Last updated on: 11/4/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Marta di Forti, MD, MRCPsych Biography

Title:
Clinical Lecturer in the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“We should have more data on cannabis exposure. We should take a cannabis history in a more detailed way, like we do when we take a history of cigarettes smoking to establish risk of lung cancer. But it would be naive to say that smoking a joint is safe as we do not have enough data to reach such conclusion.”

“People Who Smoke Skunk ‘Are 18 Times More Likely to Develop Psychosis’,” The Royal College of Psychiatrists website, July 2, 2008

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:
  • Clinial Lecturer, Department of Psychosis Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • Coordinator, Genetics and Psychosis (GAP) Study, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • Honorary Clinical Specialist Registrar (SpR), Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, University of Palermo Medical School (Italy)
  • Consultant, adult psychiatry, women only, Service Foxley Lane Inpatient Unit, South London and Maudsley National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust
  • Member, British Medical Association
  • Member, Italian Medical Association
  • Member, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Member, British Association of Psychopharmacology
Education:
  • MRCPsych, St George’s Hospital (London), 2002
  • MD, University of Palermo (Italy), 1996
Other:
  • Dr. Di Forti’s research focuses on the interaction between psychosis susceptibility genes and environmental risk factors, such as cannabis, in the causation of schizophrenia.
  • Coordinates the Genetics and Psychosis (GAP) Study at the Institute of Psychiatry
Quoted in:
  1. Does Marijuana Use Increase the Risk of Psychosis (Including Schizophrenia)?