Spices and Medicine


2023 February Symposium

Pease note, if you would like to attend both the UCL Spices symposium and the Frank Fish Memorial Lecture/drinks, registration is FREE but separate for each event. See links below. See you soon!

UCL School of Pharmacy
Maplethorpe Theatre
29-39 Brunswick Square

WC1N 1AX London 
Wednesday 22nd February 2023

2:00-5:00 PM: Symposium
Register for the UCL Spices Spring Symposium, IN PERSON attendance here.
Register for the UCL Spices Spring Symposium, ONLINE ZOOM attendance here.

5:00 PM: Frank Fish Lecture followed by Drinks Reception
Register for the Frank Fish Lecture + Drinks Reception, IN PERSON attendance here.
Register for the Frank Fish Lecture, ONLINE ZOOM attendance here.

After nearly three years of hiatus, you are invited to a hybrid symposium taking place at the UCL School of Pharmacy in London. For years we have held regular symposia covering research on herbal medicines and natural products. Finally, we are back, and an exciting group of speakers will give insights into the most recent developments. This upcoming symposium focuses on 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. This will be immediately followed by the annual Frank Fish Memorial Lecture (separate free registration required), which will be given this year by Prof. Judith Rollinger. See below for the lineup of speakers. We look forward to seeing you!

2023 Spring Symposium Organisers: Francesca Scotti, Banaz Jalil, and Michael Heinrich


Spices and Medicine Spring 2023 Symposium: Opportunities in a Complex World

  1. Banaz Jalil, UCL School of Pharmacy – 
  2. Anthony Booker, University of Westminster –
  3. Rachel Frost, UCL Primary Healthcare–
  4. Francesca Scotti -  
  5. Sukvinder Bhamra, Medway School of Pharmacy -
  6. Janet Schloss, Southern Cross Centre, Australia -
  7. Fabien Schulz – TU Berlin and University Neubrandenburg, Germany –

 The 2022-2023 Frank Fish Memorial Lecture

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

Passcode: Yu+T*oE7

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.

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.