RICH Awardee Showcase

RICH Awardee Showcase

On Wednesday, August 12, the Research Investments in Cannabis and Hemp (RICH) funding competition awardees shared their research projects via Zoom webinar. A video of the event is available at this link:

The primary goal of RICH is to propel promising advancements in cannabis and hemp at UC Davis to gain new levels of support from federal, state, corporate and philanthropic entities in order to deliver significant impact to our community. Successful applications were those with the greatest potential for future discovery and innovation, judged by their scientific merit, potential impact on society and sustainability.

Funding for the grants was provided by the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, with additional contributions extended by the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) based on the quality of applications received. The BHCOE mission is to expand research opportunities, accelerate innovation for future funding with a vision of better understanding the brain and behavior, and to bridge sciences with policy and educate the next generation to be leaders for mental health.

RICH Grant Recipients

PI: E. Charles Brummer, Director and Professor, Center for Plant Breeding
Inheritance of Reproductive Phenology in Hemp

PI: Henning Langer, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physiology & Membrane Biology
Co-PI:   Keith Baar, Professor of Physiology & Membrane Biology
Co-PI:   Agata Mossakowski, MD/PhD, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
The effect of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannbinol (THC) in a congenital muscular dystrophy

PI: Mark Mascal, Professor of Chemistry
Co-PI:   Michael Rogawski, Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology
The development of dihydrocannabidiol (H2CBD) as a safer and more effective form of CBD

PI: Tran Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Environmental Toxicology
Co-PI:   Kent Pinkerton, Professor of Pediatrics; Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology; Director of the Center for Health and the Environment
The role of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Vitamin E Acetate in E-cigarette and Vaping-related Lung Illness (EVALI)

PI: Keith Taylor, Assistant CE Specialist, Community Economic Development, Department of Human Ecology
Mendocino County’s Cannabis and Hemp Industries: Drawing Stakeholders Out of the Shadows through Market Incentives, Regulatory Compliance, Economic Development, and University Partnerships