Spices and Medicine


2023 Annual Symposium


UCL School of Pharmacy
Maplethorpe Theatre
29-39 Brunswick Square

WC1N 1AX London 
Wednesday 22nd February 2023

After nearly three years of hiatus due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, the UCL Spices and Medicine annual symposium returned in 2023. Taking place both in person and on Zoom, the symposium covered a wide range of topics related to natural products, their role in drug development, the challenges from a pharmaceutical analytical perspective, a new look at the use of medicinal plants by apes and, last but not least, the role of herbal medicine in today's societies. As usual, the proceedings were immediately followed by the annual Frank Fish Memorial Lecture given this year by Prof. Judith Rollinger (see below for further details). The 2023 Symposium was organised by Francesca Scotti, Banaz Jalil, and Michael Heinrich, with special thanks to Fiona Marquet, UCL School of Pharmacy.


Banaz Jalil
Francesca Scotti
Michael Heinrich

Special Thanks to:
Fiona Marquet, Rebecca Gomes and the SoP Events Team
Gustav Ronngren and the SoP Computer Unit
Luis, Carlos and the SoP Reception Team

 The 2022-2023 Frank Fish Memorial Lecture

Judith Rollinger, University of Vienna – “How to Harness Complexity: The Unique Opportunities of Pharmacognosy”

ABSTRACT: Tremendous advances in natural product technologies and big data analysis offer new possibilities to handle and utilize nature’s complexity to disclose hidden treasures and to assess the safety and quality of herbal remedies. In this memorial lecture she will present strategies to trace potentially cardiotoxic hERG channel blockers and to identify multipotent anti-infectives from natural sources.

BIO: Judith M. Rollinger is one of the most distinguished scholars in the field. Since 2019 she has been senator of the University of Vienna. She is Professor of Pharmacognosy / Pharmaceutical Biology, and Head of Phytochemistry & Biodiscovery at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences / Division of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Life Science.