Joy of Science Channel: Extreme Chemistry Series
Everything old is new again. Did you know the Oyster Mushroom contains the cholesterol lowering HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor Lovastatin? Today’s medicines are easily accessible, come in convenient sexy packages, and even melt in your mouth. Although new medicines seem to get more sophisticated with every passing year, many still stem from natural compounds found in plants. Join Thomas Zennie to learn that no matter how far pharmaceuticals advance, they still stick close to their roots!
What You Will Learn
- Vitamin contents of Edible Wild Plants
- Information on selected edible, medicinal and poisonous plants
- The chemical rational for the uses of certain wild plants by Early Americans
- Activity directed fractionation of medicinal plants constituents
- And much more!
Date: Thursday July 26, 2012
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Meet Your Experts
Dr. Thomas M. Zennie, Ph.D has done research in natural products chemistry and did post doctorial research funded by NIH and NCI on the chemistry of foods with cancer preventing properties. When he was younger Tom had a very close friend who was a Cherokee Indian herb doctor from whom he gained a lot of esoteric and interesting information about wild plants. Dr Zennie recently retired from the pharmaceutical industry (25 years) as a pharmaceutical analytical chemist specializing in spectroscopy and chromatography and is currently a full time organic farmer and pharmaceutical consultant living on a farm in Indiana.
Darren Griffin, PhD is Professor of Genetics at the University of Kent, UK. Previously he was Professor of Genetics at Brunel University. In 2002, he was admitted as a fellow of the Society of Biology and in 2008 he was awarded both a fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists and Doctor of Science from the University of Manchester. He was awarded the Institutional Teaching Prize for his work in supervising graduate students and was recently shortlisted for Research Project of the Year by the Times Higher Education supplement. Dr. Griffin completed his post-doctoral research in Cleveland, Ohio and at The University of Cambridge. He received his PhD at University College London in 1992, graduated from the University of Manchester in 1988
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