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A Bulgarian-born professor and pioneer in the field of cannabis research is scheduled to lecture during Colorado State University-Pueblo’s 2017 Institute of Cannabis Research Conference in April.

Raphael Mechoulam, the “Father of Cannabis Research,” will present the inaugural Mechoulam Lecture, named in his honor.

Mechoulam is an organic chemist and professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Institute for Drug Research at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

The conference is scheduled April 28-30 at CSU-Pueblo.

“It is truly an honor to have such a seminal figure speak at our institute’s inaugural conference,” said CSU-Pueblo Provost Rick Kreminski.

Mechoulam is known as a discoverer of the endocannabinoid system. He has often been considered the most prominent figure in the world of cannabis research, as his groundbreaking discoveries in the 1960s – isolating, determining the chemical structure of and synthesizing CBD and THC – are the basis for nearly every piece of research conducted today.

CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare said attracting such a key international figure to the university validates the creation of the Institute of Cannabis Research by university leaders and points to the international interest it is already receiving.

“I could not be prouder of how our hard work and willingness to move forward with the institute already is paying dividends by attracting the attention of such a renowned researcher in Dr. Mechoulam,” Di Mare said.

“His appearance in association with our inaugural conference will bring global visibility and provide the impetus for the institute’s future success.”

Mechoulam’s main contributions are in the field of the constituents of cannabis and the endogenous cannabinoids found in the brain and in peripheral organs, such as kidneys, lungs, etc. He has published extensively on their pharmacological activities, and his research has been cited more than 40,000 times. Mechoulam’s research interests are in the field of the chemistry and biological activity of natural products and medicinal agents.

Kreminski said the Institute of Cannabis Research is seeking submissions of 250-word abstracts for oral or poster presentations, proposals to lead a discussion panel, or academic papers for the April 2017 conference.

Categories include the following aspects of cannabis: industrial and engineering studies; scientific and medical studies; economic and business aspects; social, behavioral and public health impacts; as well as ethics, regulation, legalization and public policy.

All proposals will undergo a peer-reviewed selection process. Submissions may be made at csupueblo.edu/ICR/2017 by Nov. 15.

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