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Monthly Webinar

May 13, 2021

The ICR is pleased to announce a new monthly webinar series starting October 8, 2020. Please plan to join us on the second Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM MST. Each webinar will highlight a topic focusing on cannabis research. The webinars are free and open to all. Questions on information on how to access these webinars can be addressed to

The Institute of Cannabis Research’s monthly webinar for May 2021 will feature Mr. George Hodgin from Biopharmaceutical Research Company and Dr. Ajay Nayak from Thomas Jefferson University.

Previous Webinars Videos


    April 2020 - Dr. Cristina Sempio, Cannabinoids and Endocannabinoids in Human Breast Milk

    Cannabinoids and Endocannabinoids in Human Breast Milk

    The Institute of Cannabis Research’s monthly webinar for April 2021 featured Dr. Cristina Sempio. Dr. Sempio is a Research Instructor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She earned her PhD in forensic sciences at the University of Verona (Italy), developing cutting-edge analytical methods for the screening and quantification of drugs of abuse in different biological matrices. After an internship at the National Institute on Drug Abuse under the supervision of Dr. Huestis, she joined the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Sempio is currently collaborating on several CDPHE and NIH grants to elucidate the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids and their influence on the endocannabinoids system. Dr. Sempio supervises and manages the iC42 Clinical Research and Development’s clinical toxicology laboratory and is responsible for all industry collaborations and analytics for cannabis and hemp-based drug developments. Other projects ongoing in her laboratory investigate the effect of cannabinoids administration on endocannabinoids and lipid mediators. The registration link will be listed once it's ready.


    Mar 2021 - Dr. Sara Jane Ward , Phytocannabinoids, Terpenes, and Neuropathic Pain

    The Institute of Cannabis Research’s monthly webinar for March 2021 featured Dr. Sara Jane Ward. She is the Assistant Professor from Temple University. Her research focuses on the behavioral pharmacological effects of the cannabinoid, serotonin, and opioid receptor systems on neuropathic pain and neuroprotection, learning and memory, and addiction. Her research makes use of rodent models of peripheral and central nerve injury, substance abuse, and cognition to explore the pharmacotherapeutic potential of cannabinoid, serotonergic, and opiodergic compounds alone and in combination on these behavioral endpoints. She presented a webinar titled "Phytocannabinoids, Terpenes, and Neuropathic Pain".


    February 2021 - Dr. Ashley Brooks-Russell, Cannabis Impaired Driving and Questions About Tolerance

    The Institute of Cannabis Research’s monthly webinar for February 2021 featured Dr. Ashley Brooks-Russell from The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Brooks-Russell is an assistant professor and Director of the Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research Program at the Colorado School of Public Health, CU Anschutz. She completed her Ph.D. in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH). Her recent work has focused on cannabis use and the association of policy changes with changes in cannabis use and related outcomes. She presented a webinar titled "Cannabis Impaired Driving and Questions About Tolerance".


    December 2020 - Dr. Mahmoud A. ElSohly, Cannabis Derived Products from the University of Mississippi

    Cannabis Derived Products from the University of Mississippi

    Dr. ElSohly serves as Research Professor in the National Center for Natural Products Research, Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Professor of Pharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi. Dr. ElSohly is the director of the Marijuana Project at the University of Mississippi, which is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.​

    Dr. ElSohly holds more than 30 patents dealing with the processing, testing, and detection of drugs of abuse along with those dealing with biologically active natural products. He has authored over 250 scholarly articles and more than 200 presentations at scientific meetings of professional societies relative to drug discovery, analysis, and metabolism, and many of his articles deal with forensic issues of drugs of abuse. He was recognized by The Scientist (April 17, 1995), Science Watch (January 1995), and the Journal of Analytical Toxicology (October issue, 2004) for his accomplishments.​


    November 2020 - Dr. David Shurtleff, Cannabinoid Research Funding Opportunities at NCCIH

    Cannabinoid Research Funding Opportunities at NCCIH

    David Shurtleff, Ph.D., is Deputy Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the leading Federal agency for research on integrative and complementary health practices. Dr. Shurtleff’s career at the NIH has focused on providing leadership and fostering an extensive research portfolio in the basic behavioral and neurosciences—cognitive studies, behavioral economics, decision theory, and risk-taking—and a broad spectrum of research that has contributed to cutting-edge research related to drug abuse, addiction, and their treatment. 


    October 2020 - Dr. Stephanie McGrath, Cannabis Use in Pets

    Cannabis Use in Pets - Clinical Trials at Colorado State University

    The inaugural webinar featured Dr. Stephanie McGrath, Associate Professor, Neurology/Neurosurgery in College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

    Dr. McGrath addressed her groundbreaking studies in the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for dogs with epilepsy, as well as her recent work with how canine glioma cells respond to CBD.

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