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Real world evidence for medical cannabis – too strong to ignore?

The first in a joint series of three virtual roundtable cannabis education events. The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society, MedCann Support & the Neurology Centre of Toronto have brought together medical global experts for an exploration of medical cannabis in the UK.

Real world evidence for medical cannabis – too strong to ignore?

Cannabis Therapy for Epilepsy – Dr Evan Lewis 16th September

Dr. Evan Cole Lewis is a Pediatric Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist with expertise in epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, electroencephalography (EEG), teleneurology and medical cannabis for the treatment of neurologic disorders. Dr. Lewis is the director of the Neurology Centre of Toronto (NCT) which he established in January 2017. At NCT, Dr. Lewis treats children with a variety of neurological disorders and he also treats adults for concussion, headache and epilepsy.
Dr. Lewis’ interest in medical cannabis began in 2013 while training at Miami Children’s Hospital – one of the major sites for the Epidiolex trials. He has significant clinical experience with medical cannabis in adults and children and is a member of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC), Canadian Childhood Cannabinoid Clinical Trials (C4T), and the Cannabinoid Research Initiative of Saskatchewan (CRIS).

Raphael Mechoulam – 9th September

Dr Raphael Mechoulam: the chemist responsible for isolating Tetrahydrocannabinol addressed attendees in the keynote speech at the International Cannabis Business Conference in Berlin to explain his cannabis research which unleashed the secrets of the cannabis plant.

Best known for his discovery of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the 113 known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Mechoulam jumpstarted the medical revolution which has transformed the debate around cannabis and the lives of so many people.

The future of Medical Cannabis in UK – Dr Benjamin Viaris de Lesegno

Co-founder and CMO of Cellen. Cellen is a HealthTech company on a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with chronic conditions.
I have been an NHS consultant since 2016. I trained in France where I have been Chef de Clinique – Assistant universitaire des hôpitaux de Paris. I practice Obstetrics and Gynaecology and trained in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. I also have an MSc in Genetics. I participate in research and teaching in my daily life.
I have been on several humanitarians missions and have worked in places as different as the slums of India, Syrian refugee camps at the beginning of the war, the Jungle of Calais with migrant population from Africa, the Middle East or South east Asia.
When I am not delivering babies, doing researching on fetal genetic diseases, teaching to medical students or caring for patients in a refugee camp, I actively participate in the Health Tech scenes in France and in the UK. I am the founder and organiser of the first Startup Weekend Health in France and in the UK. I am the Techstars mentor in Health Tech for the London accelerator, belong to the CCIO network, am the Health Tech Chapter Leader for the French Tech, etc.

Benjamin had an open and frank discussion with parents of Medcan about the future of medical cannabis in the UK and access on the NHS.




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