Prof. Lumir Hanus
School of Pharmacy, The Hebrew University
Professor Lumír Hanuš, a native of the Czech Republic, is an expert analytic chemist and leading authority in the field of medical cannabis research at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. With an M.S. and Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, and a Dr.Sc. in pharmaceutical chemistry, he has been studying cannabis since the fall 1970. Following the 1989 Velvet Revolution, which ushered in a democratic regime in the Czech Republic, he was invited to do research at the Hebrew University, where – together with an American molecular pharmacologist – he first described –the structure of anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter. His award-winning research serves as the basis for much of what we know about the plant today. More recently, Professor Hanuš was invited to help run The International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI) in Prague. The institute, which will operate closely with Charles University in Prague, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Masaryk University in Brno, will apply evidence based research combined with patient experience to continue to contribute to the use of cannabis in the treatment of various diseases. Professor Hanuš has received multiple awards and nominations for excellence in the science and his contributions to the field of cannabis study and research.