Natural medicine lectures
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.