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Medical Advisory Committee

The Wholistic Research and Education Foundation Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) is comprised of world-renowned doctors, scientists researchers and policy experts. Their multi-disciplinary expertise is invaluable in the assessment of study design, clinical trial methodology, as well as basic and translational research integration of any research proposal Wholistic evaluates.

Donald I. Abrams, MD

Donald I. Abrams, MD

Oncologist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco

Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, M.D., Ph.D

Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, MD, PhD

Palliative Medicine Physician; Associate Hospice Medical Director, MultiCare Health System; and Clinical Instructor, University of Washington School of Medicine

Jim Berg, MD

Jim Berg, MD

Holistic clinician, cannabis-focused family practitioner

Sherry Franklin, MD

Sherry Franklin, MD

Pediatric endocrinologist, Medical Director, United Healthcare, Past President San Diego County Medical Society

Margaret Haney, PhD

Margaret Haney, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology and Director of the Cannabis Research Laboratory, Columbia University Medical Center

Jules Netherland, PhD

Jules Netherland, PhD

Director of Office of Academic Engagement, Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)

Jeremy Riggle, Ph.D.

Jeremy Riggle, PhD

Chief Operating Scientist, Mary's Medicinals

Gabriel Silva, PhD

Gabriel Silva, PhD

Professor of Bioengineering and Neurosciences, Vice Chair of Department of Bioengineering, and Director of the Center for Engineered Natural Intelligence at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

Robert Wailes, MD

Robert Wailes, MD

Chair of the California Medical Association Board of Trustees, pain specialist and board-certified anesthesiologist

Karen S. Wilcox, PhD

Karen S. Wilcox, PhD

Professor and Chair of Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Utah

Jon-Kar Zubieta, MD, PhD

Jon-Kar Zubieta, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychiatrist-in-Chief for the University Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of Utah.

“CBD has a number of effects on the central nervous system that may be relevant to autism and there are anecdotal reports suggesting CBD treatments may improve functioning in an ASD child. This grant will enable our researchers to develop and implement a translational program of research that pairs a clinical trial with detailed neurobehavioral observation, as well as basic science studies to determine if CBD holds therapeutic promise, and if so, via what mechanisms.”

Igor Grant, MDCMCR director and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine