2022

The Foundation launches several seminars and symposiums were conducted in collaboration with Universidad Católica, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, and Universidad de Chile. These seminars are given by world-leading experts such as Roland Griffiths, Robin Carhart-Harris, and Katrin Preller.

2023

The Foundation launches its first courses focused on the research of psychedelic substances. These courses were conducted in collaboration with Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Universidad de Chile, and Academia de Psicología y Bienestar.

The foundation concludes its gestation period. Constanza Baquedano and Cristóbal Dañobeitia joined as co-founders of the foundation alongside Christopher Timmermann, and Sebastián Meza joined the board as Director of Operations.

Currently, the foundation is preparing for the first clinical psychedelic research in Chile, involving the administration of psilocybin for the treatment of depression.