Last updated on: 10/22/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Kirsten R. Müller-Vahl, MD Biography

Title:
Director of Tourette Syndrome Clinic at the Medical School of Hannover
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that the consumption of marijuana clearly and continuously benefits Tourette patients. There is also a strong suggestion that the plant cannabis is more effective than synthetic THC, and that patients taking the mixture experience fewer unpleasant side effects.”

“Marijuana Chemical Eases Tourette’s Symptoms,” by Hannah Cleaver, Reuters Health, Apr. 2002

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:
  • Director of Tourette Syndrome Clinic, Medical School of Hannover, Germany
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology, Department of Clinical Psychiatry, Medical School of Hannover, Germany
  • Co-Presenter, “I-124-AM281 PET Imaging of CB1-Receptors in Schizophrenia: A Case Study,” Poster Presentation, Conference on Cannabinoids, 2005
  • Member of Program Committee, 2005 Congress on Cannabis and the Cannabinoids
  • Workshop Leader, “Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Tourette Syndrome,” 2001 Congress on Cannabis and the Cannabinoids
  • Member of Program Committee, 2001 Congress on Cannabis and the Cannabinoids
  • Member of the board, working group Cannabis As Medicine, 1999
Education:
  • Assistant in the neurological clinic, Medical School of Hannover, 1990-1996
  • MD, Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover (Medical School of Hannover), 1983-1990
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. What Is Known about Marijuana's Potential Utility in Treating Tourette Syndrome?