The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) will host a virtual, two-day symposium on October 17-18, 2024 highlighting the state of science in medicinal cannabis research. The main scientific session of the 2024 CMCR Symposium will highlight emerging clinical and translational research on the role of cannabis, cannabinoids, and the endocannabinoid system in healthy aging, dementia, and cancer biology. We will also explore cannabis use among older adults and people with cancer and have a poster session.

Virtual Event
October 17-18, 2024
8:00AM-12:00PM PDT



Registration - now open


Agenda at a Glance

Day 1: Thursday, October 17, 2024
Welcome from the CMCR Director, Igor Grant, MD
2024 CMCR Symposium Awards (8:00 - 10:00 AM)
CMCR Special Lectures (10:00 - 11:00 AM) 
Session on Healthy Aging (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM) 
Poster Session (12:00 - 1:00 PM)

Day 2: Friday, October 18, 2024
Session on Dementia (8:00 - 9:00 AM)
Session on Cancer Treatment (9:00 - 10:00 AM)
Session on Use of Cannabis and Cannabinoids Among Older Adults and People with Cancer (10:00 - 11:00 AM)
Panel discussion with representatives from the National Institutes of Health (11:00 - 11:55 AM)
Closing Remarks from the CMCR Director, Igor Grant, MD (11:55 AM - 12:00 PM)

View the detailed agenda here.



Igor Grant, MD, FRCP(C) Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, UC San Diego
David J. Grelotti, MD Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Director, Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, UC San Diego
Tom Marcotte, PhD Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Director, Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, UC San Diego
JH Atkinson, MD
Professor of Psychiatry (Emeritus), Co-Director, Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, UC San Diego
Steve Gust, PhD
Advisor to the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research
Alexandros Makriyannis, PhD
Director of the Center for Drug Discovery, Profess of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, George D. Behrakis Chair in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Northeastern University
Mark Ware, MBBS, MSc, MRCP, ICD.D 
Associate Professor of Family Medicine, McGill University
Nathaniel Schuster, MD 
Associate Professor, Center for Pain Medicine, Dept of Anesthesiology, UC San Diego
Veena Ranganath, MD, MS
Clinical Professor, UCLA
Alison Moore, MD, MPH, FACP 
Professor of Medicine, Chief, Div of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care, UC San Diego
Kim Finley, PhD 
Shiley BioScience Center, San Diego State University
Michael Petrascheck, PhD
Professor, Dept of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Scripps Research Institute
Pamela Maher, PhD
Research Professor, Salk Institute
Krista Lanctot, PhD 
Bernick Chair in Geriatric Psychopharmacolgy; Director, Neuropsychopharmacology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Senior Scientist, Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute; Professor of Psychiatry & Pharmacology, Vice Chair, Basic and Clinical Sciences, Dept of Psychiatry, Univ of Toronto
Brent Forester, MD, MSc 
Dr. Frances S. Arkin Chair of Psychiatry; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine; Chief and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Tufts Medical Center; Director of Behavioral Health, Tufts Medicine
Nephi Stella, PhD 
Professor, Dept of Pharmacology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle
Chris Twelves, PhD
Professor of Clinical Cancer Pharmacology and Oncology, University of Leeds
Joseph Califano, MD 
Professor, Department of Surgery, UC San Diego
Ilana Braun, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Patricia Di Ciano, PhD
Independent Scientist, Institute for Mental Health & Policy Research; Assistant professor, Dept of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Toronto
Linda Hill, MD, MPH
Distinguished Professor and Assistant Dean, School of Public Health, UC San Diego
Alexis Bakos, PhD, MPH, RN
Program Director, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology, NIA
Andrew Freedman, PhD
Chief, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program, Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch, NCI
David Shurtleff, PhD
Deputy Director, NCCIH, NIH
Susan Weiss, PhD, Director, Division of Extramural Research, NIDA

2024 Speaker bios - coming soon.



2024 Supporters - coming soon.



Attention trainees and faculty:

A virtual poster session highlighting emerging findings in medicinal cannabis research will take place on Thursday, October 17, 2024 from 12:00-1:00PM Pacific (3:00-4:00PM Eastern). We welcome the submission of any abstract broadly related to research of cannabis, cannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system, and/or health. Those selected to present a poster will prepare a pre-recorded oral presentation that will be showcased on the symposium website and present “live” in a breakout room linked to the symposium Zoom conference portal.

If you wish to be considered for a poster presentation, please mark the appropriate box when you register for the 2024 CMCR Symposium. We will then follow up with you with additional details on how to submit your 400-word, structured abstract and prepare your presentation. Please make note of the following timeline:

     Deadline for Abstract Submission – Friday, August 30, 2024 at 11:59PM

     Notification of Abstract Acceptance – Friday, September 6, 2024

     If Accepted, Deadline for Submission of the Pre-recorded Lecture – Thursday, October 4, 2024 at 11:59PM

     Poster Session – Thursday, October 17, 2024 from 12:00-1:00PM Pacific (3:00-4:00PM Eastern)

Pre-recorded videos in the Poster Session - coming soon.


CME credits available

Attention clinicians: 

Free CME is still available for the 2023 CMCR Symposium. Click here to view the activity and claim CME.



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