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Thomas Jefferson Receives $3M for Research on Medicinal Cannabis

Posted by Emily Olson on Mon, Dec 12, 2016

A $3 million philanthropic gift was recently given to The Institute of Emerging Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University. The new funding will support its Center for Medical Cannabis Education and Research, where researchers will study the therapeutic potential of a wide range of cannabinoids. Thomas Jefferson is the first major health sciences university in the nation to establish such a center.

The generous gift was given by Australian philanthropists Barry and Joy Lambert, who were inspired to support cannabinoid research after their granddaughter was diagnosed with Dravet’s syndrome. Dravet’s syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that causes abnormal electric signaling in the brain, which lead to severe and frequent seizures.

One of the few therapies that has been shown to alleviate seizures caused by this condition is medical cannabis. The Lamberts’ gift to Thomas Jefferson demonstrates a spreading hope that more research on medicinal cannabis will offer relief for patients with this and other related conditions. In recognition of their support, the center will be renamed The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University.

"We have directly experienced the miraculous life-saving benefits of medicinal cannabis derived from hemp” said Mr. Lambert in an article for TJU News. “We are confident that working under modern US regulations, TJU and its innovative, scientific approach will prove to the medical profession the benefits and safety of medicinal cannabis for a broad range of illnesses, not just childhood epilepsy."

Cannabis plant

(Cannabis plant, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Research at the Lambert Center will focus on a range of chemical compounds derived from hemp including a well-known cannabinoid called cannabidiol, as well as many of its close chemical variants that have not yet been thoroughly explored scientifically. 

“We are extremely grateful to the Lamberts for this bold and visionary gift, which will have an immediate impact on our research and education efforts,” said Charles V. Pollack Jr., MA, MD, Director of the Institute of Emerging Health Professions. “From the start we have had an ambitious agenda to elevate the science that underpins the therapeutic use of cannabinoids, and this donation provides a huge boost of momentum to pursue the most promising ideas and potential therapies for a range of conditions.”

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