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Biochemistry seminar – Professor Michelle Glass

Synthetic cannabinoids: What we know, what we need to know

Synthetic cannabinoids are the fastest-growing group of novel psychoactive substances across the world. Compared to cannabis, they have been associated with much higher levels of toxicity and harm in the community.

We have investigated the fundamental molecular pharmacology of a diverse range of synthetic cannabinoids in the search for a “molecular fingerprint” that might be associated with toxicity. Here I will present data on the basic signalling and metabolism of AMB FUBINACA, the synthetic cannabinoid that has been associated with over 65 deaths in New Zealand over the past few years. We have then compared the signalling of a broad range of novel synthetic cannabinoids with THC and AMB FUBINACA.

I will highlight the key missing knowledge in our efforts to understand the relationship between function and toxicity.

Date Tuesday, 26 October 2021
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Undergraduate students,Postgraduate students,Staff
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Academic
Seminar
CampusDunedin
DepartmentBiochemistry
LocationBiochemistry Seminar Room G.13 (BIG13), Dunedin
CostFree
Contact NameDepartment of Biochemistry
Contact Emailbiochemistry@otago.ac.nz

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