Internal Management Group (IMG)

The members of the Lambert Initiative's Internal Management Group

The Internal Management Group (IMG) is responsible for the leadership, implementation and management of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics. 

The appointed members have extensive expertise in a range of related fields and have been carefully selected to represent the University, and the Faculties of Science and Medicine. The IMG is governed by Terms of Reference.

Prof Philip Gale

Professor Philip Gale

Interim Dean, Faculty of Science

Nominee of the Dean of Faculty of Science (Chair)

Professor Gale is a chemist with an interest in supramolecular chemistry, in particular the lipid bilayer transport of anions. He joined the University of Sydney in January 2017 as Head of the School of Chemistry, and also served as Associate Dean (International), representing the University in India and China.

Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Professor Gale was Head of Chemistry in the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Southampton and has held scholarships and fellowships at the University of Oxford and The University of Texas at Austin.

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Professor MacDonald Christie

Associate Dean (Research) of the Sydney Medical School

Macdonald (Mac) Christie is a Professor of Pharmacology and Associate Dean (Research) in the Sydney Medical School. Professor Christie is internationally renowned for his studies on ion channel function and neural network plasticity in nervous system disorders such as chronic pain and drug dependence. He leads a research team that studies cellular and molecular mechanisms in opioid receptor signaling in pain pathways, the biological basis of adaptations that produce chronic pain and drug dependence, and is Chief Investigator on a NHMRC Program grant involving preclinical development of novel pain therapeutics.

Professor Christie is a past Director (Basic Research) and Professor at the Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, and Director of Pain and Addiction Research at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and of the Sydney Cancer Institute and member of the NSW Tissue Resource Centre Management Committee.


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Professor Laurent Rivory

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Collaborations & Partnerships

Nominee of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Laurent Rivory is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Collaborations & Partnerships, in the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

Professor Rivory’s role has a particular focus on the areas where cross-faculty engagement and external partnerships are integral to the academic enterprise. Responsibilities include large-scale collaborations such as the Charles Perkins Centre and the Brain and Mind Centre, the Core Research Facilities, and the management of external partnerships, particularly in health. He sits in a number of Advisory Boards which include, among others, the NSW Medicinal Cannabis Advisory Council and the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility Advisory Board.

Professor Rivory has over 20 years’ experience in research and leadership, which has spanned the higher education, hospital and industry sectors.

Ex Officio Members:

Lambert Initiative Academic Leadership Team