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Israel Medical Cannabis
Israel Medical Cannabis


Kfar Hammaccabiah, Israel


April 23-26.2018

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2018-04-23 08:00:00 2018-04-26 15:00:00 Asia/Jerusalem The 1st international Conference Of Medical Cannabis Cannaan Kfar Hammaccabiah, Israel ARO

About the conference

Abstract submission is now available again until 8.3.18 noon

Please note- the submitted abstract will be considered only for poster-stand presentation and only for pre-registered participants. The Abstract will be evaluated by the scientific committee of the conference and ARO committee for sponsorships.

האפשרות להגשת תקצירים הוארכה עד 8.3.18 12 בצהרים שעון ישראל

אנא שימו לב- תקצירים אלו מיועדים רק להצגת פוסטר-דוכן ורק לאלו שנרשמו לכנס. התקצירים יבחנו על ידי הועדה המדעית של הכנס ועל ידי ועדת החסויות של מינהל המחקר החקלאי.

Registrations that was cancelled before  January 22nd, 2018 will be fully refunded.

In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of medical cannabis and there has been significant progress in understanding the scientific basis for its mode of action. Cannabis is now recognized as a source of many compounds that have beneficial medical effects for a variety of symptoms.  Israel is one of the world’s leading countries in the extent of use of medical grade cannabis. The legal basis for such use of cannabis has been codified in Israel as "medicalization", regulation outlines that regulate access to and supply of medical grade cannabis on the one hand and control of the cannabis- based medicinal products on the other.

We invite you to participate in the 1st International Conference on Medical Cannabis, which will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 23-26, 2018.

Sessions will include:

• Regulation and Medicalization • Hi-Tech agriculture • Socio-demographic aspects of medical cannabis • Endocannabinoids • Phytocannabinoids • Good Clinical Practices • Clinical studies • Development of cannabis based treatments and medicine • Economic issues related to Medical cannabis 

The international conference is expected to attract scientists, regulators, medical personnel, farmers and policy stakeholders, interested in this vibrant field of medical cannabis.

We look forward to you joining us in this thrilling event.

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Event Location: Kfar Hammaccabiah-Ramat gan– Israel

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For your convenience we have prepared a list of hotels located near the event venue.
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Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv - Diamond District

Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv - Diamond District

Set in Tel Aviv’s Diamond Exchange District and offering a panoramic rooftop pool and bar, the Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv - Diamond District is an upscale boutique hotel brand by InterContinental Hotels Group. Its guests can enjoy a spa, an award-winning restaurant serving Kosher cuisine, and air-conditioned rooms with an iPod docking station. Wi-Fi is free throughout.
Hotel Rothschild 22

Hotel Rothschild 22

All rooms at the Rothschild 22 hotel are decorated with calm colour schemes, a 48" HD TV and Nespresso coffee machine. The bathroom includes bathrobes, slippers and L'Occitane beauty products.

Breakfast is served daily at the Gallery 22 restaurant on site.
kfar Maccabiah Hotel & Suites

kfar Maccabiah Hotel & Suites

Surrounded by gardens, Kfar Maccabiah is in Tel Aviv's Metropolitan Area, close to both Ben Gurion and Sde Dov airports. Guests enjoy free use of a sports club featuring 5 swimming pools including two indoor pools, 14 tennis courts, as well as basketball and racquetball courts.
Leonardo city tower tel-aviv hotel

Leonardo city tower tel-aviv hotel

Leonardo City Tower Hotel Tel Aviv is set in the Diamond Exchange district of Ramat Gan. It features a top-class restaurant, a swimming pool and a gym.

The modern guest rooms come with free WiFi access, air conditioning and cable TV. Room service is available 24-hours a day. Free international calls to 60 countries worldwide can be made from the rooms.
Alexander Tel Aviv Hotel

Alexander Tel Aviv Hotel

This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Offering a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Alexander Tel Aviv Hotel & Spa is a boutique-hotel located in a quiet street just off the beach. Its spacious suites offer free WiFi.

Scientific Program (TBD) List of keynote and invited speakers. Additional oral or poster presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts.

08:00 - 19:00

Arrival and registration

19:00 - 21:00

Welcome Reception

08:00 - 08:30


08:30 - 09:00

Opening remarks and congratulations

09:00 - 09:30

Keynote speaker

09:30 - 10:00

Keynote speaker

The Great US Cannabis Experiment

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 - 11:45

Session Ia: Regulation, Medicalization in Israel and Worldwide

• KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Arnon Afek, Associate DG and Director of the General Hospital, Sheba Medical Center Director of the NY MD Program Sackler School of Medicine TAU, Former DG Israel MOH
• Yuval Landshaft- IMCA- Israel Ministry of Health
• Hanan Bazak- SHAHAM- Israel Ministry of Agriculture
• Prof. Abed Gera- Services for Plant Protection- Israel Ministry of Agriculture
• Att. Yifat Raveh- Counseling and Legislation Department, Ministry of Justice, Israel
The Use of Cannabis: Criminal Approach vs. Medical Approach
• Adam Miller- Medical Cannabis Melbourne, Australia
Australia, ripe for Cannabis Collaboration

11:45 - 13:00

Session II: Research in phytocannabinoids

• Prof. Zvi Vogel- Department of Neurobiology Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Regulatory effects of CBD in autoimmune, myelin specific T cells
• Dr. Dvory Namdar- ARO, Volcani Center, Israel
Manipulation and design of cannabis' secondary metabolites compositions targeted for the treatment of inflammation using ultra-sensitive biological methods
• Prof. Shimon Ben Shabat- Ben Gurion University, Israel
Potential protective role of the cannabinoid receptor system on retinal pigment epithelium cells in an in-vitro model of age-related macular degeneration
• Prof. Reuven Or- Hadassah Medical Center, Israel
The effects of Cannabis/cannabinoids treatment in bone marrow transplantation- murine model.

13:00 - 13:30

Keynote speaker

The therapeutic potential of THC in age-related disorders

13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:30

Panel: Medical cannabis for patient's care

15:30 - 15:45


15:45 - 17:00

Session IVa: Clinical studies and cannabis-based drug development

• Prof. Moshe Yeshurun- Rabin Medical Center Petah-Tikva Israel
Cannabidiol – An innovative strategy for the prevention and treatment of Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD)
• Prof. Victor Novack- Soroka Clinical Research Center, Beer Sheva, Israel
Medical Cannabis: What is the current research status and what should be done?
• Dr. Timna Naftali- Meir Hospital, Kfar Saba
Cannabis in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases – from anecdotal use to medicalization?
• Dr. Ilya Resnik- MaReNa Diagnostic and Consulting Center, Bat-Yam/Tel-Aviv, & , Israel National Forum for Cannabis in Medicine.
Quality of life in patients using Cannabis for medicinal purposes

16:40 - 17:00


11:45 - 13:30

Session III: Hi Tech Agriculture

• Dr. Nirit Bernstein- Institute of soil Water and environmental Sci, Volcani Center, Israel
Environmental effects on plant development and gradients of therapeutic secondary-metabolites in medical cannabis
• Dr. Dedi Meiri- Technion, Israel Institute of Technology Israel
Analyzing the full spectrum of phytocannabinoids revealed the importance of pre and post harvest treatments in Cannabis
• Roei Zerahia - Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, The Industrial Engineering and Management School, Israel
A grower point of view- from farm to pharma
• Dr. Avraham Arbel- Institute for Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) – the Volcani Center, Israel
Advanced climate control systems for year-round greenhouses
• Ari Eyal- Bazelet group
Accurate reproducible tailor-made medical cannabis products – Challenges and solutions

13:30 - 14:30


15:45 - 17:00

Session Va: Policy of medical cannabis and the society

• Dr. Dana Zarhin- Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Haifa
Distinguishing between medicalization and legalization: Israeli stakeholders' perceptions
• Dr. Nehama Lewis- Department of Communication, University of Haifa
Media Messages on Medical Cannabis
• Dr. Sharon Sznitman- School of Public Health, University of Haifa
How do licensed medical cannabis use differ from recreational cannabis use and unlicensed medical use?
• Dr. Maya Lavie-Ajayi- The Spitzer Department of Social Work, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and The Israeli Center for Qualitative Research of People and Societies, BGU A restored self: Narratives about the use of medical Cannabis for chronic pain

08:00 - 08:30


08:30 - 09:00

Keynote speaker

Endocannabinoid Signaling in Neuroinflammatory Disorders: Action Points for Novel Therapeutics

09:00 - 09:30

Keynote speaker

Targeting Endogenous Cannabinoid-regulating Enzymes to Treat Neuropathic Pain in Mice

09:30 - 10:45

Session IVb: Clinical studies and cannabis-based drug development

• Prof. Gil Bar Sela- Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel
Clinical studies on combined cannabis in oncology treatments: awareness and caution are needed
• Prof. Uri Kramer- Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel
CBD-Enriched Cannabis Oil treatment for Refractory Epilepsy - Prospective open label registry.
• Dr. David Soriano- Sheba Medical Center, Israel
The Clinical Significance of Endocannabinoids in Endometriosis Pain Management.
• Dr. Tanya Gurevitch- Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel
Medical cannabis in Parkinson's disease: real-life patients' experience
• Dr. Adi Aran, MD Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Cannabidiol-rich medical cannabis in children with autism- a retrospective feasibility study

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:15

Session Ib: Regulation, Medicalization in Israel and Worldwide

• Dr. Hagit Bonny-Noach, P.h.D, Department of Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Ariel University, Israel. Consultant, Israel Anti- Drug Authority (IADA)- Social and cultural aspects of patients who are prescribed medical cannabis in Israel
• Suzan Ben-Ezra, Manager of treatment and rehabilitation development, ministry of public security - Social responsibility – policy of social consequence of cannabis for medical use
• Dr. Miki Dor- IMCA- Israel Ministry of Health
Cannabis for medical purposes- from illegal substance to promising medication.
• Boaz Albo- IMCA- Israel Ministry of Health
Cannabis Research and Development in Israel Leading the Way towards Evidence Based Medicine
• Dr Liat Shbiro - Cannabis Clinical Research Institute, Soroka University Medical Center and Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel Leading the Way towards Evidence Based Medicine

12:15 - 13:00

Session VII: Research in endocannabinoids

• Dr. Sharon Anavi Goffer- Ariel University, Ariel, Israel
Battling cancer with phytocannabinoids
• Dr. Yosi Tam- Faculty of Dental Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Modulating Glucose Transport by the Endocannabinoid/CB1 Receptor System

13:00 - 13:30

Keynote speaker

The Endocannabinoid System as a target for therapeutic drugs

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch brake

14:30 - 15:30

Panel: Regulation of Medical cannabis

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 - 17:00

Session VIII: Frontiers in Medical Cannabis

• Dr. Orna Dreazen- Nextar chempharma solutions Ltd. Cannabis based drug products- the way forward
• Perry Davidson- Founder, CEO, SYQE MEDICAL
The Syqe inhaler platform: a leap in drug research technology
5 min oral presentations

17:00 - 18:30


09:30 - 10:45

Session VI: Cannabis genetic resources and quality control

Dr. Grassi Gianpaolo- a. Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Cereal and Industrial Crops, Italy Medicinal Cannabis production in Italy and effect of light spectrum on Cannabis sativa l. morphology and cannabinoid content
• Dr. Sergei V. Grigorev- Cannabis Species Genetic Resources Federal Research Center – VIR, Russia
Factors that have the effect on Cannabidiol amount of outdoor Cannabis Sativa l.
• Prof. Zohara Yaniv- Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, Israel
Cannabis: A journey through the Ages
• Rafi Gamson- Agriculture Manager, Institute of Quality & Control Ltd. - IQC, Petah-Tikva, Israel IMC-G.A.P Standard, published by the IMCA, regulates the good agricultural practices and the certification of farms of medical cannabis

12:15 - 12:45

Keynote speaker

What do clinicians and patients want and need to know about treatments with cannabis-based medicines?

12:45 - 13:30

Session Vb: Policy of medical cannabis and the society

• Dr. Shaul Lev-Ran- Sackler Faculty of Medicine Tel Aviv University, Israel
Psychiatric outcomes of cannabis use – the current state of knowledge and methodological challenges
• Prof. Irit Akirav- Laboratory for Learning and Memory University of Haifa, Israel
Cannabinoids as the therapeutic intervention in stress related
• Yuval Zolotov- School of Public Health, University of Haifa
Medical cannabis: an oxymoron? Physicians’ perceptions of medical cannabis


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