Last updated on: 6/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Joep Killestein, MD, PhD Biography

Title:
Multiple Sclerosis Researcher in the Department of Neurology at the MS Centre at VU Medical Centre in Amsterdam
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The authors conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, twofold crossover study in 16 patients with MS who presented with severe spasticity to investigate safety, tolerability, and efficacy of oral Delta(9)-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabis sativa plant extract. Both drugs were safe, but adverse events were more common with plant-extract treatment. Compared with placebo, neither THC nor plant-extract treatment reduced spasticity. Both THC and plant-extract treatment worsened the participant’s global impression.”

“Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy of Orally Administered Cannabinoids in MS,” Neurology , May 2

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Researcher, Department of Neurology, MS Centre, VU Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Education:
  • MD, School unknown
  • PhD, School unknown
Other:
  • None found