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Communications Winter 2015
RI-MUHC research leaders talk about their respective fields of interest
Funded in part by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the new facilities of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) at the Glen site, in Montreal, will help to bridge the gaps between biomedical research, clinical medicine and population health.
In this series of podcasts presented by the CFI, four RI-MUHC research leaders talk about their respective fields of interest and the thrill of working in the research arm of an institution that is at the forefront of health care.
Find more stories of research in action on Innovation.ca, the website of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, where these podcasts originally appeared.Read more
From left to right: Mark Ware, Igor Grant, Roger Pertwee
|The symposium Cannabis and Medicine: A New Frontier in Therapeutics, co-organized by Dr. Mark Ware, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) pain specialist at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH) and RI member, was held at the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual (AAAS) Meeting in San Jose (CA) last month.|
With 200 people in attendance and a series of questions from the audience that clearly demonstrated the interest in the topic and the science behind it, the event was considered a major success. In addition, the topic received extensive media coverage from journalists worldwide.
Dr. Ware was part of a panel of three international experts who gathered to discuss what scientists and doctors know or should know about cannabis and what they still have to learn.
Neuropharmacologist, Professor Roger Pertwee from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, gave the audience an overview of the science behind the plant. According to Pertwee, who has been one of the world's leading cannabinoid scientists for over 30 years, even if scientists have discovered around 100 cannabinoids, the pharmacology of most of them has yet to be investigated.
However, Dr. Igor Grant, an internationally recognized neuropsychiatrist at the University of California in San Diego, highlighted the difficulty in getting funding for clinical trials on the medical use of cannabis in the United States. According to Grant, so far meta analyses of extensive neurocognitive studies have failed to demonstrate meaningful cognitive declines among recreational users.
Dr. Ware reinforces the idea that our understanding of the role of cannabinoids in health and disease needs to be advanced through research and education for patients, physicians and policy-makers. As a pain specialist, he regularly sees patients with severe chronic pain at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit of the MUHC and for some of them, marijuana appears to be a credible option. According to Dr. Ware, it is time to enhance our scientific knowledge base and have informed discussions with patients.
The AAAS Annual Meeting brings together thousands of scientists, engineers, policymakers, educators, and journalists to discuss the most recent developments in science and technology.
Link to the press release: http://muhc.ca/newsroom/news/cannabis-world-renowned-researchers-discuss-new-frontier-therapeutics
Dr. Mark Ware giving his impressions after his presentation at the AAAS Annual Meeting:
|Please contact Julie Robert, MUHC Communications Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in submitting a proposal for the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting from February 11 to 15 in Washington, DC (US).|
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Reminder to all Graduate Students, Post-Doctoral Fellows and their Supervisors
The deadline to submit your application for the 2015-16 RI-MUHC Studentship and Fellowship Competition is on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at noon.
Please visit the RI Portal to access the competition application and guidelines (a user name and password are required; however these can be requested at the login page).
This is a reminder that in order to submit your on-line application, all documents must be uploaded to the RI Portal (supervisor documents, referee letter of recommendation and other requested documents).
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--Newsletter Winter 2015