Adrian Devitt-Lee

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Adrian Devitt-Lee, Project CBD’s chief science writer, is the winner of the Norbert Wiener Award in Mathematics from Tufts University, where he graduated with a MS in Math and a BA in Chemistry. He is the co-author of several articles in peer-reviewed publications, including the Journal of Physiology, F1000Research, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, and Physica A. Devitt-Lee’s report on cannabinoid-pharmaceutical interactions was published in Sonoma Medicine. As a R&D intern with Medicinal Genomics, he identified mutations in the CBDA synthase gene in plant varieties. He also performed cell culture, time-lapse microscopy, flow cytometry and RNA extraction on cancer cells as an intern with the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. As a senior research associate with CannaCraft, Inc., Devitt-Lee researched pesticide and solvent safety and provided regulatory input to California government officials. He is currently pursuing a research Ph.D in chemistry at the University College in London.

CB1 and learning

Learning involves both forging new neural connections and pruning ones that are no longer necessary. Blocking CB1 activation may impair learning ability by blocking its ability to prune unhelpful connections.