Strategic and Scientific Advisory Board

Acute and Chronic Pain

Professor Joseph Lynch, Ph.D.

Dr. Lynch completed a BSc majoring in Physics at the University of Melbourne. He then moved to the University of New South Wales to undertake a Masters of Biomedical Engineering, and then a Ph.D. in Physiology. His postdoctoral studies were undertaken in Germany, France and at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. He moved to University of Queensland in 1996 as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biomedical Sciences, and was awarded an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship in 2004 (renewed in 2009). He relocated to the Queensland Brain Institute in October 2007.

Dr. Li Zhang

Dr. Zhang has worked as an NIH Staff Scientist in the Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience since 2004. He is an expert in neuropharmacology, and has published in Nature Chemistry and Biology, including a paper entitled “Cannabinoid potentiation of glycine receptors contributes to cannabis-induced analgesia.” Kalytera’s novel, proprietary cannabinoid-naproxen conjugate is based in part on Dr. Zhang’s pioneering research demonstrating that cannabinoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain by targeting alpha3 glycine receptors.

Professor Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer

Dr. Zeilhofer studied medicine at the University of Erlangen in Germany. He did his postdoctoral training at the University of Erlangen, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and at ETH Zürich. From 2001 to 2005 he was associate professor of Molecular Neuropharmacology at the Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Erlangen. In September 2005 he joined the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich, and, in addition, in January 2016, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, as a full professor of pharmacology. He currently serves as the director of the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University of Zurich and as a member of the research council of the Swiss National Science Foundation. He is also a founding member of the Drug Discovery Network Zurich (DDNZ). His research has been supported by grants from the European Research Council (ERC), the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, among others. His research has led to the identification of alpha3 glycine receptors as promising targets in chronic pain conditions. Dr. Zeilhofer has received scientific prizes from the SANDOZ-Foundation for Therapeutic Research, the German Association for the Study of Pain, the Sertürner Society and the PHOENIX Pharmacy award.