Investigating Phytochemicals to Improve Brain Function

About this webinar

Join Dr. Katrina Green PhD, a neuropharmacologist from the University of Wollongong, Australia, as she explores the medicinal potential of phytochemicals in improving brain function. Dr. Green PhD will discuss her research aimed at the pharmacological treatment of brain illness by harnessing the vast medicinal potential within the phytochemicals found in the cannabis plant.

With over 600 compounds, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, cannabis offers a rich array of bioactive molecules that hold promise in addressing a myriad of neurological and psychiatric conditions. From deficits in learning and memory to the complex manifestations of depression, anxiety, and psychosis, these phytochemicals exhibit diverse therapeutic properties that could redefine the landscape of brain health interventions.

Her research sheds light on the intricate mechanisms through which these compounds interact with the brain's physiology, offering new avenues for targeted therapeutic interventions with the potential to significantly improve patient outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

Identify the medicinal potential of phytochemicals in cannabis for addressing neurological and psychiatric conditions, including deficits in learning and memory, depression, anxiety, and psychosis.
Evaluate the research in harnessing phytochemicals from cannabis for pharmacological treatment, understanding the innovative approaches developed to enhance patient outcomes.
Understand the intricate mechanisms of phytochemical interaction with brain physiology, and their implications for targeted therapeutic interventions in brain health.

About the speaker

Dr Katrina Green (Weston-Green, PhD) is a neuropharmacologist and Associate Professor in the School of Medical, Indigenous and Health Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research aims to improve the pharmacological treatment of brain illness. Current projects include studying the cannabis plant's phytochemicals for brain function improvement, exploring flavonoids in fruits like plums and blueberries for cognition and vascular health, examining the role of gut bacteria in mental illnesses, and using a protein from the Gila monster's saliva to combat obesity and diabetes caused by antipsychotic treatments. Dr Green is passionate about bridging the gap between medical science and industry (eg horticulture and pharmaceutical) to develop the best medicines that translate to improved health outcomes


When: Tuesday, 12 March 2024

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: Free

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