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Joseph V. Scaletti Catalyst Lecture

Posted: April 6, 2017

Bertha K. Madras, PhD, is a professor of psychobiology at Harvard Medical School and is an award –winning expert in the relevance of dopamine to addiction biology, ADHD, and Parkinson’s disease.  Madras will speak at the Joseph V. Scaletti Catalyst Lecture [PDF] on April 14, 2017 12 p.m. in the Domenici Auditorium.

Please join the Clinical & Translational Science Center in welcoming Dr. Madras for her lecture entitled, “Cannabis (Marijuana) and Cannabinoids: Concerns and Therapeutic Potential”.  She will speak concerning aspects of the hot topic concerning cannabis (marijuana) and cannabinoids. 

“Cannabis or its products are the most widely used illicit drug world-wide. Medicalization and legalization of cannabis (marijuana) in the United States are gaining traction, despite mounting evidence of the potential hazards associated with its use. Whole plant cannabis can contain over 700 chemicals, including more than 100 cannabinoids.  Individual cannabinoids, diverse compounds made by plants, by the brain, and by chemists, engender actions that may converge, diverge or antagonize each other. Research is unraveling the unique therapeutic potential of individual cannabinoids. At the same time, scientific evidence is accumulating that marijuana is detrimental to brain function and behavior, especially during adolescence and young adulthood. Political movements that increase cannabis access, addiction prevalence or circumvent the rigorous FDA drug approval process, portend a wide spectrum of unintended consequences involving traffic and workplace safety, academic performance, health, and other elements of daily life.” – Madras, PhD

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