Damian Cohall, PhD


Dr. Damian Cohall is currently the Deputy Dean (Preclinical Sciences) and a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.  He has published a number of research manuscripts in the area of ethnomedicine inclusive of a book entitled “Medicinal Plants of Barbados for the Treatment of Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases” and a co-authored book chapter entitled “Pharmacodynamics – A Pharmacognosy Perspective” in a textbook entitled Pharmacognosy: Fundamentals and Strategy, Elsevier Publishing.


He has published and given numerous presentations on Medical Cannabis.  One of his most recent publications is a joint research effort with Dr. Alana Griffith entitled “Conceptualizing a policy framework for the implementation of medical marijuana in the Caribbean territory of Barbados” in the journal Drug Science, Law and Policy. This research was awarded Best Industry Applied Research at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill’s Research Week 2018.  He currently supervises five postgraduate students; three are undertaking Medical Cannabis research in the areas of Epilepsy, Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension. Dr. Cohall is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society where he is a part of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee which reports to the Society’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Advisory Editorial Board for the West Indian Medical Journal.


He is a recipient of the Faculty’s Award of Merit for Leadership in Education in 2011 and most recently, he was awarded a Principal’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, University and Public Service at The University of the West Indies in 2018. He represents his discipline and Faculty on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Drug and Therapeutic Monitoring (DTC) Committee in Barbados. Regionally, he has served as Lead Consultant on the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s CARTFUND project to establish regional standards for the Health and Wellness Sector in CARIFORUM territories.