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Smriti College of Pharmaceutical Education, Indore organises seminar on herbal medicines

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‘Herbal medicines: Journey from lab research to marketed formulations’ was the theme for the one-day seminar

A national seminar on ‘Herbal Medicines: Journey from lab research to the marketed formulations’ was held at Smriti College of Pharmaceutical Education, Indore, on April 29, 2016. Sponsored by Madhya Pradesh Council of Science & Technology (MPCST),  the seminar was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Dr Pavan Kumar Dubey, Group Director, Swami Vivekanand Group of Institutions, Indore and the Guest of Honour, Dr Arun K Gupta, Principal, RKDF Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Indore. Chief Coordinator, Dr AG Hariharan and Convener Dr Neelesh Malviya, welcomed the guests.

The speakers at the event were Prof SH Mishra, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat; Prof Ajay G Namdeo, Department of
Pharmacognosy, Poona College of Pharmacy; Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune; Sanjay Gyanee, Managing Director, Alchemy Chemicals, Ujjain; and Prof Anil U Tatiya Department of Pharmacognosy, RC Patel Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research, Shirpur.

In the first lecture, Prof (Dr) Mishra gave a presentation on Rasayana of Ayurveda and New Drug Discovery. The second guest speaker was Dr Ajay G Namdeo, who gave a presentation on the topic, ‘Application of Medicinal Plant Biotechnology in Production of Phytopharmaceuticals’. Plant secondary metabolites are  economically important as drug, fragrances, pigments, food additives and pesticides.

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The seminar was attended by 240 delegates. Renowned academicians shared novel ideas and their research experience. They touched on various aspects of research in herbal drug discovery that involves a multifaceted approach combining botanical, phytochemical, biological, and molecular techniques. The objective of the seminar was to provide novel inputs on herbal drug discovery and development from medicinal plants.

The seminar also highlighted the latest scientific breakthroughs and explored innovative technologies as well as approaches through a poster presentation.

The abstracts for the poster presentation comprised themes such as Pharmaceutical Technology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Quality Assurance, Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs.

The valedictory session was chaired by Dr Love Kumar Soni School of Pharmacy, DAVV Indore, and Dr RV Sheorey Modern Institute of Pharmacy Prizes were distributed to the winners of the poster presentation competition. Rakesh Barik and Malviya gave the vote of thanks. The conference was well received by all the guests and delegates.

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