Scientific Advisors

Saoirse Elizabeth O’Sullivan, PhD

Dr. Saoirse Elizabeth O’Sullivan received her doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and moved to the University of Nottingham in 2002 as a Research fellow where she began researching cannabinoid pharmacology.  She was made Lecturer in 2007 and Associate Professor in 2011.  She has over 26 original research articles, 6 reviews and 3 books chapters on the topic of cannabinoid pharmacology, with specific interests on the cardiovascular and gastrointestinal effects of cannabinoids and therapeutic potential of cannabis-based medicines.  Her research methodologies span from cellular and animal models to human healthy volunteer studies and early phase clinical trials.  In 2016 she was named the International Cannabinoid Research Society Young Investigator of the Year.

Andrew Yates, PhD

Dr. Yates has more than 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry including 10 years as an executive at AstraZeneca. He held key roles within the medical affairs, commercial, business development and strategy functions for AstraZeneca’s in-line and development portfolio. Dr Yates has been extensively involved in the life-cycle management of key multi-billion dollar products leading to the funding and initiation of significant development programmes. Whilst in business development he led evaluations and transactions that resulted in multiple collaborative agreements with academia, biotechnology and peer pharma. Dr. Yates is a UK registered pharmacist who received his PhD in cannabinoid medicinal chemistry from the University of Nottingham.

Steven Laviolette, PhD

Dr. Steven Laviolette is a Professor in the Schulich School of Medicine, at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. His research focuses on the neurobiological and molecular mechanisms underlying various neuropsychiatric disorders and how cannabinoids, such as THC and cannabidiol, can differentially control brain pathways.  Dr. Laviolette has been the recipient of numerous national and international research awards and currently serves on several Review Panels for the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. He is a member of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran’s Health Research and is the former Chair of the Review Committee for the Ontario Mental Health Foundation.