International Online Symposium September 16, 2020
8:00am – 12:30pm (US Pacific Time)
11:00am – 3:30pm (US Eastern Time)
5:00pm – 9:30pm (Central European Time)
(Click on an image to read each person’s bio)
Tibor Harkany, PhD
Presentation Title: “Physiological rules of endocannabinoid action during fetal and neonatal brain development”
Tibor Harkany is a Professor at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm (Sweden) and chair of the Department of Molecular Neurosciences at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. His interests include the study of the developmental biology of endocannabinoids and their modifications by maternal cannabis exposure during pregnancy.
Daniela Parolaro, PhD
Presentation Title: “Adolescent brain sensitivity to cannabis adverse effect” (pt.1)
Daniela Parolaro reached the rank of Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Insubria (Italy) and is now Scientific Director of the Zardi Gori Foundation for Addiction Research in Milan. Her research focuses on vulnerability of adolescent brain to cannabis and on the potential therapeutic effects of phytocannabinoids in autism spectrum disorders.
Tiziana Rubino, PhD
Presentation Title: “Adolescent brain sensitivity to cannabis adverse effect” (pt.2)
Tiziana Rubino is Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Insubria (Italy) and a member of its Neuroscience Center. Her research work is centered on the long-term consequences of adolescent exposure to THC and of the roles the endocannabinoid system in the neurobiology of anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.
Andreas Zimmer, PhD
Presentation Title: “Cannabis: Bad for the young and good for the old?”
Andreas Zimmer, a developmental biologist by training, has pioneered the use of gene knockout mice to investigate the role of neuromodulators in the regulation of animal behaviors. He is the Director of the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn, where he also serves as the Vice-Chancellor (Vice-Rector) for Research and Innovation.
Round Table – “The Challenge of Cannabis Use in Adolescence”
Susan Weiss, PhD
Susan Weiss is the Director of the Division of Extramural Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which oversees NIDAs extramural programs, operations planning, and trans-NIH initiatives, such as the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. Dr. Weiss also serves as a senior science advisor to the NIDA Director
Daniele Piomelli, PhD
Daniele Piomelli is Distinguished Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Louise Turner Arnold Chair in Neurosciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is the director of ICAL, co-director of UCI’s Center for the Study of Cannabis and Editor-in-Chief of Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of cannabis, its derivatives, and their endogenous counterparts in the human body.
Matt Hill, PhD
Matthew Hill is a Professor at the University of Calgary and Executive Director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids. His research is focused on the role of the endocannabinoids system as a buffer against the effects of stress.
Ziva Cooper, PhD
Ziva Cooper is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Research Director of its Cannabis Research Initiative. Her research involves understanding variables that influence both the therapeutic potential and adverse effects of cannabis and cannabinoids through double-blind, placebo-controlled studies.
Sachin Paatel, MD PhD
Sachin Patel’s is Professor at Vanderbilt University, where he investigates the role of bioactive lipids including endocannabinoids in the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders such as major depression and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Christine Gall, PhD
Christine Gall is Professor and Chair in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research is focused on mechanisms of functional plasticity in the adult central nervous system and, in particular, the roles of endogenous neurotrophic factors and integrin adhesion proteins in synaptic plasticity.
Short Presentations from ICAL Members
Christie Fowler, PhD
Christie Fowler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on elucidating the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the effects of THC and nicotine on the brain, which may lead to innovative approaches to treat drug addiction.
Gary Lynch, PhD
Gary Lynch is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. One of the most cited authors in neuroscience, he holds 25 patents and co-founded two publicly traded companies.
Alexa Torrens is a predoctoral trainee at the University of California, Irvine. Her studies on the comparative pharmacokinetics of THC in adolescent and adult mice earned her the title of Highlighted Trainee Author in the July 2020 issue of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
Lin Lin, PhD
Lin Lin is a postdoctoral trainee at the University of California, Irvine, where her research focuses on the effects of adolescent THC exposure on energy metabolism.
Stephen Mahler, PhD
Stephen Mahler is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine. He examines the neural circuits underlying motivated behavior and addiction. Projects in his lab explore the neurodevelopmental consequences of adolescent THC exposure or of early-life adversity on the brain and behavior, and the subcortical circuits underlying relapse-like pursuit of opioid, cannabinoid, and psychostimulant drugs.
Marcelo Wood, PhD
Marcelo Wood is Professor and Chair in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He is co-director of the UCI Center for the Study of Cannabis. His research is focused on understanding the epigenetic mechanisms that regulate gene expression required for long-lasting changes in behavior as related to drug-seeking and drug-associated memory processes.