Dr Marilyn Huestis
Chief of the Chemistry and Drug Metabolism Section of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) since 1998, Dr Marilyn Huestis is a toxicologist studying the effects of illicit drugs on the body, brain and in utero. Her doctoral research focused on cannabis (marijuana) and she went on to study a wide range of illicit drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and heroin. Her recent work includes an initiative to develop new diagnostic tests for designer drugs, which current drug tests cannot detect. She is motivated to see how her research improves people’s lives by reducing deaths from drugged driving or reducing the effects on children when mothers use drugs during pregnancy. She thoroughly enjoys mentoring students in toxicology, having overseen the doctoral or post-doctoral research of more than a dozen investigators.
Dr Huestis began working in a toxicology lab in 1969 as an undergraduate. She married, earned an M.S. in clinical chemistry, held a variety of jobs and raised a family, returning to school to earn her doctorate in toxicology in 1992 from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine. In the late 1990s she started one of the few human clinical research labs in the world to test illicit drugs in humans.
Dr Huestis is a past-president of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, past chair of the Toxicology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the first woman president of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists.
Dr Matthew Doane
Dr Matthew Doane is a dual boarded and internationally trained Anaesthesiologist who is both a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a Fellow of the Australia New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He is a Staff Specialist in the Department of Anaesthesia at Royal North Shore Hospital and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Medical School. Dr Doane has a strong interest in Clinical Research and Education and a strong hope that his slightly questionable internet search history doesn't lead to a visit from anyone in this audience.