Portico in spring


10/2016- UCL Spices to Host Fall 2016 Half-day Symposium
  • Join us for a half-day symposium at University College London (UCL) to explore the changing role of herbal traditions within our food and health systems. Invited speakers include Prof. Monique Simmonds OBE, Deputy Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and Prof. Sabine Anagnostou of Philipps-Universität Marburg and President of Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Pharmazie. The afternoon will be chaired by Prof. Michael Heinrich, Head of the UCL SoP Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy. Programme details will be kept updated on the website here. An academic research poster session will be held throughout the afternoon. Click here to register via Eventbrite.
05/2016- UCL Presents on Food and Medicine at the British Medical Association
  • As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival and Open Squares Weekend, the British Medical Association hosted several garden events in collaboration with UCL and the Charles Dickens Museum, focusing on the theme of mental health, gardens, and popular medicine. Members of the UCL Spices and Medicine Society presented at these events. Click here to for the full programme and information.
03/2016- HRH Princess Chulabhorn visits UCL to Discuss Natural Products Research
  • On 1 Mar 2016, Professor Dr. HRH Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol from Thailand visited the UCL School of Pharmacy. HRH has a special interest in encouraging traditional medical knowledge exchange between Thailand and Europe, and discussed research achievement and graduate training needs in the area of natural product science and biodiversity research. Click here to view the full story.
10/2015- Textbook on Ethnopharmacology, with emphasis on Food-Medicine Interface, Published by Elsevier Press
  • A new definitive textbook on the subject of ethnopharmacology was published by Elsevier in Oct 2015, edited by Prof Michael Heinrich of UCL and Anna Jager of the University of Copenhagen. The work is a collaboration of over thirty international contributing authors including members of the UCL Spices and Medicine Society, and provides an in-depth review of the food-medicine interface across various cultures. Click here for further information on the book.
2014- New website for the UCL Biodiversity and Medicines Research Cluster 
  • UCL's newly formed research cluster of 'Biodiversity and Medicines' now has its own website. It features the latest research from students and faculty in the area of ethnopharmacology as well as other relevant fields. The Biodiversity and Medicines research cluster is headed by Professor Michael Heinrch. You can visit the website here.
10/2014- Conference Proceedings Published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology
  • Proceedings from the 2013 conference 'Spices and Medicine: From Historical Obsession to Research of the Future' have been published in a 2014 special issue ofJournal of Ethnopharmacology. This special issue combines the proceedings of the Spices and Medicines conference with those of a conference hosted by the UCL Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine, and broadly covers the historical and present-day use of food and spice plants as potent medical substances. The thirteen papers focus on:
  • -historical evidence of the use of foods and medicines;
  • -historical use and commodification of spices;
  • -present-day role of foods and plants as medicines; and
  • -present commodification and regulation of foods and plant-based medicines.
  • The articles in press were published online in Fall (Oct-Nov) 2014. Click here to view the articles on JEP's website.
2013 Conference Report Now Available for Download

To read the summary report from our 24 May 2013 conference, please click the link below:

2013 Conference Hosted by UCL on Spices and Medicine

On Friday 24th May 2013, UCL presented a one-day conference, "Spices and Medicine: From Historical Obsession to Research of the Future". The conference was sponsored by the British Society for the History of Science and London BioNat, and hosted by the UCL School of Pharmacy in association with UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society. 

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