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J. Michael Walker, PhD Biography

The Linda and Jack Gill Chair of Neuroscience at Indiana University
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“Cannabinoid compounds [from marijuana] apparently reduce swelling from inflammation. But more than that, they kill the pain from inflammation specifically. They work on the peripheral nerves that carry pain from your joint into the spinal cord.”

“Marijuana as Medicine,” Arthritis Today, Nov. 1, 2000

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Linda and Jack Gill Chair of Neuroscience, Indiana University, 2004-2008
  • Professor of Psychology, Indiana University, 2004-2008
  • Director, Walker Lab (affiliated with National Institute on Drug Abuse and private funding provided through Indiana University)
  • Director, Gill Center for Biomolecular Science and Program in Neuroscience, Indiana University
  • Chairman, Department of Psychology, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Brown University, 1983-2004
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular and Systems Neuroscience, University of Michigan
  • PhD, Psychobiology, Ohio State University, 1979
  • AB, Psychology, Indiana University, 1973
  • Died Jan. 5, 2008
  • Born Aug. 14, 1950, in Pelham, Georgia
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