Matthew J. Neal has been with Amgen, Inc. since 2003 where he is a Director of Operations in Global Regulatory Affairs & Safety with a focus on Human Therapeutics to dramatically improve people’s lives. Prior to that, he lived in Philadelphia where he was one of the pioneering members of the Regulatory Submissions Department for GlaxoSmithKline. Matthew has been publishing and submitting electronic dossiers to the FDA since 1996, and submitted the very first fully electronic NDA for GSK in 1999. Matthew holds a Master’s Degree in Communication from Temple University. He and his wife Beth spend most of their time entertaining their 9 year-old daughter, Claudia, their 5 year-old son, Tobias and their dog, Laverne. Matthew also performs stand-up comedy all over Los Angeles (mattnealcomedy.com), writing and producing various projects, traveling, surfing, running, playing golf, and playing the drums in the improv jazz duo Mr. Driscoll and other studio projects (http://marinernine.bandcamp.com). He is also a member of the Founders Circle for the non-profit music incubator weathervanemusic.org.
TITLE: Synchronicity, Synergy, & Psychedelic Therapy
with Matthew J. Neal from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
Description: Matthew’s presentation will focus on the circumstances surrounding his involvement with MAPS.org and give a comprehensive overview of MAPS – history, philosophy, outreach, fundraising, Education, Clinical Results, Ongoing Research & Opportunities (Zendo Project, MAPS Podcast, Psychedelic Therapists) and close with a description of the recently formed MAPS Public Benefit Corporation.
Lindsay Kent is a producer, director and editor based in Los Angeles. She joined filmmakers Colby Rex O’Neill and Matt Pidutti on the 50th Anniversary tour of the Furthur bus in 2014. The small crew shot over 400 hours of footage, digging deep into the roots of the counter-culture movement and uncovering how the mission of those first few idealists influenced a new generation. The film, Going Furthur, is currently wrapping post production. Lindsay is currently in pre-production on another documentary called Love on Haight Street, about the Summer of Love and the Haight/Ashbury district in 1967, and the ensuring evolution of the Haight district through today.
TITLE: Going Furthur: Ken Kesey and the Evolution of Counterculture
Description: In 1964 Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters set out in a hand-painted school bus named Furthur, destined for a different kind of trip. In this talk, Going Furthur director Lindsay Kent discusses bridging the gap between the psychedelic pioneers of the 60s and the counter-culture ethos of today. Are we carrying a torch, or burning a whole new flame?
Rachel Kann will share her beautiful spoken word poetry with us once again. Rachel is a TEDx poet who has shared her words on international stages and locally at venues such as Royce Hall, and been featured on shows like KPFK’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, and Welcome to Night Vale. rachelkann.com
Naira Hart is a full time artist and long time house/electronic music enthusiast who currently resides in the artist community of Venice Beach. The combination of her dance background and spending the past decade deeply involved within the music festival community has given her the opportunity to naturally step into being a DJ, with her debut set being at none other than on top of Camp Charlie’s Unicorn Art car at Burning Man in 2014. Since then, she has quickly become busy playing weekly at westside venues, being known as an instigator of some of the west side’s greatest parties, and LA’s Burner community’s private events. She’s naturally got a good ear for soulful house and deep house music, with her unique music selection said to emotive, sensual, and gets the dance floor moving. https://soundcloud.com/nairahart