Yang Qu aims to guide the road in solving the ability of cannabis – both commercially and medicinally – just as one of the largest drug researchers in Canada.
The age of 35 is his / her; The first academic researcher in the country that aims to cannabis only.
"Legal investigations have been released on this plant," said Qu, who will start in January at New Brunswick University.
There are still many things that we do not know about cannabis, he said.
"The business grows rapidly, as we all know," says Qu. "I am sure that the fascinating biological actions in the future that we gathered from this plant would help to grow their business".
Qu says one of his main goals is to look at the cannabinoids medical ability and design new ways to make them.
Although there are more than 90 different types of channabinoids – chemicals in cannabis – he said we know just about two of them: tetrahydrocannabinol, and its main psychoactive company in a & # 39; plant, and canopy, commonly used for pain relief.
Could explore the cannabinoids types; Scientists could find out about previously unplanned medicine capabilities, Qu.
"Once we have more information about the individual activity of the cannabinoids, we can try to make these cannabinoids in cannabis plants," he said.
Qu also aims to develop the genetics of cannabis plants to reduce production costs and make it easier to grow in cold weather and greenhouses.
He also wants to explore the opportunities that he has to do; Creating cannabinoids instead of taking them from a plant.
For the last few years, Qu, who has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Calgary, has a research at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., Where he learned biosynthesis of anti-cancer drugs: in particular, from the type of Madagascar periwinkle, a type of flowery plant.
Then, he identified the genera that was responsible for making these drugs and moving them to mediation, as a kid, The same answer could be retained to the plant.
Qu said that his work with Madagascar could be directly periwinkle to investigate his & her; cannabis plan.
"From a scientific perspective, they do not have a close relationship. But, you know, it's a plant that's in a plant," he said.
"The search tools are basically distributed from one plant to another site."
He thinks this method is used to make cannabinoids, and said that it would be more and more common.
But before Qu comes to work in January, he said he will consult with government and private sector agencies to see where direct research is required so that it can reduce the focus.