Our Founder


“I am a scientist who is very passionate about sharing what we learn in the lab with the community at large”

Denise C. Vidot, PhD is the founder of CanaVee, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing trailblazing research-based, patient-centered solutions with her community.

Dr. Vidot is also an Epidemiologist and tenured-track Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies where she is the Principal Investigator of the Cannabis Health and Fitness Laboratory.

Dr. Vidot’s research interest is centered upon physical health outcomes of substance use and abuse across the lifespan among racial/ethnic minority populations. Specifically, she examines cardiovascular and metabolic outcomes among cannabis users from an epidemiological perspective. Dr. Vidot is also interested in the cardiovascular and metabolic health outcomes among HIV patients (and those at risk for HIV) who use cannabis.

Dr. Vidot received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Miami (English and Biology). She then earned a Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Management with a specialization in Public Health from the University of Georgia where she founded the Myeloma Advocacy Coalition. After serving as Executive Director for 8 years, she earned a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Curriculum Vitae