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 is a Professor and Director of the Addiction Research Group in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. His research focuses on identifying the neurobiological and developmental mechanisms underlying various psychiatric disorders, including opioid and nicotine addiction, depression, schizophrenia, PTSD and anxiety. Using both translational in vivo behavioural pharmacology and in vitro cell biology approaches, Dr. Laviolette’s laboratory has made many discoveries related to how the brain is influenced by chronic drug exposure during various phases of brain development including pre-natal and adolescent periods of maturation. His team also explores how signaling through the brain’s cannabinoid, dopamine and opioid systems can control emotional processing in specific brain circuits. Dr. Laviolette is the recipient of national and international research awards, including the C.I.H.R. New Investigator Award, an Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario, the Young Investigator Award from N.A.R.S.A.D, the 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 and serves on the research advisory board for Drug Free Kids Canada. He is a member of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran’s Health Research and previously served as 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