Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Fergusson Seminar Wed. on Cannabis & Psychosis.

Cannabis and Psychotic Symptoms: Is There a Causal Link?
SCIENCE PRESTIGE LECTURE organized by the College of Science,

University of Canterbury

Professor David Fergusson, Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago

When: Wed, 6th June,
Time: 11.00-12noon,
Where: Room 105, Laws School, University of Canterbury

Abstract:

Cannabis and Psychotic Symptoms: Is There a Causal Link?
Professor David Fergusson
Christchurch School of Medicine & Health Sciences, New Zealand

This presentation will use data from the Christchurch Health & Development Study (CHDS) to examine the linkages between exposure to cannabis use and rates of psychosis/psychotic symptoms. The CHDS is a longitudinal study of a birth cohort of 1,265 children born in 1977 that has been studied to the age of 30. Key issues to be examined include: confounding; reverse causality; and the pathways linking cannabis use to the development of psychotic symptoms. The implications of these findings for the regulation of cannabis use and supply will be considerable.

Brief Biographical Details

For the last 30 years, Professor David Fergusson has been the Principal Investigator and Executive Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS). The CHDS is an internationally renowned longitudinal study of a birth cohort of 1,265 New Zealand children born in mid 1977. This cohort has now been studied from birth to the age of 25. Professor Fergusson is the author of over 300 scientific articles and books. His recent work has included research into: childhood sexual and physical abuse; family violence; youth unemployment; teenage pregnancy; juvenile delinquency; substance abuse; and youth mental health. His major research interests are the design and analysis of correlational studies and the study of personal adjustment in adolescence. He is also actively involved in the development and evaluation of an early intervention project - Early Start - a home visitation programme designed to address the needs of at-risk families with young children. He is fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and an honorary fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society.

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