Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Institute of Emerging Health Professions
Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis & Hemp

About the Donor

Barry Lambert, 70, is renowned in the Australian banking industry for founding Count Financial, Australia’s largest network of accounting-based advisory firms.

At 6-months old, Barry and Joy's granddaughter, Katelyn, was diagnosed with a form of crippling epilepsy called Dravet’s syndrome. It's a rare genetic abnormality that affects the brain's electric signaling system and causes severe and repetitive seizures. Cannabis derived from hemp gave Katelyn substantial relief from her seizures. The Lamberts’ gift to Jefferson reflects a belief that more study into medicinal cannabis will offer greater hope for others.

Joy and I were extremely impressed with Jefferson’s rapid progress in the field of medicinal cannabis research and innovative approach to exploring all avenues for new therapies to include using hemp derived cannabinoids

- Barry Lambert

Read more from the press release here.