Kenneth P. Mackie
Linda and Jack Gill Chair of Neuroscience
Mackie is a neuroscientist whose work focuses on endogenous cannabinoids, or "endocannabinoids," which are compounds produced by the body that mimic many of the effects of THC, the primary psychoactive component of marijuana.
He is especially interested in the therapeutic applications of these molecules, which have been shown to play a role in memory, anxiety, schizophrenia and obesity. Scientists are also exploring these compounds for their potential as alternatives to opioid-based pain medications, whose overuse and abuse have contributed to an addiction crisis in the United States.
Mackie is also director of the Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science at IU and an affiliate faculty in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' Program in Neuroscience. He earned his medical doctorate from Yale University in 1984 and completed his post-doctoral training at Rockefeller University and the University of Washington. He joined IU from the University of Washington in 2007.