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November 11-13, 2020

Tampa Airport Marriott — 4200 George J. Bean Parkway, Tampa, FL 33607

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020


7:30 PM On-site Welcome Reception with light hors d’oeuvres

Registration Open at Hotel

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020

7:00 AM Registration Open at Hotel

Kratom Summit Kickoff Breakfast

Welcome, Matt Salmon, Chairman of the AKA

Speaker: “Kratom: 2016 to Now” – Utah State Senator Curt Bramble

8:00 AM Speaker: “The Science on Kratom: Needed Research” – Jack Henningfield,

Ph.D., Vice President, Research, Health Policy, and Abuse Liability; Professor,

Adjunct, Behavioral Biology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral

Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

9:15 AM Break

9:30 AM Panel Discussion: “The Profile of a Kratom Consumer in America” – Oliver

Grundmann, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry,

University of Florida; Albert Garcia-Romeu, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry

and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,

Baltimore, MD; and Kirsten Smith, Ph.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse

Intramural Research Program.

11:00 AM Break

11:15 AM Roundtable Discussion: “Advertising and Social Media Standing of Kratom: The

Metrics” – Mark Allen, AKA

12:00 PM Lunch

Speaker: “A State Legislator’s View of Kratom” – Georgia State Representative

Vernon Jones

1:00 PM Speaker: “Kratom is a Food” – Michael J. Werner, Holland & Knight,

Washington, D.C.

1:45 PM Break

2:00 PM Speaker: “The Potential and Future of Kratom Alkaloids and Their Derivatives

as FDA-Approved Therapies” – Andrew Kruegel, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer

and Co-Founder at Kures.

2:45 PM Speaker: “The Kratom Foundation: The Facts on Kratom” – James Morrissette,

CEO and Board Chair.

3:30 PM Break

3:45 PM Panel Discussion: “The Potential for Kratom as a Therapy” – Marc Swogger,

Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center,

Rochester, NY; Paula Brown, Ph.D., Natural Health and Food Products

Research Group, BC Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC, Canada; Zach

Walsh, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia,

Kelowna, BC, Canada.

5:00 PM Open Q&A

6:30 PM Kratom Summit Dinner

Keynote Speaker and Recipient of the 2020 AKA Kratom Champion Award:

Congressman Mark Pocan.

Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

7:15 AM Breakfast

8:00 AM Panel Discussion: “The Future of Kratom Exports from Indonesia” – PEKRINDO

Representative; PPHI Representative; and KOMPHAR Representative

9:15 AM Speaker: “CBD and Kratom: Challenges Created by the FDA” — Robert Hoban,

Hoban Law Group, Denver, CO.

10:00 AM Break

10:15 AM Panel Discussion: “NIDA’s Commitment to Kratom Research” — Geoff Laredo,

former NIDA Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Science Policy and

Communications; Kirsten Smith, Ph.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse

Intramural Research Program; and Aidan Hampson, Ph.D., Health Science

Administrator, National Institute on Drug Abuse.

11:15 AM Speaker: “Kratom Science: Where We Stand Today” – Chris McCurdy, Ph.D.,

Director and Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Florida.

12:15 PM Closing Session – “Major Challenges to Keeping Kratom Legal” – Mac Haddow,

Senior Fellow on Public Policy, AKA


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