"Highs and Lows": Cannabis Use, Genetics, & Mental Illness

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Monday, November 6, 2017

As Canada moves to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes, public education is a public health priority requiring increased public investments in prevention programmes, research, and healthcare supports and services across the population. Citizen engagement with these issues to find our way forward together is critical. NTE Impact Ethics (Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University) has partnered with Citadel High School to host a public talk for youth (event #1) as well as with Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia to stage a Café panel discussion for parents and the
general public (event #2). Both events aim to democratize science and build health and ethics literacy with respect to the risks of cannabis use for producing mental illness and the growing role of genetic counseling in understanding, preventing, and effectively treating these illnesses. Come join the conversation lead by researchers with expertise in medical genetics, genetic counseling, and psychiatry.


DR. JEHANNINE AUSTIN (speakers & panelist, RSC College Member) is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry & Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia. where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics.
DR. RUDOLF UHER (panelist, RSC College Member) is Canada Research Chair in Early Intervention in Psychiatry, Associate Professor (Psychiatry) at Dalhousie University, and clinical senior lecturer in affective disorders at King’s College London, UK.
TIMOTHY KRAHN (moderator & organizer) is a researcher at NTE Impact Ethics (Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie). NTE has hosted or co-hosted over 100 public education events since 2005, including a film series (2007-2011) on the ethics of mental health,

6 November 2017 (daytime) Citadel High School, 1855 Trollope St., Halifax NS, B3H 0A4
6 November 2017 (7‐9PM) at Just Us! Coffeehouse, 5896 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax NS, B3H 0A6
** Both events will aim for smaller-sized audiences (40-75) to allow for intimacy to promote discussion.