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, Associate Professor in 2011, and Professor in 2019.  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. Andy 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.
Iwao Ojima, PhD
Dr. Iwao Ojima received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He joined the Sagami Institute of Chemical Research and held a position of Senior Research Fellow until 1983 after which he joined the faculty at the Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook first as Associate Professor, was promoted to Professor, Leading Professor, and now University Distinguished Professor. Dr. Ojima served as the Department Chair from 1997 through 2003 and has been serving as the founding Director for the Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery from 2004, as well as the President of the Stony Brook University Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors since 2016. He has served as advisory committee members of the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. Dr. Ojima has published more than 480 papers and reviews in leading journals and more than l00 patents granted, edited 9 books. His awards and honors include Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, Emanuel B. Hershberg Award, the Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame, ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry, Ernest Guenther Award from the American Chemical Society; The Chemical Society of Japan Award; Outstanding Inventor Award from the Research Foundation of the State University of New York; Elected Fellows of J. S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, The New York Academy of Sciences, American Chemical Society, and National Academy of Inventors.
Martin Kaczocha, PhD
Dr. Martin Kaczocha received his B.S. with honors degree in Pharmacology and his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Stony Brook University. His graduate work culminated in the identification of fatty acid binding proteins as intracellular carriers for endocannabinoids. Dr. Kaczocha is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and the Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery at Stony Brook University. His research focuses on the role of fatty acid binding proteins in pain, inflammation, and cancer, and his laboratory is currently developing small molecule fatty acid binding protein inhibitors as therapeutics to treat chronic pain and prostate cancer.