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American Botanical Council Welcomes 13 New Advisory Board Members
(AUSTIN,Texas,April30,2015)ThenonprofitAmericanBotanicalCouncil(ABC)welcomes13newexpertmemberstoitsAdvisoryBoard.Theadditionofthesedistinguishedindividuals,sixofwhomarefromoutsidetheUnitedStates,representsABC’scontinuedgoalofexpandingitsinternationalrelationshipsandeducationalimpact.Theyjoin127existingmembers,including32internationalexperts.Thenewmemberswillbringtheirperspectivesandexperiencesfromnumerousscientificfieldsrelatedtothestudyofmedicinalplants,includingethnobotany,pharmacognosy,phytotherapy,pharmacy,organicandbiochemistry,naturalproductsresearch,andmore.“WearedeeplygratefultothesehighlyqualifiednewmembersoftheABCAdvisoryBoardfortheirwillingnesstoengageformallywithABCandhelpuspromoteournonprofiteducationalmission,”saidMarkBlumenthal,founderandexecutivedirectorofABC.“ThesepeopleconstitutesomeoftheleadingexpertsintheirrespectivefieldsandtheiractiveassociationwithABCwillhelpensurethehighquality,accurate,andreliableeducationalinformationforwhichABCisknown.”ABCAdvisoryBoardmembersgenerouslyvolunteertheirtimetopeerreviewarticlesthatappearinHerbalGram,HerbalEGram,HerbClips,andvariousotherpeer-reviewedABCpublications.Additionally,ABCmanagementandHerbalGrameditorsseekfeedbackandadvicefromAdvisoryBoardmembersonresearchquestions,articleideas,ABCpolicies,andbookreviews,amongmanyothertopics.“OneofthemostexcitingaspectsoftheworkatABCistohavethisuniquenetworkofexpertsinthemanyaspectsofbotanicalmedicineavailable,”notedStefanGafner,PhD,ABC’schiefscienceofficer.“ThebreadthofknowledgethatthenewmemberswillbringtoABCisextraordinary,andIamlookingforwardtoacloserinteractionwiththistalentedgroupofindividualswithexpertiseintraditionaluse,clinicalstudies,molecularbiology,formulation,chemicalanalysis,andregulatoryaspectsofmedicinalplants.”ThenewestABCAdvisoryBoardmembersarethefollowing:ValerieAssinewe,PhD,hasconsultedonprojectsfortheAboriginalTraditionalKnowledgeSubcommittee,abranchoftheCommitteeontheStatusofEndangeredWildlifeinCanada.FluentinEnglish,French,andOjibwa,Dr.AssineweconductsresearchonindigenousplantswithtraditionalusesinCanada,includingcherrybirch,Americanginseng,andeleuthero.ShepreviouslyworkedatHealthCanada’sNaturalHealthProductsDirectoratefor10years,developingmonographsandlabelingstandardsfornaturalhealthproductsandreviewingproductlicenseapplicationstodeterminesafetyandefficacy.ShehasgivenmanypresentationsabouttheroleofFirstNationtraditionalknowledgeinpharmacologyandbiology,andherarticleshavebeenpublishedinanumberofjournalsincludingPhytochemistry,Biodiversity,andtheAmericanJournalofClinicalNutrition.Dr.AssineweisamemberoftheSagamokAnishnawbekFirstNation.

AlanBensoussan,PhD,DipAc,isthedirectoroftheUniversityofWesternSydney’sAustralianNationalInstituteofComplementaryMedicine.From2008to2011,hewasamemberoftheNationalMedicinesPolicyCommittee,andfrom2012to2014heservedaschairoftheAustralianTherapeuticGoodsAdministration’sAdvisoryCommitteeforComplementaryMedicines.Dr.Bensoussan’sawardsandaccoladesincludetheComplementaryMedicinesAustralia's(formerlytheComplementaryHealthcareCouncilofAustralia)LadyCilentoAward(2014)andtheInternationalAwardforContributiontoChineseMedicine(2013),whichisawardedbytheChinesegovernment.AnexpertintraditionalChinesemedicine,Dr.Bensoussan’sresearchandpublicationshelpedtoestablishAustralia’sregulationofChinesemedicinepractitioners.Heistheauthoroftwobooksandhisworkhasappearedinanumberofrespectedjournals,includingtheJournaloftheAmericanMedicalAssociation.

ChantalBergeron,PhD,isthemanagerofresearchanddevelopmentforhomeandpersonalcareproductsatSeventhGeneration.Previously,Dr.Bergeronspent13yearsasdirectorofresearchatTom’sofMaine,whereshedevelopednovelplant-basedmaterialsfororal,bodycare,andself-careproducts.Herinnovativeworkhasledtothedevelopmentofhopsandoliveleafextractasdeodorantandantiperspirantingredients.Dr.BergeronattendedgraduateschoolatLavalUniversityinQuebecCity,Canada,andtheUniversityofLausanneinSwitzerland;herpost-doctorateworkwascompletedattheUniversityofOttawa.ShehasreceivedfourTechnologyInnovationFundgrantsfromColgate-Palmolive,holdsnumerouspatents,andhasauthoredorco-authored25scientificpapers.BergeronisamemberofAmericanSocietyofPharmacognosyandtheSocietyforMedicinalPlantandNaturalProductResearch(GA).

NadjaCech,PhD,isanAssociateProfessorofChemistryattheUniversityofNorthCarolina(UNC)Greensboro.In2001,Dr.CechcompletedherPhDinanalyticalchemistryattheUniversityofNewMexico,whereshestudiedelectrosprayionizationmassspectrometry.HerresearchatUNCGreensborooverthepast13yearshasfocusedonthesynergisticbiologicalactivitiesofcomponentsofbotanicalextractsandthedevelopmentofanalyticalmethodstoaddresssuchcomplexinteractions.TheseresearcheffortshavebeenfundedinpartbytheNationalCenterforComplementaryandIntegrativeHealth(formerlytheNationalCenterforComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine).Dr.CechreceivedtheJackL.BealAwardforBestPaperintheJournalofNaturalProductsbyaYoungInvestigatorin2011,theUNCGreensboroJuniorResearchExcellenceAwardin2010,andtheUNCGreensboroCollegeTeachingAwardin2008.Todate,Dr.Cechhaspublishedmorethan30peer-reviewedscientificpapers.

ZoëGardnerhasservedastheResearchandDevelopmentManagerfortheherbalwellnessteacompanyTraditionalMedicinalssince2012.Shecompletedamaster’sdegreeandisfinishingadoctoralprograminplantandsoilsciences—focusingonthecultivation,conservation,andqualityofmedicinalplants—attheUniversityofMassachusettsatAmherst.GardnerservedastheprogramcoordinatorandaresearchfellowfortheUniversity’smedicinalplantprogramfrom2000to2006andfrom2007to2010,respectively.Shehasco-authoredmorethanadozenscientificjournalarticlesandistheResearchEditoroftheAmericanHerbalProductsAssociation’sBotanicalSafetyHandbook,2nded.,probablythemostcurrentandcomprehensivereviewofthesafetyissuesrelatedtoherbsandmedicinalplantsthatareavailableincommerceintheUnitedStates

GabrielGiancaspro,PhD,isvicepresidentoftheFoods,DietarySupplements,andHerbalMedicinesDivisionoftheUnitedStatesPharmacopeia(USP).HeearnedhispharmacydegreeanddoctorateinmedicinalchemistryfromtheUniversityofBuenosAiresandspent17yearsteachingandresearchingmedicinalchemistry,drugstability,anddruganalysisattheUniversity’sSchoolofPharmacy.Dr.Giancasprohasservedinleadershippositionsforseveralcompanies—includingRigecin,Schwabe-Argentina,andKampel-Martian—wherehewasresponsibleforregulatoryaffairs,analyticalresearchanddevelopment,andqualitycontrolofherbalmedicines.HejoinedUSPin1995asavisitingscientistandlaterbecamethedirectorfordietarysupplementsinUSP’sDocumentaryStandardsDivision,thedivisionchargedwithdevelopingmonographsforherbaldietarysupplements.Dr.GiancasproisamemberofAOACInternationalandwasaneditorialboardmemberoftheJournalofAOACInternational.

JoergGruenwald,PhD,isFounderandChiefScientificAdvisorofAnalyze&RealizeGmbHinBerlin,Germany,aspecializedresearchandconsultingcompanyfornaturalhealthproducts,phytomedicines,functionalfoods,dietarysupplements,andothernaturalmedicinalitems.Previously,heservedasco-founderandboardmemberofInQPharmandchiefscientificofficerofBiotropicsMalaysia.Hehasauthoredandedited13books,includingPhysician'sDeskReferenceforHerbalMedicines,Plant-BasedIngredientsforFunctionalFoods,andactedasaco-editoroftheAmericanBotanicalCouncil’sTheCompleteGermanCommissionEMonographs,aswellasover300scientificarticles.HehasworkedasadvisortotheOfficeofDietarySupplementsattheU.S.NationalInstitutesofHealth,isontheInternationalAdvisoryBoardoftheResearchCouncilforComplementaryMedicine,waschairmanoftheAmericanHerbalProductsAssociation’sInternationalCommittee,isamemberoftheCouncilforResponsibleNutrition’sBotanical/QualityStandardsCommittee,andamemberoftheAdHocGrouponBotanicalsoftheUnitedStatesPharmacopeia(USP).

PierreSelimHaddad,PhD,isdirectoroftheNaturalHealthProductsandMetabolicDiseasesLaboratoryanddirectoroftheResearchTeaminAboriginalAntidiabeticMedicinesinthepharmacologydepartmentattheUniversitédeMontréalinQuebec,Canada.HereceivedhisPhDinpharmacologyfromtheUniversitédeMontréalin1986,afterearninghisbachelor’sdegreeinphysiologyfromMcGillUniversityin1981.In1992,Dr.HaddadwastherecipientoftheYoungPhysiologistAwardfromtheAssociationdesPhysiologistes.In2014,hereceivedtheNaturalHealthProductsResearchSociety’sNeilTowers“PrideofBurma”Award.HeservedasanexpertpolicyadvisorforHealthCanada’sNaturalHealthProductsDirectorate,asaresearchconsultantandcoordinatorfortheLucieandAndréChagnonFoundation,andasanexpertpolicyadvisorforEnvironmentCanada’sOfficeofBiodiversity.HesitsonthescientificadvisoryboardoftheInstituteofAboriginalPeoples’HealthoftheCanadianInstitutesofHealthResearchsince2009.

JamesHarnly,PhD,isananalyticalchemistwithexpertiseinatomicandmolecularspectroscopyandmorethan40yearsofexperiencewithindustryandgovernmentorganizations.HehasservedastheresearchleaderfortheFoodCompositionandMethodsDevelopmentLaboratoryattheBeltsvilleHumanNutritionResearchCenter—adivisionoftheUSDepartmentofAgriculture’sAgriculturalResearchService—since1997,whereheisdevelopingnewanalyticalmethodsfortheidentificationofcompoundsinbotanicalproducts.Todate,Dr.Harnlyhasauthoredmorethan130peer-reviewedpapers,18technicalreportsandbookchapters,andholdstwopatents.HewastheeditoroftheJournalofAnalyticalAtomicSpectrometryfor22years,andisamemberoftheSocietyforAppliedSpectroscopy,AmericanSocietyforNutrition,AmericanSocietyforMassSpectrometry,andAOACInternational,forwhichheservedasboardpresidentfrom2013to2014.

MichaelHeinrich,Dr.rer.nat.habil,M.A.,Dipl.Biol,FLS,isapharmaceuticalbiologist/pharmacognosistandanthropologistwithmultidisciplinaryresearchinterestsincludingmedicinalandfoodplantresearch,particularlybioactivenaturalproducts,aswellastheinterfaceofculturalandnaturalsciencesonthetraditionaluseoffoodandmedicinalplants,primarilyinMexicoandtheMediterranean.Hecurrentlyistheheadoftheresearchcluster“BiodiversityandMedicines”andprofessorattheUCLSchoolofPharmacyintheUnitedKingdom.HeisalsotheeditorinchiefofFrontiersinEthnopharmacology,reviewseditorforJournalofEthnopharmacology,andamemberoftheeditorialboardforawiderangeofjournalsintheareaofmedicinalplantresearch.Previously,hewasthefoundingdirectorofSouthernCrossPlantScienceprogramatSouthernCrossUniversityinLismore,Australia.Heisalsotheco-authororeditorofsixbooks,includingthesecondeditionofFundamentalsofPharmacognosyandPhytotherapyandPhytopharmacy:AnEvidence-BasedGuidetoHerbalMedicinalProducts(April2015).

AndreaOttesen,PhD,istheresearchareacoordinatorformetagenomicsintheMolecularMethodsandSubtypingBranchoftheDivisionofMicrobiologyattheUSFoodandDrugAdministration’sCenterforFoodSafetyandAppliedNutrition,focusingonmicrobialecologyandmetagenomicsofhigh-riskcrops.SheisalsoanadjunctassistantprofessorfortheDepartmentofPlantScienceandLandscapeArchitectureattheUniversityofMarylandandspentmanyyearsasabotanicalresearchtechnicianattheJimDukeGreenFarmacyGardensdoingmedicinalplantresearch.Inherpositionasadjunctassistantprofessor,sheco-taught“MedicinalPlantsoftheAmazon”withDr.JimDukeinthePeruvianAmazon.Shecurrentlymentorsgraduateandundergraduateresearchteams.Dr.Ottesenhasgivenmanypresentationsregardingherworkandresearcharoundtheworld.

GuidoPauli,PhD,FAPA,hasbelongedtotheCollegeofPharmacyattheUniversityofIllinoisinChicagosince2001,whenhejoinedthefacultyasaresearchprofessorfortheInstituteforTuberculosisResearch.Hebecameamemberinfullstandingofthegraduatefacultyin2002asanassistantprofessorattheDepartmentofMedicinalChemistryandPharmacognosy,advancedtotherankofprofessorin2012,andwasnamedUniversityScholarin2014.Heteachespharmacognosyandpharmaceuticalbiologyinadditiontoadvisinggraduatestudentsandpostdoctoralfellows.HehasservedasamemberforpanelsandworkgroupsfortheNationalCenterforComplementaryandIntegrativeHealth(formerlytheNationalCenterforComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine),partoftheNationalInstitutesofHealth,since2006,andtheUnitedStatesPharmacopeia(USP),since2010.HeistheassociateeditorofChineseHerbalMedicinesandhasservedontheeditorialboardsandaspeerreviewerforseveralEnglish-andSpanish-languagephytomedicinepublications.

AlainTouwaide,PhD,isanexpertinancientMediterraneanbotanywithafocusonmedicinalplants.HehasservedasscientificdirectoroftheInstituteforthePreservationofMedicalTraditionssince2007andhasbeenaSmithsonianInstitutionresearchassociatesince2011.Dr.Touwaideearnedhisbachelor’s,master’s,anddoctoraldegreesfromtheUniversityofLouvaininBelgium.Overthecourseofhiscareer,hehasbeenafellowattheDumbartonOaksCenterforByzantineStudies,aRockefellerFoundationFellowattheUniversityofOklahoma,ascholar-in-residenceattheNationalLibraryofMedicine,andavisitingprofessoratuniversitiesaroundtheworld.Heistheauthor/coauthorofeightbooksandnumerousbookschapters,essays,andscholarlypapers.In2014,hereceivedaprizefromtheInternationalSocietyfortheHistoryofMedicinehonoringhisoutstandingcontributiontothehistoryofmedicine,andwaselectedFellowoftheInternationalAcademyoftheHistoryofScienceforhislife-longdedicationtothediscipline.