University of New Brunswick hires first research chair in cannabis health

The University of New Brunswick has appointed Canada’s first academic research chair in cannabis health, The Globe and Mail has learned.

Yang Qu, a plant biochemist currently at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., will begin the new position in January. The tenure-track job will be split between the departments of chemistry and chemical engineering and is thought to be the first of its kind in the world.

Dr. Qu’s appointment, which comes more than a year after the cannabis chair was announced, is an important step for UNB, which aspires to be a global leader in cannabis research and is laying the groundwork to make cannabis-related studies and courses a new academic pillar at the Fredericton-based institution.

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“The industry is crying out for some really strong, bona fide research efforts because much of the evidence [on cannabis] has been anecdotal,” said David MaGee, vice-president

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