Guest Speaker Dr. Damian Cohall at the Barbados Medical Cannabis Conference 2019


Damian Cohall, PhD

Dr. Damian Cohall is currently the Deputy Dean (Preclinical Sciences) and a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. He has profound research interests in Ethnopharmacology and Pharmnocognosy. He has published a number of research manuscripts in this area inclusive of a book entitled “Medicinal Plants of Barbados for the Treatment of Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases” and a co-authored book chapter entitled “Pharmacodynamics – A Pharmacognosy Perspective” in a textbook entitled Pharmacognosy: Fundamentals and Strategy, Elsevier Publishing. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal.

Dr. Cohall has given numerous presentations on Medical Cannabis locally and around the region. One of his most recent joint research efforts with Dr. Alana Griffith is a published article entitled “Conceptualizing a policy framework for the implementation of medical marijuana in the Caribbean territory of Barbados” in the journal Drug Science, Law and Policy. This research was awarded Best Industry Applied Research at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill’s Research Week 2018. He currently supervises four postgraduate students, two are undertaking medical cannabis research in the areas of Epilepsy and Type 2 Diabetes. Most recently, Dr. Cohall became a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society.

Dr. Cohall is also the Director of the Bachelor of Health Sciences and the PhD Pharmacology programmes in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. He is a recipient of the Faculty’s Award of Merit for Leadership in Education in 2011 and most recently, he was awarded a Principal’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, University and Public Service in 2018. He is also quite keen on contributing to his direct community and region. He represents his discipline and Faculty on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Drug and Therapeutic Monitoring (DTC) Committee. Regionally, he has served as Lead UWI Consultant on the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s CARTFUND project to establish regional standards for the Health and Wellness Sector in CARIFORUM territories.

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