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Check out the agenda for Cannabis Science Conference Spring 2023!
Editor's Note: This agenda was accurate at the time of publication in early April 2023. Speaker names and specific time slots are subject to change.
Day 1, April 20, 2023
Low and Ultra-Low Doses of Cannabinoids: Are We Missing the Sweet Spot?
Speaker: Dr. Dustin Sulak, DO, Healer
Fireside Chat Discussion, Analytical Focus
Integrating Risk Management Strategies and Data Analysis to Reduce Microbial Product Failure Rates
Speaker/Moderator: Patrick Bird, MS, Sr. Manager, Scientific Affairs, bioMerieux
Panelists: Heather Krug, Regulatory Programs Branch Chief, Colorado State Public Health Lab; Antionette Duncan, Sr. Director Quality Assurance, Curaleaf; Chris Hudalla, President and CEO, ProVerde Labs; Steve Jetter, Program Analyst for Cannabis and Psilocybin Policy, Oregon Health Authority’s Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ORELAP); and Shane Flynn, Senior Director Laboratory Proficiency Testing, AOAC
Analytical Track: Electronic Cannabis Delivery System Aerosol Generation and Collection: Challenges, Best Practices
Speaker: Dr. Mark Crosswhite, Principal Scientist, ConsulticX Sciences Corp.
Medical Track: Chronic Exposure to Cannabis sativa Extracts Reduces Adiposity and Improves Metabolic Dysfunction Associated with Diet-Induced Obesity
Speaker: Bryant Avalos, Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Riverside
Cultivation Track: Cannabis-Specific Plant Nutrition: Express Your Plant’s Full Potential with a Balanced Diet
Speaker: Christian West, Owner/Consultant, Big Earth Consulting, LLC
Analytical Track: Vaping Chemistry of Semi-Synthetic Cannabinoids
Speaker: Robert Strongin, Professor of Chemistry, Portland State University
Medical Track: Precision Cannabinoid Medicine is Here
Speaker: Len May, MCS, Endocanna Health, Inc.
Cultivation Track: Microbes are Multiplying: Finding the Source and A Solution to Your Cannabis Contamination
Speaker: Carly Bader, Manager of Science, Willow Industries
Analytical Track: Non-Targeted Analysis of Aerosol Delivery Systems – Challenges, Considerations, and Best Practices
Speaker: Dr. Mark Crosswhite, Principal Scientist, ConsulticX Sciences Corp
12:30 p.m. Lunch (available for purchase)
Analytical Track: Think Your Lab Testing Is Unbiased?.....You Might Be Surprised!
Speaker: Amber Wise, PhD, Science Director, Medicine Creek Analytics
Medical Track: Raising Awareness: The Implementation of Medical Cannabis and Psychedelics Used as an Adjunct to Standard Therapy in the Treatment of Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancer
Speaker: Jaime Brambila, Founder, Grace Health and Wellness
Psychedelics Track: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among Cannabis + Psilocybin Co-Consumers
Speaker: Dr. Denise Vidot, University of Miami
Analytical Track: Cannabinoid Extraction Efficiency for Potency Analysis: An in Depth Look of Multiple Techniques
Speaker: Melinda Urich, Scientist, Restek
Medical Track: The Nose Knows: How Cannabis Aroma Is Transforming Medicine and Commerce
Speaker: Adie Rae, PhD, Assistant Scientist, Legacy Research Institute
Psychedelics Track: Quantification of Psilocybin and Psilocin Content Variety in Psilocybe cubensis Strains with LC-MS
Speaker: Sabrina Islam, Undergraduate Student, University of Texas at Arlington
Analytical Track: Hide and Seek: New Standards and Methods to Help Quantify Impurities Found in Cannabidiol Derived Phytocannabinoid Products
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Hering, Senior Manager, Process Exploration, Cayman Chemical Company
2:30 p.m. BREAK- Coffee/Networking in Exhibit Hall
Analytical Track: Expanded Multiresidue Method of 327 Pesticides in Cannabis Inflorescence Reveals High Pesticide Levels in 92% of Illicit Samples Compared to the Canadian Licensed Cannabis Market
Speaker: Dr. David Blais, Laboratory Manager, Health Canada
Cultivation Track: Remote Driver the “Makes Sense” Solution to Lower CapEx and OpEx Costs
Speaker: Frank Cirolia, BSEE, Systems and Applications Engineering, Advance Energy
Medical Track: Results from the First NIH Funded Population-based Study of Medical Marijuana (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Speaker/Moderator: Dr. Joe Thompson, MD, MPH, President and CEO, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Panelists: Teresa Hudson, PharmD, PhD, Assistant Dean for Health Services Research;Professor of Psychiatry UAMS College of Medicine; Tony Goudie, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UAMS College of Public Health
Analytical Track: Exploring the Evolving Landscape of Cannabis Compliance in Michigan: A Four-Year Study
Speaker: Josh Smith, M.S., CSO & Lab Director, ABKO Labs, LLC
Cultivation Track: “In the Future, I Print My Grow Room” A Review of 3D Printed Construction Technology
Speaker: Matthew Tugg, VP, Hero Buds
Analytical Track: Risk Assessment and Toxicological Evaluation Program for Cannabis Terpene Concentrates Intended for Inhalation
Speaker: Willie McKinney, PhD, DABT, President, McKinney Regulatory Science Advisors, LLC
Analytical Track: GC-MS Analysis of Delta-8-THC from Cannabidiol Conversions
Speaker: Richard Sams, PhD, Scientific Director, KCA Labs
Psychedelics Track: Psychedelics in Asia: Taboo or Early Adopter?
Speaker: Dr. Aimon Kopera, Doctor of Medicine, Geneomics Global
Medical Track: Using Cannabinoids to Reduce Daily Opioid Milligram Equivalent (OME) in Palliative Care Patients with Chronic Pain: Case Reviews
Speaker: Eloise Theisen, Chief Nursing Officer, Leaf411
Analytical Track: The Chemistry of Volatile Sulfur Compounds in Cannabis: From Discovery to Applications
Speaker: Iain Oswald, PhD, Principal Research Scientist, Abstrax Tech Inc.
Psychedelics Track: Preparation and Analysis of Psychoactive Alkaloids and Their Metabolites in Multiple Matrices Using HPLC-UV
Speaker: Melinda Urich, Scientist, Restek Corporation
Analytical Track: Examining the Chemical Behavior of Cannabinoids and Terpenes in Cannabis sativa L.
Speaker: Antonio Junior, Cannabis Researcher, University of Maryland E.S.
Poster Sessions and Opening Night Reception
Day 2, April 21, 2023
MDMA/Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy: The Path to Potential FDA Approval
Speaker: Dr. Sue Sisley, MD, President of Scottsdale Research Institute (SRI) and President/Founder of Field to Healed Foundation
Analytical Track: TBD
Medical Track: Impending Federal Cannabis Regulation: Scientific Lessons from Other FDA Centers
Speaker: J. Preston Campbell, PhD, Venebio Group, LLC
Psychedelics Track: Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy from an Integrative Medical Clinic Perspective (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Panelists: Dr. Alison Draisin PsyD, LMHC, AIMS Institute; Dr. Emily Whinkin, ND, AIMS Institute; Dr. Jade Stefano ND; and Madeline Turner LMHCA, AIMS Institute
Analytical Track: Punch Know Grow: Early Detection of Hop Latent Viroid (HLVd) in Cannabis Plants Impacts Plant Health and Profitability
Speaker: Maria McIntyre, bioMerieux, Inc.
Medical Track: Cannabis in Palliative Care
Speaker: Kathleen Sanders, RPh, Pharmacist, My Therapy Management
11:00 a.m. Break - Coffee/Networking in Exhibit Hall
Analytical Track: New Cannabis and Hemp Proficiency Test Program Provides True Performance Insight
Speaker: Danielle Lenoir, Project Manager, Signature Science
Medical Track: The Potential of Machine Learning Applications to Provide Insights on the Role of Medical Cannabis in Treatment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Using the Cannabis-Responsive™ Biomarker Database
Speaker: Itzhak Kurek, PhD, CEO, Cannformatics, Inc.
Cultivation Track: Hop Latent Viroid Shares a 19 Nucleotide Sequence with Cannabis sativa COG7
Speaker: Kevin McKernan, Medicinal Genomics
Analytical Track: Proficiency Testing: Is It a Joke or Does It Add Value? (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Speaker/Moderator: Julie Kowalski, PhD, Program Chair
Panelists: Susan Audino, PhD, Science Advisor, AOAC International, CASP and Principal, S.Audino & Assoc, LLC; Shane Flynn, Sr. Director, Laboratory Proficiency Testing, AOAC International; and Julia Bramante, CO Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
Medical Track: What Happens When You Smoke Cannabis? An Integrative Understanding Rooted in Ayurveda, Dentistry, and Clinical Experience
Speaker: Adhithyan Krishnan, M.A.P., R.A.D., Founder and Chief of Science, AK Aveksha
Cultivation Track: The Danger of the 2018 Farm Bill
Speaker: James Schwartz, BSN, LNC, CEO, CascadeHigh
12:30 p.m. Lunch (available for purchase)
Analytical Track: Quality Assurance and Safety in Cannabis, Psilocybin, and Hemp (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Moderator: Kim Stuck, The Canna Consortium
Panelists: Kelly O’Connor, Sales Director, Key Accounts, Columbia Laboratories; Rocco Iannapollo, Director of Business Development, Cannabis Kitchen Supplies; Chris Gardella, CTO, Thompson Duke; and Jeremy L Sackett, QA Manager, Columbia Laboratories
Medical Track: Medical Cannabis 101: The Use of Cannabinoids in the Outpatient Primary Care Setting
Speaker: Dr. Michael McKenzie, MD, Michael J. McKenzie, MD, PA
Cultivation Track:Endophytic Bacteria and the Rhizophagy Cycle: The Expanded Soil Food Web
Speaker: Jeff Lowenfels, Author: Teaming with Microbes Series, Lord of the Roots
Analytical Track: Standardizing and Data Sharing for the Future of Testing and Quality Control (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Speaker/Moderator: David Vaillencourt, MSc, CEO and Founder, The GMP Collective Panelists: Darwin Millard, Chief Science Officer, 14th Round/Final Bell, Vice-Chair ASTM Intl D37 Cannabis Subcommitee; and Kelly O’Connor, Sales Director, Key Accounts, Columbia Laboratories
Medical Track: Cannabis and Spinal Cord Injury: A Patient’s Perspective
Speaker: Jeremy Robbins, MS, Cannabis Patients PNW
Cultivation Track: Floral Hemp Production in North Dakota
Speaker: Avery Shikanai, Graduate Student, North Dakota State University
Film Screening: Unprescribed
Filmmaker/Presenter: Steve Ellmore, The Unprescribed