Neuroscience and Non-communicable diseases Seminar Series
Speaker: Prof Mark Connor, Macquarie University
Mark Connor is Professor of Pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. Last century he did a Batchelor of Science at University of Sydney and a PhD at the University of Washington, and has since worked as a researcher at the University of Bristol, University of Sydney, Vollum Institute for Advanced Neuroscience in Portland (Oregon), Pain Management Research Institute at RNSH and the Brain and Mind Research Institute. He has contributed to about 100 papers and probably as many unsuccessful grant applications. He is currently Associate Dean for Higher Degree Research in the Faculty of Medicine, and spends his spare time reading clinical trials applications for the Macquarie University HREC.
Cannabinoids from plants are some of the oldest human medicines, synthetic cannabinoids have been responsible for hundreds of deaths all over the world. In this talk I will outline some of my labs work on new targets for phytocannabinoids, as well as experiments defining the cellular effects of problematic novel synthetic cannabinoids. While the increased therapeutic use of Cannabis proceeds independently of mechanistic insight into how activation of cannabinoid receptors affects disease processes in people, understanding the consequences of cannabinoid receptor activation by the vast arrays of available drugs is likely to provide better treatments, and deeper insight into the working of the brain and immune system.
All welcome. Drinks and nibbles from 3:30pm, seminar starts at 4pm.