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Posts by Jodi Gilman, PhD

  • Jodi Gilman, PhD, director of neuroscience at the Center for Addiction Medicine, discusses what her research has shown on the effects of marijuana in the teen brain and how those effects are dependent on the age at which a young person begins to use.

  • To examine how cannabis use affects the brain, most studies use positron emission tomography, which exposes subjects to radiation. Mass General researchers examined whether functional near-infrared spectroscopy is a feasible alternative for such research.


Jodi Gilman, PhD, received her BS from Tufts University in 2004. She received her PhD in neuroscience from Brown University in 2008, where she used neuroimaging techniques to study the acute and long-term functional and structural effects of alcohol on brain regions involved in motivation and emotion. She came to the Center for Addiction Medicine at Mass General in 2013 to study the effects of cannabis on the brains of young adult users. She is the recipient of the Norman Zinberg Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry from Harvard Medical School, as well as a Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse entitled “Neurobehavioral Characterization of Social Influence in Drug Addiction.” Dr. Gilman’s work has been features in media outlets throughout the world, including Reuter’s, NPR’s Science Friday broadcast and the BBC.

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