"Medicinal Use of Cannabis"

Monday, April 1, 2019 • 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Mercy College of Health Sciences 


Join Mercy College of Health Sciences on Monday, April 1, 2019, from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm to dive deep into the multifaceted problem of cannabinoid usage in medicine. Prospective includes public health, biological action, usage in medicine, production, and future applications. Industry leaders from the Department of Public Health, University of Iowa, and MedPharm will speak on their expertise including an open Q&A session. Poster presentations will occur between sessions.

Participants will be able to describe the biological actions which occur when using medical cannabis, identify scope of usage in Iowa for medical cannabis, and explore future applications for medical cannabis. 
The 14th Annual Research Symposium is sponsored by the Mercy College Research Advisory Council and Mercy College Alumni Association.


The symposium is free to all attendees. Please register here.

Submit an Abstract
To participate in the poster presentation and submit your abstract, please sign up here. Poster awards for multiple categories available. Students are encouraged to participate. Deadline to enter is March 29, 2019.

Continuing Education
Nurses will be awarded contact hours from MercyOne - Des Moines, Iowa Board of Nursing provider #17. (Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be given.)


11:30 am - 11:45 pm         Poster Setup
12:00pm - 12:30 pm          Poster Judging, Poster Viewing, Registration

12:30 pm - 12:35 pm        Welcome

   12:35 pm - 1:10 pm         "Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Law Implementation"

Owen Parker, MPH, (Department of Public Health)

  • Review the medical cannabidiol law as it pertains to program stakeholders and identify the types of educational materials that are provided by the Department. 
  • Review how Iowa compares to other medical cannabis programs, and how proposed expansion bills could impact our own.  
  • Review what we have seen in Iowa's program to-date.

1:10 pm - 1:45 pm          "Technical Primer for Medical Cannabis"

Karry Smith, PhD, MPH (MedPharm)

  • Describe basics of the endocannabinoid system
  • Describe different classes of cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBN, and others)
  • Analyze current pharmaceutical agents (Sativex, Marinol, etc)
  • Analyze current status of cannabinoid research (safety, toxicity, drug-drug interatcion)

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm             Poster Session

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm         " Research on the Effects of Cannabis Use in Multiple Sclerosis – Dazed and Confused?"

Thorsten Rudroff, Ph.D., FACSM (University of Iowa)

  • Describe the current status of cannabis use in patients with multiple sclerosis.
  • Analyze knowledge gaps in usage of cannabinoids in multiple sclerosis.
  • Identify future directions of research on multiple sclerosis treatment.

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm            "Medical Cannabis in Iowa - A Manufacturer's Perspective"


Rebecca Lucas, BS (MedPharm)

  • Describe the manufacturing process at MedPharm Iowa (growing of plants, extraction of oil, formulation of products, testing procedures)
  • Evaluate Dispensary Process (focus on the patient experience)
  • Identify challenges the program is currently facing

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm              Panel Q&A           Thoorsten Rudroff, Karry Smith, Owen Parker, and Rebecca Lucas

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm             Awards and Evaluations

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