Dr. Sara Jane Ward is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Substance Abuse Research and Department of Pharmacology. She earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem NC. She conducted her own NIH-funded research under a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Temple University where she began to study the role of cannabinoids in learning and memory and reward processing. Dr. Ward is currently working on several projects to elucidate the therapeutic potential of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, including studies supported by the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense investigating the efficacy of Cannabidiol for the treatment of peripheral and central neuropathic pain. Other projects in collaboration with TUSM faculty investigate the efficacy of Cannabidiol and synthetic cannabinoids on a range of nervous system targets including stroke, traumatic brain injury, and addiction. Dr. Ward has been a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society since 2005.