Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ohio State University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"'Could people smoke marijuana to prevent Alzeheimer's disease if the disease is in their family?' We're [the research team] not saying that, but it might actually work. What we are saying is it appears that a safe, legal substance that mimics those important properties of marijuana can work on receptors in the brain to prevent memory impairments in aging..."
"Scientists Are High on Idea That Marijuana Reduces Memory Impairment," Press Release, Ohio State University, Nov. 19, 2008
Experts 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:
Professor, Department of Psychology
Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics, Ohio State University Medical Center
Promotion and Tenure, Reading Committee, Department of Psychology, Ohio State University, 2008-present
Chartered Member, Aging Systems and Geriatrics Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 2008-present
Member, Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration (EUREKA), Special Review Board for NIA, NINDS, NIGMS, NIMH, NIDA, for the National Institutes of Health, 2008-present
Member, Ohio State University Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair
Recipient, Five Star Faculty Teaching Award, University of Arizona, May 1999
Recipient, Vernon & Virginia Furrow Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Arizona, Apr. 1995
Former Professor, Psychology and Neurology, University of Arizona
Former Research Scientist, Division of Neural Systems, Memory and Aging, University of Arizona
Former Program Director, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and the Biological Basis of Behavior Program, Division of Behavioral and Neural Sciences, National Science Foundation
Former Faculty, Departments of Psychology and Pathology, Johns Hopkins University
Former Post-Doctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Drs. Peter Davies and Robert Terry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
PhD, Neurotoxicology, University of Cincinnati
BA, with honors, Psychology and Biology, Albion College
Dr. Wenk has been interviewed about his work by many magazines and radio stations, including NPR, WBZ, WJR, CBS News, & WABC, numerous local and national television programs, including CNN, and by Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Amanada Productions for a 2-hr TV documentary on the topic of cognitive enhancers