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HHI Symposium

Invited Speakers SYDNEY 2018

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  • Robert C. Clarke – AUTHOR, Ethnobotanist, Plant Breeder & Agronomist

    has studied the relationships between the Cannabis plant and human cultures worldwide and is co-author of "Cannabis: Evolution and ethnobotany". Most recently Rob's research took him to Turkey in search of vintage hemp textiles and their weavers, where he discovered the last active hemp farmers in Anatolia. Rob is also co-founder of BioAgronomics Consultants Group focused on easing their client's transitions into regulated cannabis markets. Rob will be showcasing a 30 minute film called "Quest for the Golden Fiber" .

  • "Quest for the Golden Fiber" documents Rob Clarke's research travels in Anatolian Turkey in search of vintage hemp textiles and the women who wove them. Come with us to visit the last remaining Turkish hemp farmers, follow their hemp fiber and seed crop cycles, and learn how they make traditional hemp rope. Following this Australian premiere, Rob will entertain questions from the audience concerning traditional hemp cultivation and other topics of interest.

    You can view the trailer on the INDEX page or on Youtube here. Rob can be reached at

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    Born in Poland Teresa worked as a junior doctor in a hospital in Glogow, a small town not too far from the German border. Arriving in Australia in 1987, she worked in Fairfield and Liverpool hospital then General Practice from 1993. She worked as a solo GP for a few years, then in a small family practice and later in large medical centres, currently based in Katoomba.

  • Over the years Teresa embraced different aspects of healing, not only as a doctor but as a patient as well. When going through breast cancer 16 years ago, she learnt about different patient's attitudes and expectations realising that modern medicine is very much based on evidence. "The absence of evidence is no evidence of absence. We need balance and we need to listen to patients as well".

  • Healing occurs on many levels, physical, emotional and spiritual and Teresa sees great potential in cannabis which is an ancient, sophisticated and diverse medicine, is very interested in further learning, research and the application of cannabis in general practice.

  • "I am hoping that it will be legalised and regulated soon, so doctors and patients can take advantage of its great healing potential".

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  • Justin Sinclair – Research Fellow at NICM

    Justin is a Research Fellow at NICM, an international leader in integrative medicine research based at Western Sydney University where he is also the co-ordinator of the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Research & Education Collaboration. For the last 2 years he has also served on United in Compassion's Scientific Advisory Board, Australia's leading medicinal cannabis patient advocacy group, in a pro bono capacity. His scientific background is in pharmacognosy (i.e. drugs that come from plants), but his research interests extend into botany, ethnopharmacology, analytical phytochemistry, horticulture and pathophysiology. He is currently a co-investigator on several clinical research projects in development around medicinal Cannabis and spends much of his time lecturing to medical practitioners, nurses, politicians and other allied health professionals about the therapeutic applications of the Cannabis genus. Justin has many years of industry experience in areas such as quality assurance, new product development and regulatory affairs involving herbal medicines and is a strong supporter of full spectrum plant extracts and understanding the deeper workings of the entourage effect. He has published on the topics of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system, pain management and herb/drug interactions in peer reviewed publications and is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and International Cannabinoid Research Society.

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  • Carol Ireland - CEO and Managing Director of Epilepsy Action Australia

    Carol has an extensive background spanning 35 years in the not-for-profit human services sector and holding a variety of executive positions in operations, service delivery, marketing and fundraising. Carol currently serves on the Australian Advisory Council for the Use of Medicinal Cannabis, the Advisory Board of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney and Steering Committee for the NSW government's Paediatric Epilepsy Trials (Medicinal Cannabis Research), and is a founding Director of the newly constituted Medicinal Cannabis Council. In her role at Epilepsy Action she has had significant contact with many individuals and families who are faced with managing very challenging forms of medication resistant epilepsy, with few or no options left in the conventional treatment bucket. Carol has heard and seen the changes in people's lives, including reduction in the severity and frequency of seizures, resulting from use of medicinal cannabis. She is a strong and active advocate for people living with epilepsy.

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    Tim Harding is a multi-award winning Australian entertainer best known for his part in the International children's TV phenomenon, Hi-5. Screened in over 200 countries, the group toured in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, the UK and Ireland. During his time with Hi-5, the group bagged 3 Logie awards, 5 ARIA awards and a Helpman award. He has fronted several bands and continues to work as a vocalist and musician. Since Tim left Hi-5 in 2007, he has worked as an actor, public speaker, writer, producer and director, creating solutions for both government and corporate organisations. More recently, Tim has received national attention because his daughter suffers from intractable epilepsy. After the failure of many conventional treatments in trying to reduce his daughter's seizures, he is now a passionate advocate of medicinal cannabis.

    "For at least 5000 years our ancestors used Cannabis for many things including medicine. It was only around 80 years ago that our perception of this plant was changed to one of fear, mistrust and moral outrage. Today we stand under the weight of mounting medical and scientific evidence, our bias against Cannabis has been unjustified and unnecessary. We are only just beginning to discover the secrets behind why humans used this amazing plant successfully for so long. It is through our love and compassion that we can let go of our fears and our prejudice and give hope and dignity to those who are suffering."

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  • Colin Bell – Co-founder, co-inventor and Chief Growth Officer at Growcentia

    Parent company of Mammoth Microbes. Colin published dozens of peer reviewed publications that were focused on elucidating microbial mediated processes that enhance plant growth. In 2015 Colin to launched Growcentia, a young company in the Ag-Tech sector that develops microbial soil additives that sustainably increase plant yield across many crops.

  • Their first product, MAMMOTH P® is a beneficial bacterial bloom stimulant that targets phosphorus cycling to maximize both quality and yield in cannabis plants. MAMMOTH P® is now being sold in over 800 stores globally .... His more recent research efforts focused on plant-microbial relationships within the rhizosphere zone to identify mechanisms that may influence soil microbial taxonomic and functional differences among plant species.

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  • Ben Oakley - AN AMAZING YOUNG MAN!

    It’s not everyone who can say that they know the exact time that there life changed forever. A few people in the world know. An Accident or an Injury yes. But a Disease? Very few people in the world can say that they know the exact time it happened. My Son, Ben Oakley is one of those people. At 17 years and 40 days he was one of the youngest in the world to have been struck down with a very Rare Disease. If that was not bad enough the condition is generally a slow degeneration, Ben’s life changed in an instant! Prior to becoming systematic Ben was the single most active person I have ever known .... A 1 in a Million disease, only 20 people in Australia – Stiff Person Syndrome .... Ben has the most intense pain any human should ever have to endure when it all goes wrong! Ben is forced to be in a wheelchair for anything more than a short distance. Modern medicine does not understand Ben’s condition, the treatments that his specialist have given him are powerful, addictive and just as debilitating as the disease! That was until we were contacted by an Angel offering hope, hope in the form of Medicinal Cannabis. Ben has gone from at the worst 61 Full body muscle spasm in a day to since commencing on Cannabis oil 16 months ago 3 spasms only lasting a few minutes each! More of Ben's story at the Expo. A must to view ...Ben's Facebook Video

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  • Paul Mavor - Health House International

    Paul is a pharmacist who has been researching the potential of medicinal cannabis as a treatment for several years.

  • His company was granted the first medicinal cannabis import license in Australia and he is currently distributing medicinal cannabis products to eligible patients. Paul brings a wealth of knowledge from his hands-on research in the U.S., Canada and Israel.

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  • PROFESSOR IAN E. BRIGHTHOPE - Nutrition and Environmental MeDICINE

    Among many things, Ian has been involved with Nutritional and Environmental Medicine with particular interests in psychiatric diseases, learning and behaviour disorders, cancer patient care, heart disease, psychological disorders related to foods and chemicals, the chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, asthma, food and chemical sensitivities, auto-immune diseases, diabetes and the treatment of acute viral illnesses and other conditions with megadoses of intravenous Vitamin C and other nutrients........He has published extensively and has appeared regularly in the media as an advocate of nutritional and environmental health. He is the author of 5 books and many scientific articles and reviews. His books have been endorsed by many luminaries, most notably the late Linus Pauling, the only person to have ever been awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes. He is also listed in the International Authors and Writers “Who’s Who”.....He has acted as an advocate of doctors practicing Complementary Medicine for over 25 years.

    Professor Brighthope’s lifelong ambition is to change the way medicine and healthcare is practiced for the benefit of the public and to see nutrition, nutritional and environmental medicine the building blocks and keystones to world health and peace.

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  • HEMP FARMS AUSTRALIA - Presentation

    This presentation will include:
    1. Quick recap/introduction from previous presentation
    2. Current status of primary hemp production in NSW/QLD
    3. Sustainable supply chains and key buyers
    4. Defending Australia seed/grain and as an industry, stamp out foreign imported seed that could be sold as Australian
    5. Integration Technology into Agricultural data collection
    6. Identifying Australian seed varieties and removing the curtain of counterfeit varieties and seed stock
    7. Defending the integrity of Australian Hemp and Australian Plant Breeders Rights
    8. What Hemp Farms Australia can offer to local farmers

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  • Gianpaolo Grassi - HEMP ADVOCATE & RESEARCHER

    With a Degree in Agricultural Science at the Bologna’s University, Gianpaolo worked in the group of Phytopathology department involved mainly in  diseases of industrial crops like: tomato, potato, sugar beet and legumes. He has produced dozen of monoclonal antibodies to apply in immunological test to detect plant viruses, plant hormones, chemicals and cell determinants of human diseases. He has produced one of the first Mab to detect tethrahydrocannabinol (THC) in competitive ELISA ..... In 2000, he bred hemp and obtained  three new varieties of  monoecious industrial hemp, the firsts to be breed in Italy. He has obtained strains with single cannabinoid with high or medium concentration of the type: THC, CBD, CBG, THCV, CBDV and a placebo strain with a negligible content of any cannabinoid.

    In 2002 he moved again in the Rovigo's branch. He has been engaged in various European programs and some regional programs that had as main topics the study of hemp products suitable for medical use, food or alternative uses for textile and industrial products.

  • Recently he has started a collaboration with ENECTA company to produce raw material from hemp to extract cannabidiol (CBD) and in addition it is in progress a breeding program to obtain cannabis varieties with high content CBD to improve the efficacy of extraction and purification of CBD.


The Sydney HHI Expo 2018 is not far away. It will be held over two days commencing Saturday 12th May and Sunday 13th May 2018, we invite you to contact us for more details including Log In information. Secure your spot. Get in early so you do not miss out on this special event!