IMPACT Network Announces Clinical Research Focus on Cannabis for Women

Impact Network

DENVER, March 15, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — IMPACT Network, a nonprofit dedicated to Improving Marijuana Policy and Accelerating Cannabinoid Therapeutics, announced their new focus on cannabis for women’s health, as well as several new executive team appointments that will support Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Michele Ross, and newly promoted Deputy Executive Director Susan Parker.

IMPACT Network has centered their efforts on driving clinical cannabis research and education on women’s health, focused on pain, breast cancer, and menopause, with plans to be a sustainable research nonprofit providing $100 million in cannabis research grants annually within 10 years. It is now in a fundraising campaign to cover its 2017 operating budget as well as launch its Women and Marijuana Efficacy Data Set (WMEDS) study.

“IMPACT Network is the first independent research institute to focus on the benefits of cannabis for women of all ages and harness the full potential of cannabinoid medicine to diagnose, treat and prevent conditions impacting women,” stated Michele Ross, PhD. “We are ready to change healthcare with strategic partners in the cannabis, hemp, health care, academia, nonprofit and technology industries.

Two new executive team members have been added to prepare for the exciting new direction and rapid growth of IMPACT Network. Ryan Downs has joined the organization as Director of Fundraising. Downs comes to the team with a strong background in this field; he has served as VP of operations for a large veteran non-profit where he managed a $33 million annual budget. Megan McGovern joined the team as Director of Outreach. She is a scientist with an MS in horticulture as well as a passionate leader in the cannabis and nonprofit space. Her ability to connect with volunteers, patients, and nonprofits is invaluable.

In addition, Susan Parker has been promoted to Deputy Executive Director and now also serves on the Board of Directors. Parker joins IMPACT Network board members Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, owner of Uplifting Health and Wellness, Julie Monteiro, RN, editor of Cannabis Nurses Magazine, Joshua Crossney, founder of Cannabis Science Conference and JCanna, and Louis Zerobnick, founder of Plant the Cure. Parker has been a valuable member of the IMPACT Network team for a year and brings years of experience in research in cannabis testing, neuroscience, and quality assurance for nutraceuticals.

About IMPACT Network

IMPACT Network is a nationwide 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Denver, Colorado focused on Cannabis for Women’s Health. Find more about you get involved in IMPACT Network as a donor, patient, or researcher at

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