Medicinal cannabis research gets $33m from grandparents of girl with epilepsy

The grandparents of three-year-old girl with a rare form of epilepsy have made a $33.7m donation to the University of Sydney to fund medicinal cannabis research.

Announcing their donation at the university on Friday, Barry and Joy Lambert said international research suggested their granddaughter Katelyn, who suffers hundreds of seizures each day, may benefit from medicinal cannabis treatment.

A meeting with researchers at the university to discuss Katelyn’s condition, known as Dravet syndrome, led her family to believe that more detailed research needed to be carried out, Barry Lambert said.

“Not only for the possible benefit of children with childhood epilepsy, like our Katelyn, but also for its potential benefits for a wide range of other conditions that may benefit from extensive research into the cannabis plant,” he said.

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