Michael Kuhar, PhD


NFIA’s Science Advisory Board
Dr. Kuhar is Candler Professor of Neuropharmacology at Emory University. His studies have focused on the cellular and anatomical bases of addiction. Among many things, he discovered the mechanism by which cocaine addicts the brain.

Wilson M. Compton, MD

is deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). One of the National Institutes of Health, NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. Dr. Compton works with the director to provide scientific leadership of NIDA’s research portfolio.

Mahmoud ElSohly, PhD

is a pharmacologist known for his work on marijuana. He is professor of pharmaceutics in the school of pharmacy at the University of Mississippi where he directs the Marijuana Project, which grows pharmaceutical-grade marijuana for research. He is an expert in the processing, testing, and detection of drugs of abuse.

Marilyn A. Huestis, PhD

recently retired from NIDA’s intramural research program and is president of Huestis and Smith Toxicology. She is known for her work in studying how marijuana use affects driving, and how exposure to parents’ use of the drug affects the developing fetus, breast-feeding newborns, and young children.

Ryan Vandrey, PhD

is associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research focuses on the behavioral pharmacology of marijuana in adult research volunteers, clinical trials, web-based survey research, and patients using marijauna or cannabinoids for therapeutic purposes.