This Alberta Scientist Received Worldwide Attention For His Cannabis and COVID-19 Study. But Getting Funding and a Clinical Trial Going in Canada Remains a Massive Challenge

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NEWS This Alberta scientist received worldwide attention for his cannabis and COVID-19 study. But getting funding and a clinical trial going in Canada remains a massive challenge A lack of funding and limited interest from the federal government, on top of working through a global pandemic, has created a challenging environment, professor says By Sam Riches University of Lethbridge researcher Igor Kovalchuk is leading a study on medical cannabis as a potential therapy for COVID-19. Summited photo

Dr. Igor Kovalchuk, a biological scientist and professor at the University of Lethbridge, wasn’t expecting his phone to ring this much.

In April, he and a team of researchers and biologists published preclinical research in PrePrints, a multidisciplinary publishing platform, that demonstrated certain cultivars (strains of cannabis) may reduce the rate of entry of COVID-19 into human cells.

But despite the worldwide interest the research garnered, Kovalchuk says it has been difficult to move the study forward in Canada, where a lack of funding and limited interest from the federal government, on top of working through a global pandemic, has created a challenging environment.

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