Director of the NIB, Department of Genetic Toxicology and Cancer Biology, Slovenia
LECTURE: Cannabis as novel drug for longer survival of cancer patients
Prof. Tamara Lah Turnšek holds a BS in Organic Chemistry, a PhD in Biochemistry, both from the University of Ljubljana. Lah has been the Director of National Institute of Biology (NIB) in Ljubljana since 1996, leading the 3rd largest public research institution for natural sciences in Slovenia. She established the Department of Genetic Toxicology and Cancer Biology and is the Programme leader of this research group. Recently, her research has focused on brain tumours - glioma and the role of normal stem cells in tumour progression and therapy.
In her lecture whe will give insights to her studies and findings, using cannabis als drug for cancer patients:
Cannabinoids have a role in the treatment of cancer as palliative interventions against nausea, vomiting, pain, anxiety, and sleep disturbances. THC and nabilone are also used for anorexia and weight loss.
As cannabinoids receptors are highly expressed in brain and in particular in brain tumors, the glioblastoma, relatively more attention has been paid to understand and prove the effects of cannabinoids in this type of cancer. The in vitro studies have clearly shown the anti-proliferative effects, cell death and at lower doses reduced invasion of glioblastoma cells.
Lecture in English