Monday, February 10 marked a celebration of the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Institute of Cannabis Research and Chuncheon Bioindustry Foundation.
“We are excited to enter into this MOU with the Chuncheon Bioindustry Foundation to facilitate collaboration on research topics of mutual interest and benefit,” said Chad Kinney, Director of Institute of Cannabis Research and chemistry professor at CSU-Pueblo. “Furthermore, we are pleased to host the delegations from the Chuncheon Bioindustry Foundation and Chuncheon City and to introduce them to the ICR, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and the Pueblo area.”
This is recognition of the importance of institution of higher education’s role in promoting international collaboration and increased contribution to social development.
“This MOU signifies the growing recognition of the ICR under the leadership of Dr. Kinney and the support of the ICR governing board. It also reflects the successful efforts of the ICR staff and CSU-Pueblo faculty in building collaborations at all levels in Cannabis research and education. The signing of this MOU comes few days after the approval of the first bachelor of science degree of its kind in Colorado in Cannabis Biology and Chemistry to be offered at CSU-Pueblo.”Mohamed Abdelrahman, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs for CSU-Pueblo
“As the ICR has matured over the past few years so have the activities and collaborations that we have engaged in including the development of domestic and international partnerships,” said Kinney.
This partnership is a result of the cultivation of relationships by Kinney and Sang-Hyuck Park, ICR senior scientist and research liaison. In fall 2019 Kinney and Park traveled to Seoul, South Korea to speak at the International Symposium on Advanced Materials and Application iSAMA 2019 Conference. This allowed Kinney and Park to engage in numerous discussion with conference organizers and participants about research and potential research projects.
The ICR was established in June 2016 and is the nation’s first multi-disciplinary cannabis research center at a regional, comprehensive institution. The primary function of the Institute is the generation of knowledge that contributes to science, medicine, and society through investigation of the benefits and risks associated with cannabis. Other key components of the Institute include an annual academic research conference and the peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary Journal of Cannabis Researchin partnership with Springer Nature.