John Harrison, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, TeamMD
John Harrison earned his BSc in Biology from McGill University in 1996. He went on to pursue his doctorate in Neuroscience in 1998 from the prestigious private Vollum Institute in Portland, Oregon, completing his PhD in 2005. During his time as a doctoral candidate, in 2001, the first scientific paper was published demonstrating a functional role for the endocannabinoid system in modulating synaptic function. This also marked the beginning of his personal obsession with the endocannabinoid system and its boundless therapeutic potential.
Following completion of his PhD, he went on to work as a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children, where he continued his work studying the nature of synaptic transmission in the central nervous system. Upon leaving academia in 2010, he has remained in the science and healthcare fields working as a medical writer, editor of peer -reviewed Canadian scientific journals, and currently working with special needs children. His hope is to combine his background in biomedical sciences, research and communications to build a bridge between basic research science and cannabis-related advancements in healthcare.
With the ultimate goal of becoming an educator and advocate for the continued study of the therapeutic potential of the endocannabinoid system and for the removal of the stigmatization surrounding its medical use