Spices and Medicine



Conference Programme

Spices and Medicine: From Historical Obsession to Research of the Future

24 May 2013 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Registration begins at 9 AM, Front Entrance Lobby
Maplethorpe Lecture Theatre
UCL School of Pharmacy
29-39 Brunswick Square



Research Question: How has Europe's fascination with spices as both food and medicine contributed to the global exchange and advancement of medical knowledge from ancient times to today?


Session 1. The Spice Trade in History: Forming a Global Network of Medical Cultures

Maplethorpe Lecture Theatre (ground floor)
Chair/Moderator: Marianne Jennifer Datiles

9:30 - 10:30

Opening Keynote - "Health, Wellness and the Allure of Spices"

Paul Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History and Chair, History Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA. (via video)

10:30 - 11: 00 

"The Roman and Islamic Spice Trade - Early Globalisation"

Marijke van der Veen, Professor of Archaeology, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, UK. 

11:00 - 11:20

Coffee Break and Poster Exhibit

The Square Lounge (ground floor)

11:20 - 11:50 

"The Mystification of Spices in the Western Tradition"

Stefan Halikowski Smith, Senior Lecturer of History, Department of History and Classics, Swansea University, Wales.

11:50 - 12:20

"Southeast Asian Missions as Centres of Forming, Transfer and Globalisation of Medical-Pharmaceutical Knowledge in the 17th and 18th Centuries"

Sabine Anagnostou, President of the German Society for the History of Pharmacy and Professor for the History of Pharmacy, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.

12:20 - 1:00

Q&A Panel Discussion

with morning speakers

1:00 - 2:00

Lunch Break and Poster Exhibit

Lunch on your own 

Poster Exhibit located in the Square Lounge (ground floor)


Session 2. Spices in Food and Medical Research: From Kitchen to Apothecary & Beyond

Maplethorpe Lecture Theatre (ground floor)
Chair/Moderator: Sabine Anagnostou

2:00 - 2:30

"Curry Spice or Miracle Cure? An Ethnobotanical Investigation"

Tony Booker, PhD student in Pharmacognosy, UCL School of Pharmacy and Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), London, UK.

2:30 - 3:00

"Scent and Synaesthesia: Spice Bags in Cross-cultural Context"

Vivienne Lo, Convener of the China Centre for Health and Humanity and Senior Lecturer of the History of Asian Medicine and Classical Chinese Medicine, and Di Lu, UCL Centre for the History of Medicine, London, UK.

3:00 - 3:30

"Spices - New Challenges and Opportunity"

Monique Simmonds, Director of the Kew Innovation Unit, Deputy Keeper and Head of Sustainable Uses of Plants Group, Royal Botanic Gardens-Kew, London, UK.

3:30 - 3:50

Coffee Break and Poster Exhibit

The Square Lounge (ground floor)

3:50 - 4:50

Closing Keynote - "From Spices to Superfruits - The Changing Role of Global Trade Links"

Michael Heinrich, Professor of Pharmacognosy and Head of the Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, UCL School of Pharmacy, London, UK.

4:50 - 5:20

Q&A Panel Discussion 

with keynotes and afternoon speakers

5:20 - 5:30

Closing Remarks

5:30 - 6:30


The Square Lounge (ground floor)