Global Health Catalyst Summit 2018.
May 2018, the Cannabis Science team participated in the 2018 Global Health Catalyst Summit held at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. The Global Health Catalyst (GHC) summit at Harvard, is a premier yearly event designed to catalyze high impact international collaborations to eliminate global health disparities, with main focus on cancer and related diseases. During this summit Mr. Raymond C. Dabney, the Company’s President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Co-founder was named the recipient of the esteemed 2018 Harvard Global Health Catalyst (GHC) Industry Leader Award and was the keynote speaker during the Phytomedicines Session.
According to the Harvard GHC Summit Organizing Committee, Mr. Dabney is recognized for “…establishing groundbreaking partnerships with African institutions to close the cancer and pain divide, investigating safe phytomedicine alternatives to opioids, and providing support for the development of phytomedicines to reduce global health disparities.”
The theme of the Phytomedicines Session was From Farm to Bedside: Advancing Clinical Translation of Medical Cannabis and Other Phytomedicines for Global Health. Mr. Dabney discussed the development of effective cannabinoids and the creation of the Cannabis Science Global Consortium, a research and development framework and platform to cooperate and collaborate with stakeholders worldwide. Cannabis Science’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Allen Herman, moderated the Phytomedicines Session and also presented on the role of cannabinoids in reducing the pain therapeutic divide between developed and developing countries, and CBIS’ research and development plan. Pan African Ambassador for Food Security and member of the Cannabis Science Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Brylyne Chitsunge, discussed opportunities to cultivate, extract, manufacture, package, and distribute cannabinoids in Sub-Saharan Africa along with the task of educating the rest of the continent through actions and success. The Ambassador’s main take away for the audience was the emphasis of the importance of micro-nutrition and food security within the overall approach to improve healthcare outcomes throughout all of Africa.