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Programme

MedCan Summit has been approved for CME by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand. For more information, click here

The programme for the November MedCan Summit is still to be confirmed. We will endeavour to keep the programme as similar as possible to the original MedCan Summit programme, plus we may add new content now that the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme has taken effect.

Due to travel restrictions it may not be possible for all of our international speakers to attend in-person, so arrangements will be made for them to present virtually, if required.

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  • Main Summit: Tuesday 10 November 2020


  • Pre-Summit Workshops: Monday 9 November 2020


  • Hear from the Goodfather of cannabis, Raphael Mechoulam, who has been studying THC and CBD for more than 30 years.
    Medicine/CPD

  • This talk lays the groundwork of the endocannabinoid system (deficiency syndrome), synthetics, phytocannabinoids (plant, cannabinoids CBD vs CB2, terpenes) delivery mechanisms and contraindications
    Medicine/CPD
    Science

  • Understand the history of cannabis and the current issues with regards to the stigma of cannabis.
    Medicine/CPD

  • Understand the primary business principles required to initiate and grow a successful business within the emerging cannabis industry.
    Industry

  • Learn the chemistry of cannabis, including the cannabinoids, trepenoids and flavonoids.
    Science

  • Dr Arboleda will share current evidence and practical experience in how cannabiniod-based medicines are being use to treat chronic pain and in palliative care management.
    Medicine/CPD

  • Hear Dr Washer's perspective on the unexpected journey from biotech to cannabis medicine and back again.
    Industry

  • Hear about the use of natural product scaffolds for the development of new drugs for epilepsy, neuropathic pain, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and schizophrenia.
    Science

  • Gain an understanding of intellectual property, including infringement risk, how to avoid losing valuable IP, and how to identify important IP assets such as patents, trademarks, know-how and copyrights.
    Science

  • Hear Tom Forrest's reflection on the challenges and opportunities from the cultivation perspective.
    Industry

  • Lunch, exhibition and networking

  • How to use medicinal cannabis in real world practice, including how to use it to treat chronic pain, anxiety, insominia and opioid overuse.
    Medicine/CPD

  • Learn about the options, current industrial practice and future trends for the extraction of cannabis.
    Industry

  • Understand the development of clinical trials and programs for pharmaceutical cannabis for multiple therapeutic indications for public health benefit.
    Science

  • The panel will discuss case studies of medicinal cannabis clinical trials.
    Science

  • Dr Ware will dispell myths about THC, the most researched cannabinoid for therapeutic benefits.
    Medicine/CPD

  • Learn about patients perspective on cannabis use, the data collected on effectiveness and adverse effects of medicinal cannabis.
    Science

  • As medicinal cannabis is a new industry for New Zealand, how can we learn from other countries about regulation?
    Industry

  • Get an overview of pharmaceutical cannabis including safety, clinical evidence, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, interactions, contraindications and dosage forms.
    Medicine/CPD

  • Learn about the implications of prescribing medicinal cannabis in New Zealand from 1 April 2020 as outlined in the new Medicinical Cannabis Regulations.
    Medicine/CPD
    Industry
    NZ Economy
    Policy
    Science
    Technology

  • Patients will share their experiences of using medicinal cannabis.
    Medicine/CPD
    Policy

  • Facilitator & Asia/Pacific - Martin Woodbridge, International Consultant, Woodbridge Research USA/Canada - Brent Zettl, President and CEO, ZYUS Life Sciences Inc. Recent emerging environments - Rhys Cohen, Principal Consultant, FreshLeaf Analytics Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Canada - Dr Maria-Fernanda Arboleda MD, International Director Medical Services, Khiron Life Sciences Corp
    Medicine/CPD
    Industry
    NZ Economy
    Policy
    Science
    Technology

  • Meet and discuss with industry along the supply chain seed to sale
    Industry
    Science
    Technology

  • Round table discussions facilitated by experts covering the following topics; Growing, Processing and Manufacturing, Quality and Testing, Formulation & Regulations
    Industry
    Science
    Technology

  • Round table discussions facilitated by experts covering the following topics; Growing, Processing and Manufacturing, Quality and Testing, Formulation & Regulations
    Industry