UCL School of Pharmacy


Lecture: Spices-inspired bioprospecting as a strategy for new drug leads

13 February 2020

Professor Giovanni Appendino is a world-renowned expert in the chemistry of natural products with a particular interest in the cannabinoid receptor system.

Giovanni has been a Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Università del Piemonte Orientale, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Novara (Italy), since 2000.

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Research activity in his laboratories takes inspiration from plant natural products to address problems in various realms of biomedical investigation, from pharmacology and nutrition (new drug leads and health-promoting dietary ingredients) to organic/medicinal chemistry (new synthetic methodologies and optimization of natural product drug leads) and cell biology (novel mechanisms of activity).

Giovanni has also authored over 350 peer-reviewed articles, and 15 book chapters on the chemistry and bioactivity of plant natural products. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Fitoterapia, recipient of the Rhône-Poulenc Rorer Award of the Phytochemical Society of Europe (1991), the recipient of the Medaglia Quilico of the Società Chimica Italiana (2009), and the Bruker Prize of the Phytochemical Society of Europe in 2014 for his studies on bioactive natural products.

The main audience will be our MSc students in the Medicinal Natural Products programme, but anyone interested is welcome to attend. 

Date: 11th March 2020
Time: 5pm 
Venue: John Hanbury Lecture Theatre


Professor Michael Heinrich - m.heinrich@ucl.ac.uk