Last updated on: 6/25/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Stephen M. Lawrie, MD, MPhil, MBChB Biography

Title:
Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroimaging at the University of Edinburgh
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Meta-analysis suggests that cannabis is a risk factor, increasing the chances of developing schizophrenia or a schizophrenia-like psychotic illness by approximately three-fold…

Our findings underline the need to recognize the use of cannabis as a significant risk factor for schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like psychotic illness.”

Cowritten with David M. Semple and Andrew M. McIntosh, “Cannabis as a Risk Factor for Psychosis: Systematic Review,” Journal of Psychopharmacology, Mar. 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Psychiatry and Neuroimaging, University of Edinburgh
  • Executive Member, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
  • Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, NHS Lothian Hospital
  • Director, Scottish Mental Health Research Network
  • Co-chair, Lothian Joint Formulary (document providing guidance and standards for hospitals in Lothian, Scotland)
  • Sentinel Reader, Evidence-Based Medicine journal, American College of Physicians

  • Former Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (with honors), 2009
  • Fellow of the Royal College Psychiatrists, 2008
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1990
  • Education:
  • MD, University of Edinburgh, 1997
  • MPhil, University of Edinburgh, 1993
  • MBChB, University of Aberdeen, 1986
  • Other:
  • Has published more than 200 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals