Last updated on: 3/3/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Ernest L. Abel, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychology at Wayne State University
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Of all the plants men have ever grown, none has been praised and denounced as often as marijuana (Cannabis sativa). Throughout the ages, marijuana has been extolled as one of man’s greatest benefactors – and cursed as one of his greatest scourges. Marijuana is undoubtedly a herb that has been many things to many people.”

Marihuana, the First Twelve Thousand Years, 1980

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychology, Wayne State University, 1985-present
  • Director, Charles Stewart Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Wayne State University, 1989-2009
  • Recipient, “Distinguished Professor,” Wayne State University
  • Consultant, All Faiths World Alcohol Project, 1981-present
  • Editorial Board, Neurobehavioral Toxicologv and Teratoloav, 1979-present
  • Director of Operations, Mott Center for Growth and Development, Wayne State University, 1985-1989
  • President, Fetal Alcohol Study Group of the Research Society on Alcoholism, 1985-1986
  • Research Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1981-1985
  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1981-1985
  • Acting Deputy Director, Research Institute on Alcoholism, 1983-1984
  • President, Behavioral Teratology Society, 1983-1984
  • Research Scientist, Research Institute on Alcoholism, 1973-1984
  • Medical Research Fellow of Canada, 1971-1973
Education:
  • Postdoc, Pharmacology, University North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1973
  • PhD, Psychology, University of Toronto, 1971
  • MA, Psychology, University of Toronto, 1967
  • BA, Psychology, University of Toronto, 1965
Other:
  • “Marihuana and Memory: Acquisition or Retrieval?,” Science, Sep. 1971
  • “Effects of Marihuana on the Solution of Anagrams, Memory, and Appetite,” Nature, May 1971
  • “Effects of the Marihuana Momologue, Pyrahexyl, on a Conditioned Emotional Response,” Psychonomic Science, Jan. 1969