MCN Editorial Board

We are pleased to introduce our new Editorial Advisory Board for Medical Cannabis Network Quarterly.

All members of the new Editorial Advisory Board of Medical Cannabis Network have volunteered their time, offering independent advice and assistance in order to support MCN’s commitment to providing relevant, useful content on the medical cannabis industry. Our board members are well-regarded as experts in their respective fields; and we are delighted to begin working with them.

Anne Schlag

Anne Schlag

Research Manager at DrugScience and Honorary Fellow at Imperial College London.

Anne Schlag completed her graduate studies and PhD in Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science; and worked for several years as Senior Lecturer at King’s College London.

Her expertise ranges across the spectrum of risk perception, management and communication, taking in mental models and social representations. Schlag has a keen interest in national and international drug policies, related regulatory challenges and public communications.

Being a member of the Drug Science Medical Cannabis Working Group, Schlag’s current research focuses on the controversies surrounding medical cannabis and the application of MultiCriteria-Decision-Analysis to assess benefits and safety.

Deepak Anand

Deepak Anand

CEO and co-founder of Materia Ventures and board member of the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis in the UK.

Deepak Anand is recognised as a thought leader in the global cannabis space. Anand currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of Materia Ventures, a Europe-focused supply and distribution
company for medical cannabis and CBD products.

Anand previously served as Vice President of business development and government relations at a Canadian cannabis consulting firm; vice president of a Health Canada-licensed producer; and as a board member for various pharmaceutical associations across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Serving on a number of for-profit and non-profit boards, Anand is, most notably, on the boards of the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis in the UK and Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM). He was most recently appointed as Vice President for Canada’s National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Peter Comerford

Peter Comerford

CEO and Senior Executive, expert in hi-tech manufacturing, consulting, public and private healthcare, pharmaceutical supply and complex logistics.

Peter Comerford has a Master’s degree from the Smurfit Graduate Business School and extensive experience working with private equity partners. Comerford brings strong business and healthcare knowledge and senior clinician engagement skills to the board.

Currently CEO of Anspec, a specialised pharmaceutical and medical wholesale company with an international presence and supporting significant government contracts, Comerford is also Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region for Holigen, a subsidiary of The Flowr Corporation, a medicinal cannabis manufacturer and distributor with operations across Australia, Europe and Canada.

Jennifer Martin

Professor Jennifer Martin

Chair of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Newcastle; Director of the NHMRCfunded Australia Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE).

Professor Jennifer Martin is a dual-trained clinical pharmacologist and physician and Chair of Clinical Pharmacology in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Martin is also Director of the NHMRC-funded Australia Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE), Australia’s first federally-funded research centre in medicinal cannabinoids to ensure quality and safety in the implementation of medicinal cannabis use in the community.

Martin leads the largest international medicinal cannabis trial, the first of its kind, enabling access to cannabis medicines for a significant advanced cancer population; and is part of Australia’s first medical cannabis trial to produce world-class pharmacokinetic analysis and sophisticated modelling to inform drug dosage and frequency of administration. She is also lead chief investigator on an AUS$1.96m Cancer Council NSW pathways grant to develop a personalised chemotherapy dosing system for cancer patients.

Based at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, the former Rhodes Scholar leads a team of pharmacy and medicine experts together with pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics to contribute to both optimised medicine policy and use in the clinic.

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