Natural Product Pharmacology Research

At a scientific level, pharmacologists who are interested in natural products face many challenges. 1. Rapid advances in related scientific disciplines (e.g. molecular biology, immunology) made us look like dinosaurs. However, we need to learn new concepts and technologies, and more importantly, to incorporate what we learn in our research.

2. Modern chemistry and material sciences have blurred the boundary between natural products and synthetic materials. A great many of substances are neither natural nor purely man-made. We need to venture out of our comfort zones to embrace such great opportunities.

3. The use of natural products by human beings to combat diseases and promote health has never been with single known chemical identity until very recently. Acceptance of application for herbal medications with multiple ingredients by the USFDA signals to the world a change of attitude towards acknowledging “good clinical observation”.

  • Track 1-1 Identifying a phytochemical constituent from plant extract by using UV-Spectroscopy
  • Track 2-2 Genomics Approach of the Natural Product Pharmacology
  • Track 3-3 Mechanism of drug action/Pharmacodynamics

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