Mendel Kaelen

Founder and CEO at Wavepaths, United Kingdom


Mendel Kaelen is the founder and CEO of Wavepaths, a startup providing music both for and as psychedelic therapy. Prior to this, he worked as a PhD and postdoctoral neuroscientist at Imperial College London since 2012, where his research was the first to demonstrate music’s central role in psychedelic therapies. He is a thought leader on the therapeutic use of music and publishes and speaks frequently on this topic. He has been featured in Nature News, the San Francisco Chronicle, Vice Motherboard, Rolling Stone and TEDx. Mendel lives and works on planet Earth, and in his spare time likes to get into nature, and out of his mind with his musical instruments.


The essential role of music in Psychedelic Therapy: 10 years of research.

This talk will elucidate the central role of music in psychedelic therapy, as the facilitator of implicit learning experiences by providing non-verbal direction. It posits through research data, patient experiences, and musical examples, that psychedelic therapy is a directed approach. Person-centred music is essential to practising psychedelic therapy not only effectively, but ethically and safely.

Other Speakers at ICPR 2022

Founder and Executive Director at MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, United States

Associate Professor at Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Founder of Fungi Perfecti and CEO of MycoMedica Life Sciences PBC, United States

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About ICPR

The Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research (ICPR) is Europe’s leading academic conference dedicated to advancing psychedelic research and therapies organised by the OPEN Foundation since 2010. ICPR is a biennial conference focused on high-quality scientific and scholarly research into psychedelics. ICPR 2022 is our fifth event. After our hugely successful online conference in 2020, we are returning to the prestigious Philharmonie Theatre for an in-person event! ICPR will take place in Haarlem (next to Amsterdam) from September 22nd to 24th, 2022.