The University of Newcastle, Australia

Sharing knowledge in Stockholm

Friday, 24 January 2020

On a recent trip to Europe, Professor Jennifer Martin had the opportunity to present on her medicinal cannabis research to Professor Claes Hultling and the team at The Spinalis Foundation and The Karolinska Institute.

 Professor Jennifer Martin smiling with Professor Claes Hultling in front of a book casein Stockholm
Professor Claes Hultling hosting Professor Jennifer Martin in Stockholm

Part of the work of The Foundation focuses on research that will improve the rehabilitation and management of spinal cord injuries. The Foundation has financed much of the spinal cord injury research conducted at The Karolinska Institute and the Spinalis Spinal Cord Inquiry Unit at Rehab Station, Stockholm.

The Foundation was keen to learn from Professor Martin the benefits medicinal cannabis could have for people living with spinal cord injuries and about the world-first trial being led through her NHMRC-funded centre of research excellence, the Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE).

Professor Martin said she was delighted to be able to share her expertise on medicinal cannabis, discuss its potential use in areas such as spasticity, a research focus area for The Foundation, and the challenges of this kind of research.

“Medicinal cannabis could be a new hope for many patients across the world. There is initial evidence that cannabis could help some symptoms of multiple sclerosis, nausea induced in chemotherapy and some types of epilepsy, and could potentially provide benefit for other conditions like post-traumatic stress disorders and dementia.”

“However, the knowledge around which compounds, doses, interactions with current medicines, and doses that cause side effects, still need more understanding.”

“International discussions, like with The Spinalis Foundation, help us understand additional areas of benefits that could be explored in different patient groups, while we also continue to safeguard its quality, safety and affordability for these communities.”


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