Patricia Di Ciano
My research interests are focused on the effects of drugs of abuse on the brain and behavior. I have a preclinical background, with a current focus on clinical trials. I received my PhD at the University of British Columbia, after which I worked in the UK for 10 years before returning to Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. My research interests are multi-disciplinary, involving PET imaging, pharmacokinetic analyses and psychomotor and behavioural measures.
With the changing legal landscape around cannabis, the effects of recreational and therapeutic cannabis on health-related outcomes is of increasing importance. We know from previous research that cannabis can affect driving-related behavior, and this is evidence mainly by increased weaving and compensatory decreases in speed. However, the effects of cannabis on driving in therapeutic users of cannabis is largely unexplored. My research aims to understand how cannabis affects driving, particularly in therapeutic users.