International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis
Speaker Series

The International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis (IASIC) is excited to present the IASIC Speaker Series. Presented free of charge, this ongoing educational seminar series will focus on the science, data and peer-reviewed research surrounding marijuana and will be led by international medical experts. This non-partisan and non-political series is continually developed, organized, and guided by doctors.

Upcoming Schedule of Sessions


Dr. Steven Laviolette
University of Western Ontario

Dr. Steven Laviolette received his Doctoral degree in Neurobiology at the University of Toronto. Following Post-Doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh, he joined the University of Western Ontario, where he is currently a Professor in the Schulich School of Medicine, in the Depts. of Anatomy & Cell Biology and Psychiatry. Dr. Laviolette’s research focuses on the neurobiological and molecular mechanisms underlying various neuropsychiatric disorders, including addiction, depression, schizophrenia, PTSD and anxiety. Dr. Laviolette’s laboratory has made numerous discoveries related to how the mammalian brain is influenced by chronic drug exposure and how signaling through the brain’s cannabinoid and opioid systems can control emotional processing in specific brain circuits. Recently, Dr. Laviolette’s team has been examining how specific phytochemical constituents of cannabis, such as THC and cannabidiol, can differentially control brain pathways related to emotional processing, memory formation and cognitive dysregulation present in various neuropsychiatric disorders. Research in Dr. Laviolette’s laboratory is identifying unique molecular signaling pathways by which cannabis-derived phytochemicals may serve as pharmacotherapies for specific mental health disorders including schizophrenia, addiction, depression and anxiety. Dr. Laviolette has been the recipient of numerous national and international research awards, including, a C.I.H.R. New Investigator Fellowship, an Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario, the Young Investigator Award from N.A.R.S.A.D, a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation and the Leader’s Opportunity Fund from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Dr. Laviolette currently serves on several Review Panels for the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. He is a member of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran’s Health Research and is the former Chair of the Review Committee for the Ontario Mental Health Foundation.
Steven Laviolette

Dr. Eric Voth
President and Chairman of the Board of IASIC

Dr. Voth is a specialist in Internal Medicine, Pain Management, and Addiction Medicine and was formerly Vice-President of Primary Care at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, Kansas. He serves as the President and Chairman of the Board of the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis (IASIC). Dr. Voth is a pioneer in the appropriate prescribing of controlled medications and is recognized as an international authority on drug use, drug policy-related issues, pain management, and appropriate prescribing practices. Dr. Voth also serves as an advisor on alcohol and drug abuse issues to the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, is a former member of the National Advisory Committee for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of HHS, and is a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Voth has advised Reagan, Clinton, both Bush, and Obama administrations, and has advised or testified for numerous Congressional offices on drug related issues. He has appeared on or consulted to, numerous other radio media, and has been quoted by numerous international print media.
Eric Voth