The University of Connecticut will hold a symposium on cannabis March 16 and 17, 2023 at the main campus in Storrs. Topics covered will include cannabis genetics and biology, clinical applications of cannabis, enhancing cannabis production, cannabis law, and more.
The symposium aims to create a space for scientists, scholars, students, and the business community to connect and share information on the emerging field of cannabis research.
“UConn has been a leader in cannabis research for some time,” says interim vice president for research S. Pamir Alpay. “We are hopeful that this conference will serve as a nexus for conversation and networking between industry and academia.”
UConn made waves in 2019 when it announced it would offer the nation’s first university class on the fundamentals of cannabis horticulture. Researchers at the state’s flagship university also conduct innovative research focused on micropropagation, molecular genetics, economics of cannabis, human health impact, and more.
The university also supports technology commercialization and workforce development related to the cannabis industry.
Along with several panels, a plenary talk will be given by preeminent cannabis scholar Aron Lichtman from Virginia Commonwealth University. Lichtman is an international expert on the pharmacological effects of cannabinoids on behavior, pain intervention, and disease.
“As legislation and societal perceptions of cannabis continue to evolve, cannabis research at world-class universities like UConn become even more critical,” says Dean of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Indrajeet Chaubey. “Through this symposium, we’re bringing together UConn’s three mission areas – research, education, and extension outreach – to support an industry that clearly has a lot of potential in our state and beyond.”
To learn more and register to attend the UConn Cannabis Symposium, visit the event website.
The UConn Cannabis Symposium is a joint initiative supported by UConn’s Office of the Vice President for Research, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Medicine, and School of Law.