Jefferson Receives $3 Million from Barry and Joy Lambert to Support Research in Medicinal Cannabis & Hemp
The Institute of Emerging Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University has received a $3 million gift from Australian philanthropists, Barry and Joy Lambert, to support its Center for Medical Cannabis Education and Research.
Jefferson celebrated the renaming of its Center of Cannabis Research and Education (CMCER) to the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp in honor of the visionary couple.
As an infant, Barry and Joy’s granddaughter, Katelyn, was diagnosed with Dravet’s syndrome, a rare genetic abnormality that affects the brain's electric signaling system and causes severe and repetitive seizures. Medical cannabis has been shown to be one of the few therapies that mitigates the seizures caused by the condition, and cannabis derived from hemp indeed gave Katelyn substantial relief. The Lamberts’ gift reflects a belief that more study into medicinal cannabis will offer greater hope for others with this and other diverse conditions.
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