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(Credit: Voisin/Getty) Last Thursday, two of Philadelphia’s top medical schools confirmed their ongoing collaboration of research on medical marijuana and is about to host an academic conference on Cannabis by the end of October.Temple & Jefferson Joins Research On Medical Marijuana
October 22
6:00 AM 2016

The Temple University and Thomas Jefferson University's Center for Medical Cannabis Education and Research (CMCER) will work together to "encourage research and education initiatives involving physicians and scientists" all over the state and nation.

Thomas Jefferson University's  Charles V. Pollack, Jr., MA, M.D., FACEP, FAAEM, FESC, FAHA, FCPP, Director of CMCER said, "Medical cannabis is such a hot medical and social issue that it's helping to break down walls between competing institutions that don't usually collaborate on things."

"By working together we'll speed things up, vet ideas more thoroughly, and bring more resources to bear on getting things done in an efficient manner," Pollack furthered. "This is a very exciting time."

With a steering committee of 20 international scientific luminaries, Thomas Jefferson University had launched its center for cannabis education on May 31.

Larry R. Kaiser, M.D., FACS, Dean of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, said "This new collaboration brings together researchers who are truly among the best in the nation. Temple's Center for Substance Abuse Research is one of 14 in the United States to be designated a Core Center of Excellence by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and includes experts in disciplines as diverse as pharmacology, microbiology, and immunology. Joining forces with CMCER multiplies the potential for producing important insights on the appropriate and safe therapeutic uses of medical cannabis."

From the next Friday until October 30, Temple and Jefferson are co-hosting the 2016 Carolina Cannabinoid Collaborative Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel in Center City and Temple's Mitten Hall which is scheduled to have 100 of the country's top cannabis researches.

Temple University (commonly referred to as Temple) is an American state-related-public doctoral university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is among the nation's largest providers of professional education (law, medicine, podiatry, pharmacy, dentistry, and architecture), preparing the largest body of professional practitioners in Pennsylvania.

Thomas Jefferson University, on the other hand, is a private health sciences university which consists of six constituent college and schools Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences, Jefferson College of Health Professions, Jefferson College of Nursing, Jefferson College of Pharmacy, and Jefferson College of Population Health.

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