Dr. Lumír Hanuš – Why is Cannabis a Successful Medicine?

Dr. Lumír Ondřej Hanuš, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Analytical Chemist & Scientist

Lumír Ondřej Hanuš is a Czech analytical chemist and a leading authority in the field of cannabis research. He obtained his M.S. in analytical chemistry (1972), Ph.D. in analytical chemistry (1974) and associate professor in organic chemistry (1994) from Palacký University (Olomouc, Czech Republic) and his D.Sc. in pharmaceutical chemistry (1995) from Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic). He was doing research at Mississippi University (1978-1979), NIDDK, NIH (1997-1998), and NIAAA, NIH (2001-2002). In 1992, he and molecular pharmacologist William Anthony Devane discovered and first described the structure of anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter. Dr. Hanuš is a research fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. He has been awarded among others honorary Doctoral degrees – Chemiae Doctor honoris causa (2007) and Medicinae Doctor honoris causa (2011), the Hanuš Medal (2005), the Addictology Award (2012), Olomouc City Award (2013), and Lifetime Award (2016).