Could Medical Cannabis Break the Painkiller Epidemic? - Scientific American article

Research and experts are suggesting medical cannabis could help reduce opioid consumption,  as a less dangerous alternative to treat chronic pain.  Scientific American published an article summarizing recent research about the subject, and includes a discussion of research on the safety of cannabis used to treat chronic pain published by Mark Ware and colleagues in the Journal of Pain.  

"Experimental clinical trials would provide the most definitive proof on any cause-and-effect relation between medical cannabis and reduced opioid use" says Mark Ware.  

Mark Ware named vice-chair of the new Canadian Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation

The governement of Canada has recently announced the launch of Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation, chaired by the Honourable Anne McLellan, and vice-chaired by Dr. Mark Ware.  This task force is made up of nine distinguished experts in public health, substance abuse, law enforcement and justice.  

PRF Webinar: Dorsal Horn Circuits Underlying Touch-Evoked Pain After Nerve Injury, by Reza Sharif-Naeini

Reza Sharif-Naeini

PRF will host a webinar with Reza Sharif-Naeini, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, on Wednesday, June 15, from 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Eastern (US) time, in which he will discuss his recent research on dorsal horn pain circuitry. After his talk, there will be a panel discussion featuring:
Rebecca Seal, University of Pittsburgh, US
Daniel Voisin, Université de Bordeaux, France
Andrew Todd, University of Glasgow, UK (moderator)

Optogenetics: using light to fight chronic pain

Research by Dr. Philippe Séguéla and his team, in collaboration with many members of the pain research network, shows that a treatment with light can alleviate pain in genetically modified mice by specifically turning off the activity of neurons expressing pain receptors called Nav1.8 + nociceptors. This optogenetic approache, using light to control gene expression, has multiple advantages, since it depends on a non-invasive treatment, light, that can be applied in a controlled and precise manner, thereby controlling the activity of specific neurons.  

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