Dr John Barlow
Dr John Barlow is the Principal Investigator for the CACOS Study, Australia’s largest medicinal cannabis observational trial. He has more than 10 years experience in clinical trials in a range of medical, surgical and public health fields, particularly oncology, neurology and orthopaedics. John is a former Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Monash University and was a Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council. He holds a PhD from Monash University and has published more than 200 peer reviewed papers and abstracts encompassing a range of topics including endocrinology, clinical chemistry and drug evaluation.
Dr Melissa Benson
Dr Melissa Benson is the General Manager of Applied Cannabis Research and has significant experience in conducting clinical trials with medicinal cannabis products. Melissa has a PhD in Neuropharmacology from the University of Queensland and has completed postdoctoral fellowships focused on drug development in the fields of refractory epilepsy and cannabinoids. She has also completed postgraduate studies in intellectual property commercialisation. Melissa has managed sites for registration level pharmaceutical clinical trials (outside of cannabis) and was previously Clinical team leader at the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics based at the University of Sydney, where she oversaw development, start-up, and execution of clinical trials with medicinal cannabinoids.
ACR receives funding from industry clients including but not limited to licensed medicinal cannabis producers and suppliers.