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.
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.
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.