SCIENCE WITH HEART
MEDICINE WITH VISION
Dr. Jeff Chen
man ON A MISSION
Founder & Executive Director
UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative
Dr. Jeff Chen MD, MBA is a physician, researcher, and social entrepreneur pioneering cannabis research. He is a thought leader on cannabis policy, science, and business, and has spent the last 5 years operating at the intersection of cannabis policy, science, and business to accelerate cannabis research.
Dr. Chen is the Founder and Executive Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, one of the first university programs in the world dedicated to cannabis. Only 29 when he founded the research program, Jeff is one of the youngest directors of a major university research initiative in America. Under the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, Dr. Chen has brought together over 40 faculty members across a dozen departments to discover the scientific truth and medicinal value of this plant.
His current personal research focus for medical cannabis is:
1) Could cannabis provide a solution for the opioid epidemic?
2) Could cannabis be the cure for cancer?
3) Could cannabis treat Alzheimer's?
Dr. Chen is a graduate of the specialized MD/MBA program at UCLA. While a graduate student, he created some of the nation’s first cannabis science & business conferences, cannabis science and business clubs, and cannabis courses at an American university. As a medical student, Dr. Chen ranked in the 95th percentile amongst all U.S. medical students on national medical licensing exams, and he had the honor of receiving the highest award of distinction for his performance in the specialties of Surgery, Neurology, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine.
Dr. Chen has spoken on the topic of cannabis at venues ranging from the RAND Corporation and Senator Feinstein’s Office to the Yale School of Management and the Royal Palace of the Kingdom of Bhutan. His work has been covered by outlets ranging fromTIME, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal to CNN, CBS, NPR, Rolling Stone and Vogue.
Dr. Chen is a David Geffen Fellow, U.S. patent holder, and published author in cancer research. He is a member of the Helena Group, Sandbox, and Nexus. He was named a “Globalshaper” by the World Economic Forum and is a Schusterman Foundation Reality Impact Alumni.
Dr. Chen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University, where he studied Biology, Business, and Music as an undergrad. He has been a lifelong musician, having sung at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Vatican, and on weekends you can find him singing and playing guitar on the Venice Beach boardwalk, where all proceeds are donated to research.
Why Study Cannabis?
Discovering the scientific truth about cannabis & plant medicine to heal the world
Pioneering medical-grade cannabis applications used in hospitals and clinics
Hunting for original, unadulterated strains of cannabis in the ratios as nature intended
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Dr. Jeff and his work have been mentioned in media sources, such as:
"American Universities Offering Cannabis Classes this Fall"
"Amid Opioid Crisis, Researchers Aim to Put Medical Marijuana to the Test"
"Cannabis Comes to Your Coffee and Candy—But Is It Legal?"
"'Weed the People’ Explores Medical Marijuana for Kids With Cancer"
"Column: UCLA’s Paranoid Stance on Cannabis Leaves Students in the Lurch"
"UFC teams with Aurora Cannabis on CBD study in fighters"
"CBD Is Budding In Popularity. But What Is The Cannabis Extract, Exactly?"
"...The Feds Grow and Sell Marijuana. Here's How."
"Medical Pot Is Our Best Hope to Fight the Opioid Epidemic"
"How Cannabis Is Fueling a New Fitness Movement"
"Can Weed Help You Lose Weight?"
"Here's What Marijuana Actually Does to Your Body and Brain"
"5 Common Myths About Cannabis"
"Is CBD Legal? Does It Even Work?"
Dr. Jeff is honored to have been invited to speak at a variety of venues, including Senator Feinstein’s Office, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and the Royal Palace of the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Yale Business of Legal Cannabis Conference
Dr. Jeff presented the keynote cannabis science speech at the first cannabis conference at an Ivy League university.
Cannabis: Panacea, Placebo, or Poison?
Dr. Jeff gives us a TED talk about the science of plant medicine.
Does the Federal Government Grow Cannabis?
From a multi-episode series on cannabis in collaboration with UCLA
Evolution of Medicine
Interview of Dr. Jeff's vision for founding the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative.
A snapshot of a course Dr. Jeff created and teaches at UCLA, one of the first cannabis courses ever taught at an American university.
15th Annual Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer
Medical Cannabis and Cancer
UCLA Health & Semel Institute
3rd Annual UCLA Cannabis Research Symposium
Hemp Goes Federally Legal: Research and Policy Implications
Snapshots of Talks and Panels
From Yale and the Young Presidents Organization with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to festivals and interviews.
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About Dr. Jeff