2023 Cannabis Science Conference Fall Agenda

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Cannabis Science and Technology, July/August 2023, Volume 6, Issue 6
Pages: 32-34

See the program overview for the upcoming Cannabis Science Conference Fall in Providence, Rhode Island September 20-22nd.

Editor's Note: This agenda was accurate at the time of publication in early August 2023. Speaker names and specific time slots are subject to change.

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Day 1


9:00 a.m.
Knowledge and Art of Combining Cannabinoids for Treatment Success
Speaker: Dr. Dustin Sulak, DO, Healer


10:00 a.m.
Industry Answers with Adam Jacques
Moderator: Zacariah Hildenbrand, PhD, Chief Technical Officer, ZED Therapeutics
Speaker: Adam Jacques, AgSense LLC Oregon

11:00 a.m. Coffee Break/Posters/Networking- Exhibit Hall

11:30 a.m.
Analytical Track: Is it the time to pay more attention to flavonoids in cannabis products
Speaker: Dr. Harry Behzadi, President and CEO of AccuScience Labs

11:30 a.m.
Medical Track: Unprescribed Film Screening
Speaker: Steve Ellmore, Filmmaker and veteran, The Unprescribed

11:30 a.m.
Psychedelics Track: Next Generation of Scientists Examining How to Mitigate Chronic Disease with Psychedelics
Moderator:Dr. Denise Vidot, University of Miami
Speakers: Brea-Necole Diggs, PhD Student, University of Miami - Miller School of Medicine; Dr. Amrit Baral, PhD Student, University of Miami - Miller School of Medicine; and Owen Berke, Student, University of Miami

11:50 a.m.
Analytical Track: Analysis of Cannabis Products for As, Cd, Hg, Pb by ICP-OES: Meeting the DL Challenge
Speaker: Sergei Leikin, Texas Scientific Products and Autumn Phillips, Inorganic Ventures

12:00 p.m.

Medical Track: Veterans Panel Discussion
Moderator: Cherissa Jackson, RN, WeDecode
Speakers: Steve Ellmore, Filmmaker and veteran, The Unprescribed; Ellen Brown, Founder; Green Path Training; Stephen Mandile, Veteran Advocate and Co-Founder, Cannabis Advancement Series; and Wayne Smith, Former Combat Medic

12:00 p.m.
Psychedelics Track: Preparation and Analysis of Psychoactive Alkaloids and Their Metabolites in Multiple Matrices
Speaker: Dan DeLurio, Business Development Manager, Restek

12:10 p.m.
Analytical Track: Cannabinoid Extraction Efficiency for Potency Analysis: An in Depth Look of Multiple Techniques
Speaker: Melinda Urich, Advanced Scientist, LC Solutions, Restek

12:30 p.m. LUNCH

1:30 p.m.
Analytical Track: Quality control in Cannabis microbiology: How to comply and go further than industry standard
Speaker: Anthony Repay, Laboratory Director, Method Testing Labs

1:30 p.m.
Medical Track: Exploring cannabinoid therapy as a safer alternative for dementia symptom management
Speaker: Blake Pearson, Co-Investigator, Pearson Health and Mikelle Bryson-Campbell, co-investigator

1:30 p.m.
Cultivation Track: The Updated Soil Food Web
Speaker: Jeff Lowenfels, Author: Teaming with Microbes Series, lord of the roots

1:50 p.m.
Analytical Track: The Curious Case of Cannabis: Understanding the Microbiology of Cannabis
Speaker: Patrick Bird, Sr. Manager Scientific Affairs, bioMerieux

2:00 p.m.
Cultivation Track: Microbial Consultation Guidelines for Common Reservoirs of Contamination in Cultivation Facilities
Speaker: Frankie Claunch, Microbiologist, PuEr Lab, LLC

2:00 p.m.
Medical Track:Patient Profiles: Characteristics of a large sample of medical cannabis patients
Speaker: Amanda Reiman, Chief Knowledge Officer, New Frontier Data

2:10 p.m.
Analytical Track: Group Q&A
Speakers: Anthony Repay, Laboratory Director, Method Testing Labs and Patrick Bird, Sr. Manager Scientific Affairs, bioMerieux

2:30p.m. Coffee Break/Posters/Networking- Exhibit Hall

3:00 p.m.
Analytical Track: Getting the Most Out of Analytical Testing
Speaker: Zacariah Hildenbrand, PhD, Chief Technical Officer, ZED Therapeutics

3:00 p.m.
Psychedelics Track: Barriers to and Learnings from Psychedelics Research
Moderator: Miyabe Shields, Founder, Scientist, Project Chronic
Panelists: Riley Kirk, PhD - Professor URI and Marné Garretson, MPH

3:00 p.m.
Medical Track: Panel Discussion: Clinical Directors - Navigating Legalization and Beyond
Speaker/Moderator: Laura Barrett-Nutting, Executive Director, National Clinical Director Consortium
Panelists: Dawn-Marie Steenstra, National Clinical Director Consortium, Clinical Director of Dispensaries; Dr. Travis Poonai, Clinical Director, Curaleaf; and Kevin Harbison, Manager of Clinical Services and Regulatory Operations, PharmaCan

3:20 p.m.
Analytical Track: Cannabis Testing: Current Needs and Approaches
Speaker: Dominika Gruszecka, Market Manager, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments

3:40 p.m.
Analytical Track: Pathogen Testing: Why, Where and How
Speaker: Scott Churchill, Vice President of Scientific Development, MCR Labs

4:00 p.m.

Analytical Track: Impacts of Plant Pathogens on Yield
Speaker: Maria McIntyre, Head of Cannabis, bioMérieux, Inc.

4:00 p.m.
Medical Track: Layered Microdosing of Cannabis for Health and Wellness
Speaker: Monica Werkheiser, Canna Remedies NJ, Operations Research Specialist and Clinical Cannabis Pharmacist

4:20 p.m. Analytical Track: Group Discussion/Q&A

Medical Track: Structure-based Cannabinoid and Psychedelic Drug Design
Speaker: Mike McCormick, Scientist, &x consulting LLC


5:00 p.m.
Poster Sessions and Opening Night Reception

Day 2


9:00 a.m.
Cannabis Reconsidered: A Science-Based Look at the True Harms and Benefits
Speaker: Dr. Peter Grinspoon, MD, primary care doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital, Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School


10:00 a.m.
Sample Preparation, Compound Error, and Potency Inflation
Speaker: Jini Glaros, Chief Scientific Officer, Modern Canna Labs

10:20 a.m.
The Art of Potency Plumping
Speaker: Christopher Hudalla, President/CSO, ProVerde Laboratories, Inc.

10:40 a.m.
General Session: Q&A
Speakers: Jini Glaros, Chief Scientific Officer, Modern Canna Labs and Christopher Hudalla, President/CSO, ProVerde Laboratories, Inc.

11:00 a.m. Coffee Break and Networking- Exhibit Hall

11:30 a.m.
Analytical Track:Risk Assessment & Toxicological Evaluation for Cannabis Terpene Concentrates Intended for Inhalation
Speaker: Willie McKinney, CEO, McKinney Regulatory Science Advisor LLC

11:30 a.m.
Medical Track: Panel Discussion: How do we educate our fellow healthcare providers?
Moderator: Brian Essenter, MM Consult CT
Panelists: Janice Newell Bissex, Program Director of Cannabinoid Medical Sciences, John Patrick University School of Integrative
and Functional Medicine; Uzma Zakir, RPh, founder of bloomHigher consulting; and Dr. Peter Grinspoon, MD

11:30 a.m.
Cultivation Track: The Impact of Light Distribution on Cannabis Sativa: Intercanopy vs Overhead Light with Equal DLIs
Speaker: Travis Higginbotham, VP of Cultivation, Statehouse Holdings

11:50 p.m.
Analytical Track: Diamonds, Decarboxylation, and Data: Post-Processing Demystified via Sensor Automation
Speakers: Corey Crosser, Mfg. Rep / Extraction & Operations Consultant Sample Automation and Thomas Rosengren, Founder, Masterkemist

12:00 p.m.
Medical Track: Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Agitation in Dementia
Speakers: Ryan Buck, MD, Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine and Rebecca Abraham, CEO and Founder,Acute on Chronic

12:00 p.m.
Cultivation Track: Eliminate Viroids and Systemic Pathogens Using Fast Return Tissue Culture
Speaker: William Graham, Founder and President, Microclone Tissue Culture/Tangent Bioscience

12:10 p.m. 
Analytical Track: More Easy Options Than You Think: Optimization Overview of Gas Chromatograph Inlet and Injection Parameters for Pesticide Residue Analysis in Cannabis
Speaker: Julie Kowalski, PhD, jkSS, LLC

12:30 p.m. LUNCH

1:30 p.m.
Analytical Track: LCMS Analysis of Phospholipids for the Degumming Optimization for Hemp/Cannabis Extracts
Speaker: Christopher Hudalla, President/CSO, ProVerde Laboratories, Inc.

1:30 p.m.
Medical Track: What if My Client Already Loves Cannabis? Managing Dual Rec & Med Users in Clinical Practice
Speaker: David Aronson, LCSW, Cannabis Educator

1:30 p.m.
Psychedelics Track: Psychedelic Asia: Integrating Ancient Asian Wisdom and Modern Science in The Mind Medicine
Speaker: Dr. Aimon Kopera, Geneomics Global

1:50 p.m.
Analytical Track: Improved Techniques and Methodology for Residual Solvent Analysis in Cannabis and Hemp Products
Speaker: Roy Sorensen, Senior Laboratory Director, Method Testing Labs

2:00 p.m.
Medical Track: Unveiling Cannabinoids' Potential: Cannabis for Managing Sleep Disorders
Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Riggle, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Day Three Labs

2:00 p.m.
Psychedelics Track: Breakdown of the FDA’s Guidance on Psychedelic Clinical Trials
Speaker: J. Preston Campbell, Vice President of Innovation, Venebio/Consilium Sciences

2:10 p.m.
Analytical Track: Compliance Testing and Truth in Labeling - A look at ASTM D8449
Speaker: Darwin Millard, Chief Science Officer, 14th Round/Final Bell

2:30 p.m.
Analytical Track: Standards and Accreditation – The Way We Move Forward?
Moderators: Evan Friedmann, Scientific Cell Company and Patricia Atkins, Antylia
Speakers: Allison Baker, AOAC INTERNATIONAL; Nandakumara D. Sarma, US Pharmacopeia; James Farrell, ASTM International; and Susan Audino, PhD, S. A. Audino & Associates, LLC

2:30 p.m.
Medical Track: Oropharyngolaryngeal Effects of Cannabis Smoking
Speaker: Dr. Dawn Clarke, Green Dentistry

2:30 p.m.
Cultivation Track: Improving Cultivation through Irrigation Automation
Speaker: Isadore Becker-Uncapher, Head of Research and Development, Sustainable Village

3:00 p.m.
Medical Track: Impact on clinical outcomes of multidisciplinary medicinal cannabis clinics on anxiety patients
Speaker: Bhumi Bhojak, Clinical Research Lead, Harvest Medicine,

3:00 p.m.
Cultivation Track: Control of Hop Latent Viroid in a Large Cannabis Cultivation Operation: Strategies and Observations
Speakers: Ulrich Reimann-Philipp, Director of Tissue Culture, Fluresh LLC

3:30 p.m.

Cultivation Track: Airflow Crop Steering for Cannabis Cultivation
Speakers: Jesse Porter, Director of Cultivation, Grow Glide

3:45 p.m. Adjourn