IRVING, Texas, September 12, 2003 --The International Aloe Science Council (IASC) today announced that Dr. David Slatkin will chair the 22nd Annual Scientific Seminar sponsored by the IASC and scheduled for October 17 - 18, 2003 in Las Vegas. Dr. Slatkin is Dean and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Midwestern University (MWU) College of Pharmacy, Glendale, Arizona, a position he has held since the college's founding in 1998. He originally joined Midwestern in 1991 as Founding Dean of the Chicago College of Pharmacy. Prior to joining MWU, Dr. Slatkin served as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Director of Graduate Programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. He received his doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 1972. He has authored over 85 scientific publications and has been a reviewer for the Journal of Natural Products and Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Gene Hale, executive director of the IASC, commented, "On behalf of the members and friends of the Council, I thank Dr. Slatkin for taking time away from his duties as dean to chair this symposium. He has already been a great help to us in putting together definitions of products certified by the Council to help ensure our seal gives the consumer confidence that the product is consistent, clearly defined and is made from the Aloe vera L. plant and is not adulterated."
The IASC is currently accepting scientific papers to vie for the seventh annual Chairman Lee Award of Scientific Merit for the most outstanding original research contribution to the science of aloe studies in agriculture, manufacturing, pharmacology or biology. The winner of this year=s $10,000 cash prize will be announced at October's Annual Scientific Seminar in Las Vegas. Entries may be submitted either electronically (preferred) or in hard copy by Friday, September 19, 2003. Instructions are available at the IASC's web site at www.iasc.org.
Dr. Carlton Turner, head of the IASC=s Scientific Committee, stated, "We are hopeful that the cash value of the Chairman Lee Award will serve as a stimulus for more interest in doing scientific research on products from Aloe vera L. Papers can range from basic to clinical research, and all are welcome to submit papers." He continued, "I would like to especially thank Dr. Jim Talmadge, editor of "The International Immunopharmacology Journal" (IIJ), for making it possible for the papers submitted and/or presented to be published, after peer review, as addenda to the IIJ. This will make more of the scientific community aware of the work being done with this natural source of biologically active ingredients and add further value to the Chairman Lee Award."
The International Aloe Science Council is a not-for-profit trade organization for the Aloe vera industry world-wide. It serves as a liaison and information source for research, development and promotion of Aloe vera and associated products. Its members include aloe growers, processors, finished goods manufacturers, marketing and sales companies, physicians, scientists and researchers.