Osler Lectureship

41st Annual Osler Lectureship

Wednesday November 7th 2018 @ 6:00 PM

McIntyre Medical Building, Charles F. Martin Amphitheatre, Room 504, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler


Dr. Mark A. Ware

Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Growth Corporation, Associate Professor in Anesthesia and Family Medicine, McGill University

Dr. Mark Ware is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Canopy Growth Corporation. He has taken a leave of absence as Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill University from July 2018 to work in this capacity. He previously served as Director of Clinical Research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at the McGill University Health Centre for over 10 years, and was the Executive Director of the non-profit Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids since 2007. He has served as co-director of the FRQS-supported Quebec Pain Research Network, and sat on the executive management team of the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain at McGill University. His research has been funded and supported by CIHR, FRQS, private foundations and pharmaceutical companies. He has published over 100 papers on cannabis and pain research in academic journals, has written 6 book chapters, and has given hundreds of lectures to health professionals and the public on cannabis over the last 20 years. He has served as a consultant to several large corporate and academic research programs internationally. He has advised the Canadian federal government on cannabis policy since 2001, and 2016, he served as the vice chair of the Federal Task Force on the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada.

100 years of cannabis: a journey from William Osler to the modern era.

The last century has witnessed a radical transformation in society’s perceptions of the herb Cannabis sativa. Scientific research and political initiatives that would have been unthinkable two decades ago have identified the substance’s mechanisms of action as well as its medical benefits and risks. Yet even as Canada enters a new era of non-medical cannabis use, cannabis continues to spark polarizing,incendiary debate. This talk explores the journey of cannabis from plant to policy, and the enduring controversies that challenge the expansion of cannabis research today.

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Previous Osler Lectures

The 40th Annual Osler Lectureship: Susan Reverby, PhD: Infamous Medical Research: Bad Guys, Duped Victims, or Something Else? What the lecture here

The 39th Annual Osler Lectureship: Julio Montaner: Treatment as Prevention (TasP): From a research hypothesis to a new global target and beyond. Watch the lecture here

The 38th Annual Osler Lectureship: E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. "The Strangest Disease: The Peculiar Past but Hopeful Future of Schizophrenia" Watch the lecture here

The 37th Annual Osler Lectureship: Margaret Lock. "The Alzheimer Enigma in an Aging World." Watch the lecture here


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