The American Botanical Council (ABC) welcomes 10 new expert members to its Advisory Board. The addition of these distinguished individuals, who represent 10 countries from five continents, highlights the increasingly international and diverse nature of the ABC Advisory Board. The new members will bring their perspectives and experiences from numerous scientific fields related to the study of medicinal plants, including ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, phytotherapy, pharmacy, organic chemistry and biochemistry, pharmacovigilance, and more.
ABC Advisory Board members generously volunteer their time to peer review articles that appear in HerbalGram, HerbalEGram, HerbClips, and various other peer-reviewed ABC publications. Additionally, ABC management and HerbalGram editors seek feedback and advice from Advisory Board members on research questions, article ideas, ABC policies, and book reviews, among many other topics.
"We are deeply grateful and honored to have these distinguished colleagues from 10 countries join with us to help propel ABC's unique nonprofit educational mission," said Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of ABC. "Their relationships with our organization reflect the increasingly international scope and impact of ABC's mission, publications, and programs." He also noted that in most instances, the appointment of these individuals to the ABC Advisory Board simply formalizes a long-term professional and personal relationship that Blumenthal has had with the new member.
Here are the new ABC Advisory Board members:
- Giovanni Appendino, Laurea, has been a professor of organic chemistry since 2000 in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Eastern Piedmont in Novara, Italy.
- Joanne Barnes, PhD, has been an associate professor in herbal medicines at the University of Auckland since 2005.
- Il-Moo Chang, PhD, is the president of The Korean Ginseng Research Institute. He is also professor emeritus at the College of Pharmacy at Seoul National University and since 2007 has served on the World Health Organization's Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional Medicine.
- Muriel Cuendet, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Geneva's School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
- Alexander Panossian, PhD, has been head of research and development at the Swedish Herbal Institute since 2003, where his research interests and publications focus on plants with adaptogenic activity, particularly pharmacological and clinical research on Rhodiola rosea.
- G.N. Qazi, PhD, has served as the vice chancellor of Hamdard University in New Delhi, India, since 2008 and was formerly the Director of Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu, a National Institute of CSIR of India.
- Michael Smith, ND, BPharm, is a dietary supplements and natural health products consultant based in Canada.
- Alvaro Viljoen, PhD, has been the national research chair in phytomedicine in the department of pharmaceutical sciences at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria, South Africa, since July 2013, after serving as a research professor in the department since 2005.
- Elizabeth Williamson, PhD, is a professor of pharmacy and the director of pharmacy practice at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
- Hans Wohlmuth, PhD, is research and development manager of Integria Healthcare in Australia and a member of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration's Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicines.