Medicinal plant lecture: episode 2 - 5th Sep, 2022, 2:00 pm (UK)

Medicinal plant lecture: episode 2

This is the second session in our medicinal plant lecture series of 2022. We will be joined by Professor Ian Graham and Professor Anthony Dayan who will give talks on 'medicinal crops to synthetic biology –maximising the use of plant diversity to meet global health challenges' and 'medicinal plants of the three Abrahamic Faiths: in the Old and New Testaments and the Qur'an and afterwards.'

Programme

2pm        Welcome and introduction

2.05pm   From medicinal crops to synthetic biology – maximising the use of plant diversity to meet global health challenges

Professor Ian Graham, University of York

3.10pm   Medicinal plants of the three Abrahamic Faiths: in the Old and New Testaments and the Qur'an and afterwards

Professor Anthony Dayan, garden fellow, Royal College of Physicians

4.15pm   Live Q&A with our speakers

4.30pm   End of session


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About the lectures

From medicinal crops to synthetic biology – maximising the use of plant diversity to meet global health challenges

Natural products from plants offer a treasure trove of novel structures for the development of new drug entities. Over the last decade my lab has focussed on the genetic improvement of two of the world's major pharmaceutical crops, Papaver somniferum (opium poppy), used for production of cough suppressants and analgesic painkillers and artemisia annua, used for production of the anti-malarial compound artemisinin. This talk will look at how molecular biology is now leading to a new era of engineering biology for the production of already existing and new to nature bioactive molecules.

Medicinal plants of the three Abrahamic Faiths: in the Old and New Testaments and the Qur'an and afterwards

Plants are frequently mentioned in the Holy Books of the three religions as metaphors, medicines, foods, symbols and for other purposes. The problem now is to identify them from texts written in ancient languages long after the events described and carrying revisions and errors in the records introduced by people with limited botanical knowledge.


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