What is a society’s impact without bringing together its members? Without fruitful personal discussions, inspiring conferences, without social events and get-togethers with colleagues and friends? 2020 was an exceptional and demanding year for all of us. Let’s briefly condense and reflect what happened over the past year in our society, and share with you some forthcoming endeavours. We wish you happiness and health for 2021!
Mabir Prashad Gupta, born on October 3, 1942 in Gajsinghpur, India passed away on December 14th as a consequence of Covid-19. He was admitted to hospital in early November, had tested negative a week before he died and was out of the Covid ward. He then tested positive again and passed away following complications of the disease. Since 1972 he was a professor of Pharmacognosy at the University of Panama, Republic of Panama with many roles and responsibilities associated with it for nearly fifty years.
In memoriam Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hartmut Derendorf (1953-2020)
The GA community was saddened to learn of the sudden death of Prof Dr. Hartmut Derendorf on Monday, November 23, at the age of 67. Professor Derendorf was a world-renowned expert in pharmacokinetics and pharmacometrics.
The GA Young Researchers’ Workshop (YRW) 2020 took place on November 7th and was for the first time held online as an eSymposium.
Planta Medica Special Issue for Prof. Wolfgang Kubelka
Thanks to the initiative of the editor-in-chief Robert Fürst a special issue of Planta Medica could be dedicated to Prof. Wolfgang Kubelka on the occasion of the 85th birthday.
GA Members meeting 2020
GA Members meeting 2020 will take place on Friday, 6th November 2020, 14.00 – 15:30 CET. It will be held as an e-Meeting (registration link to come) upfront of the 2nd GA eSymposium with the 2020 GA award lectures
Novel Insights into Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid Toxicity And Implications for Risk Assessment, September 29-30, 2020
Dr Willmar Schwabe Award 2020 to Dr Nadine Kretschmer from GA
The prestigious Dr. Willmar Schwabe Award 2020 is bestowed to Dr. Nadine Kretschmer, University of Graz, Austria, in recognition of her interdisciplinary phytochemical and pharmacological research of plants traditionally used to treat cancer and related diseases, identifying new lead compounds and their target pathways or proteins. The aim of this award is to motivate preferentially young scientists to resolve phytotherapeutical and phytopharmaceutical problems in an interdisciplinary approach, in order to support the evidence-based use of natural products. It is a pleasure to award Dr Kretschmer, who is at an early stage of her career, with this prize recognising achievements, which will foster the scientific studies of traditionally used plants. Add Description here
Egon Stahl Award in Bronze to Dr. S. Vlad Luca from GA
The prestigious Egon Stahl-Award 2020 with Bronze Medal is bestowed to Dr. Simon Vlad Luca from Technical University of Munich, Germany, in recognition of his valuable contributions to pharmaceutical biology and analytical phytochemistry, in particular his studies on bioactive metabolites from Verbascum ovalifolium Donn ex Sims and Verbascum blattaria L. The Award is dedicated to young scholars up to the age of about thirty whose thesis are of outstanding quality in the fields of pharmaceutical biology and analytical (phyto-)chemistry.Add Description here
Egon Stahl Award in Gold to Professor A. Douglas Kinghorn from GA
The prestigious Egon Stahl-Award in Gold 2020 is bestowed to Prof. Dr. A. Douglas Kinghorn in recognition of his leading role in the natural product drug discovery, in particular those with anticancer, cancer chemopreventive, and substances with a sweet taste and taste-modifying agents. The Egon Stahl-Award in Gold recognises the outstanding scientific lifetime work of a research scientist who has been closely linked to Pharmaceutical Biology (Pharmacognosy, Chemistry of Natural Products), through his scientific career. The Award is the highest and most prestigious scientific honour of the Society for Medicinal Plant Research (GA).
The systematic destruction of the Brazilian biodiversity
Despite the protests from the international scientific community, the Brazilian government continues to execute and plan the destruction of priceless natural resources for the country and the world. As recently revealed by published recordings of government meetings Brazil's environment minister, Ricardo de Aquino Salles, openly laid out a proposal to systematically weaken key environmental legislation which will undoubtedly accelerate the destruction of previously preserved areas, as well as endangering efforts to recover degraded areas. Unanimously, the members of the Society for Research on Medicinal Plants and Natural Products (GA) denounce these abuses and urge the Brazilian government to enforce existing legal frameworks and adopt stricter measures to control and protect this unique heritage for the sake not only of the local population but for all humankind.
Let us work together to ensure human rights for People of Color. The time is now. (American Society for Pharmacognosy)
We as the Board of the GA deplore any form of violence against people of colour, indigenous people or other ‘minorities’. With this statement we want to support very strongly calls for justice as expressed by the American Society for Pharmacognosy.
Greater investment in research on natural products and herbal medicines with apotential to treat COVID-19 is needed
A group of leading GA members calls for adequate funding is made available to ascertain that the potential of natural products and herbal medical products is explored in greater detail. In a short overview the team led by Prof. A. Hensel (Univ. Muenster) highlights scientific opportunities in the treatment of coronaviruses and specifically COVID-19.
Digital Communication Platform of the African Research Network on LinkedIn Launched
In a joint ambition with the International Society of Ethnopharmacology (ISE) the African Research Network of the GA has launched an online communication platform to facilitate direct exchange between its members. Operated as a public LinkedIn group, it is open for all researchers concerned with African natural products research.
2020 Joint Natural Product Conference in now canceled
New Webinar by Dr.Michael A. Huffmann: "The evolution of animal self-medication and lessons for the development of medicine and new medicine“
Conference in San Francisco - ICNPR 2020
While these are very difficult weeks, we just wanted everyone to be aware that at this stage, the organisers of ICNPR 2020 as well as us from the GA very much hope that the conference will go ahead as planned. In the last few days, most meetings up to June have been postponed, but based on the current understanding there are no plans to postpone ICNPR 2020. The organisers work on the preparations at all levels. Please monitor this site and the site of the congress (http://icnpr2020.org/). Also, please submit your abstracts so that the organisers can plan. As we all know it is uncertain and at the same time we should plan on things returning to a more normal situation within two to three months.
With our best wishes
The GA Board
POSTPONED: 20th International Congress of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology
2020 Travel Grants for the ICNPR 2020 Congress
Announcement on GA 2020 Awards
Announcement on GA 2020 Awards
Announcement on GA 2020 Awards
Announcement on GA 2020 Awards
Announcement of the 4th Research Award of the Foundation "Plants for Health"
Conservation of European Biodiversity through Exploitation of Traditional Herbal Knowledge for the Development of Innovative Products
EthnoHERBS is the acronym of a research European project which aims to apply systematic ethnobotanical surveys and cutting edge technologies in the field of Natural Product Chemistry in order to fully and efficiently exploit the traditional knowledge and the therapeutic potential of medicinal and aromatic plants of the Balkan Peninsula.
Latest lecture for "Analysis of bioactive compounds from frogs plants and microorganisms from the Brazilian biodiversity"
See our latest lecture for "Analysis of bioactive compounds from frogs plants and microorganisms from the Brazilian biodiversity" by Norberto Peporine Lopes, that took place during the 67th Annual Meeting in Innsbruck, 2019
Emerging Trends in Natural Product Biotechnology held at TU Dortmund University
The biotechnology of secondary natural product plays a more and more important role in drug and gene discovery as well in pharmaceutical bioengineering. The symposium Emerging Trends in Natural Product Biotechnology held at TU Dortmund University from 20th to 21st September 2018 gave a forum for intensive discussions and talks on various topics like natural product biosynthesis, pathway design, metabolic engineering and biocatalysis. Prof. Nett, Prof. Kayser and Prof. Lütz organized the international two day symposium to bring experts from genetics, natural product chemistry and biotechnology together.