Last updated on: 11/10/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

John Stirling, DPhil Biography

Title:
Principal Lecturer/Reader in the Research Institute for Health and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“A priori cannabis use was recorded at index admission for 112 participants in the Manchester first-episode psychosis cohort. 69 of the 100 surviving (mainly schizophrenia) patients were followed up 10–12 years later and assessed on a battery of clinical, behavioural and neurocognitive measures. Individuals who had not used cannabis before the first episode of illness were generally indistinguishable from cannabis users at follow-up, except that the latter group evidenced a marked ‘sparing’ of neurocognitive functions…

“[C]annabis users had better cognitive functioning than patients without cannabis use in several domains including design memory, verbal fluency, object assembly, block design, picture completion, picture arrangement, and face recognition memory.”

“Cannabis Use Prior to First Onset Psychosis Predicts Spared Neurocognition at 10 Year Follow-up,” Schizophrenia Research, Oct. 21, 2004

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:
  • Principal Lecturer/Reader, Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Consultant Neuropsychologist, University of Manchester
  • Member, British Neuroscience Association
  • Member, International Brain Research Organisation
  • Member, Schizophrenia Association of Great Britain
  • Member, Rethink (formally National Schizophrenia Fellowship)
  • Member, Schizophrenia Interest Group (University of Manchester)
Education:
  • DPhil, Manchester Metropolitain University
  • BSc, Manchester Metropolitain University
Other:
  • Dr. Stirling is a journal referee for the British Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatry Research, Schizophrenia Research, the American Journal of Psychiatry, and Psychological Medicine.