Raphael Mechoulam is Director of Global Research and serves as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Mechoulam received his Masters Degree in Biochemistry from the Hebrew University in 1952 and his Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute in 1958 where he studied under Professor F. Sondheimer. He completed his postdoctoral research at the Rockefeller Institute.
Tony Coelho is a former six-term United States congressman from California and was elected House Majority Whip. Mr.Coelho was the primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He is the former chairman and a current board member of the Epilepsy Foundation.
Ethan Russo, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and former Senior Medical Advisor to GW Pharmaceuticals. He served as study physician to GW Pharmaceuticals for three Phase III clinical trials of Sativex.
Gary Hiller is a seasoned business executive whose professional career path has taken him from legislative analyst on Capitol Hill, to corporate transactional attorney, to in-house counsel, to executive management with a focus on business and corporate development for early stage companies.
Dr. Tamás Bíró is Professor and Chair of the Department of Immunology at the University of Debrecen in Hungary. Dr. Bíró is also Head of the DE-MTA Lendület Cellular Physiology Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences located at the Department of Physiology at University of Debrecen. Both institutions are members of the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the University, which was awarded by the “Center of Excellence” title by the European Union.
Prof. Mauro Maccarrone is Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. He also serves as Director of the Laboratory of Lipid Neurochemistry of the European Center for Brain Research-Santa Lucia Foundation in Rome. Prof. Maccarrone has authored over 400 papers.
Cecilia Hillard is currently Professor of Pharmacology and Director of the Neuroscience Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her laboratory has long-standing interests in the pharmacology of the cannabinoids and biochemistry of endocannabinoid signaling with a focus on their roles in stress buffering and stress-related disorders.
Since 2014, Dr. Jürg Gertsch has been the Co-director of the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Bern, Switzerland, where he serves as full professor of Membrane Biochemistry. Dr. Gertsch has done fieldwork among the Yanomami Amerindians in Venezuela and carried out research expeditions in Mexico, Bolivia and Sarawak.
Heather Bradshaw, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Indiana University, where she directs the Bradshaw Lab of Lipid Neuroscience. Dr. Bradshaw has also collaborated with the Kinsey Institute on the research she directs into endogenous cannabinoid lipid signaling and its relation to female reproductive function.
Katarzyna Starowicz, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pain Pharmacology at Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences, where she directs the Pain Lab. Dr. Starowicz has a longstanding interest in the area of pain and analgesia.