Nat­u­ral medicine lec­tures

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A six-week se­ries of free lec­tures about the charms and harms of nat­u­ral medicine be­gins on Tues­day.

The Univer­sity of Auck­land’s Win­ter Lec­tures speaks to the in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of nat­u­ral medicines and dis­cusses con­cerns over their qual­ity, safety and ef­fi­cacy.

Speak­ers are in­ter­na­tion­ally known in their re­spec­tive fields and come from four schools across the uni­ver­sit. From July 23, the Maid­ment Theatre will host a lec­ture from 1pm to 2pm ev­ery Tues­day, with the fi­nal be­ing held on Au­gust 27.

The first lec­ture is Na­ture’s Medicine Chest: Op­por­tu­ni­ties for Drug Dis­cov­ery and will be led by award­win­ning pro­fes­sor Mar­garet Brim­ble from the school of Chem­i­cal Sciences.

Dr Brim­ble will ad­dress the sub­ject that nat­u­ral prod­ucts pro­vide in­valu­able plat­forms for de­vel­op­ing front-line drugs.

Sixty three per cent of all new drugs ap­proved by the United States Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion from 1981 to 2006 were nat­u­ral prod­ucts or were in­spired by nat­u­ral prod­ucts.

The lec­ture will show­case re­search on the syn­the­sis of bioac­tive nat­u­ral prod­ucts, es­pe­cially molecules de­rived from ex­treme en­vi­ron­ments and shell­fish tox­ins, as novel anti-can­cer, an­tibac­te­rial and anti-vi­ral agents.

Sci­en­tist: Mar­garet Brim­ble will be dis­cussing na­ture’s medicine chest at the first of this year’s win­ter lec­tures at the Univer­sity of Auck­land.

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