New Center for Medical Cannabis Research to Bridge Knowledge Gaps From Bench to Bedside
While the CMCR is based at U of U Health, it is a statewide institution that aims to foster collaborations between institutes of research and higher learning across Utah. The center will work in partnership with Utah State University, for instance, which has been growing cannabis for research purposes since 2019. The center is also currently doing a nationwide search for a director.
The CMCR receives state funding annually to support its research directives. Jennifer Dailey-Provost, MBA, District 22 representative in the Utah House of Representatives, sponsored the bill that funds the CMCR. Dailey-Provost is also a graduate student in population health sciences at U of U Health and says that the research knowledge, expertise, and existing infrastructure at the university make it an ideal hub to support medical cannabis research statewide.
“This is one of the premier research institutions in the nation,” Dailey-Provost adds. “We couldn’t ask for a better place to keep the heart of a meaningful research program than the University of Utah.”