Fundamentals of Cannabis Science
Dr. Michael Amlung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. He is a
faculty scientist with the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research (PBCAR)
and the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research, both at
McMaster. He received a PhD in psychology from the University of Georgia and
completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri. He earned an
Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Amlung’s research focuses on the psychological and
neurobiological basis of addictive disorders, with a major emphasis on alcohol
and cannabis misuse. He is interested in how people make choices about
different rewards, including addictive substances, and changes in behavior in
response to internal and external influences (such as stress, negative
emotions, and drug-related stimuli and cues). Dr. Amlung leads a team of
graduate and undergraduate students in his research laboratory at St. Joseph’s
Healthcare Hamilton West 5th Hospital.
Dr. Amlung’s teaching interests include undergraduate and
graduate-level courses in neuroscience, psychology, and addictions. Dr. Amlung
is committed to providing an inclusive and stimulating learning experience in
his courses in which students are encouraged to challenge stigma and
misconceptions around addictions and mental health disorders. His courses also
emphasize the human element of these disorders. He is especially excited about
the launching of the Science of Cannabis certificate and teaching the
Foundations of Cannabis Science in the Health Context course for the program.
Risks & Harms of Cannabis
Dr. Iris M. Balodis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry
and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and a faculty associate
with the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research.
She is a
core member of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research as well as
Director of the Integrated Neuroscience of Motivation and Change (IN-MaC)
Her overall research program covers different aspects of reward and
stress processing across various at-risk populations. This includes
substance-based disorders, such as cannabis or alcohol use disorders,
non-substance based disorders, including gambling disorder, as well as other
disorders characterized by problems with impulse control, such as binge eating
Therapeutic Applications of Cannabis
Jason Busse is an Associate Professor
in the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University, and has authored over
200 peer-reviewed publications with a focus on chronic pain, cannabis, opioids,
and methodological research. He is the Associate Director of the Michael G.
DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research.