Funding will investigate medical cannabis impact on arthritis pain and disease management
LEAMINGTON, ON, July 7, 2015 /CNW/ - Aphria Inc. ("Aphria" or the "Company") (TSX-V:APH) has signed a sponsorship agreement with The Arthritis Society to provide $100,000 for medical marijuana research and education programs. The agreement is effective immediately and extends to March 31, 2016.
With this support, The Arthritis Society will investigate medical cannabis treatment benefits in arthritis pain and disease management and develop medical cannabis educational resources for Canadians living with arthritis. It will also convene a round table discussion to establish consensus in the arthritis community, pinpoint top research priorities and identify funding opportunities.
"Aphria has taken a leadership position in funding high-quality research and developing much-needed educational tools on the topic of medical cannabis," said Joanne Simons, Chief Mission Officer at The Arthritis Society. "Our collective aim is to help Canadians who live with the chronic pain of arthritis. By teaming up, we can accelerate our understanding of medical cannabis as a potential therapeutic option."
"With a growing number of authorized medical marijuana users accessing cannabis as a treatment option for arthritis, it's imperative that physicians and patients have access to evidence-based medical research validating medicinal use and benefits associated with treatment," stated Vic Neufeld, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aphria. "The Arthritis Society is the leader in arthritis research in Canada and we are thrilled to partner with them to expand the body of clinical knowledge in this area of treatment for Canadians living with arthritis."
ABOUT THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY
The Arthritis Society has been setting lives in motion for over 65 years. Dedicated to a vision of living well while creating a future without arthritis, The Society is Canada's principal health charity providing education, programs and support to the over 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis. Since its founding in 1948, The Society has been the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada, investing nearly $190 million in projects that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with arthritis. The Arthritis Society is accredited under Imagine Canada's Standards Program. For more information and to make a donation, visit www.arthritis.ca.
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SOURCE Aphria Inc.