Dr Leonora Long
Schizophrenia Research Institute, Australia
I won the 2006 Dean's Commendation for doctoral thesis excellence for my work on the role of cannabis in the aetiology of psychosis. I'm now investigating cannabis constituent effects in a genetic animal model to understand the pathophysiology of schizophrenia to effectively treat and ultimately prevent this disabling disorder.
In my first postdoctoral position with Professor Iain McGregor at the University of Sydney, I pursued cannabis-related projects, ranging from cognitive and addiction-related behavioural investigations to the phenomenon of cannabis 'flashback'.
My current work at the Schizophrenia Research Institute involves using an animal model for schizophrenia to gain knowledge of the progression of the disease and possible treatments and cures.