Tanja Bagar is the CEO and Chairman of the Expert Council of the International Institute for cannabinoids. She is active in the academic sphere, lecturing microbiology, biochemistry and topics on ecology at the Faculty Alma Mater Europaea and cooperates scientifically with the Austrian College of Health and Development. She is a member of the Pomurje Academy of Arts and Sciences, Slovenian Biochemical Society, the Slovenian Association of Psychologists and is one of the founders of the society for the preservation and protection of the environment. She has extensive research experience gained in laboratories in Slovenia and abroad. Since 2013, she participates as a peer reviewer for the national competition of research projects, organized by the Association for Technical Culture of Slovenia. For her social engagement she received the Slovenian social responsibility award HORUS and is an honorary member of the social cooperative KonopKo.
She attended various conferences on cannabinoids and endocannabinoid system at a national and international level. She holds knowledge in the fields of microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology in conjunction with the endocannabinoid system and the functioning of cannabinoids, laboratory analysis ... She has completed an intensive four week e-education program Concepts of Cannabis Science I, carried out by Kenevir Research (Oregon, USA), and also follow-up program Concepts of Cannabis Science II.
|2019||Mitochondria and their interaction with cannabinoids||Abstract|
Mitochondria are dynamic and complex cellular organelles that are involved in a wide range of cellular events and are essential for tissue adaptation, survival, death, and renewal. In addition to their important role in energy metabolism making them popularly known as the cellular powerhouse, mitochondria are malleable structures that are also intimately involved in controlling cellular redox status, cellular signaling, calcium homeostasis, and cell death and autophagy processes. Thus, mitochondria have emerged from simply being the powerhouse of the cell to being at the forefront of numerous research avenues. In fact, mitochondrial perturbations evoked by physiological and pathological stimuli have been shown to contribute towards the pathogenesis of many diseases and mitochondrial research now constitutes a very significant and ever-expanding research area. It is now understood that mitochondria and their associated pathways may represent areas for the development of preventive and therapeutic strategies to potentially mitigate diseases/disorders such as diabetes, obesity, neurodegeneration, epilepsy, sarcopenia and many others. Cannabis sativa L. with its myriad of bioactive molecules is showing very promising potentials to modulate the function and dysfunction of mitochondria, thereby enhancing heath and positively influencing disease progression. Understanding how omega 3 and cannabinoids alter the cellular powerhouse-mitochondria is also adding substantially to our understanding of how these molecules effect our biochemistry.