ISPMF2015 contains 14 sessions consisting of 12 plenary lectures (KL 30 min + 5 min), 20 invited lectures (IL 20 min +5 min), 55 short lectures (SL 15 min + 5 min), and poster sessions. The posters will be displayed for the whole duration of the meeting and have preferred time slots in the conference's program.



25 June, Thursday



From 07:00

26 June, Friday 


08:00 – 08:30

Opening Address

Jianbo Xiao

Zhi-Hong Jiang

 Simon Gibbons

Mei Han

08:30 – 10:15

Plenary Session 1 (Room 1#)

Moderators: Simon Gibbons, Zhi-Hong Jiang

08:30 – 09:05

PL1: Francisco A. Macías, Spain

Fitotoxicsaponins from Agavaceae family

09:05– 09:40

PL2: Chin-Kun Wang, Taiwan

Antiaging-from discovery to clinical study

09:40 – 10:15

PL3: Simon Gibbons, UK

Phytochemicals: Potential sources of new antiinfectives and psychoactives

10:15 – 10:45

Refreshment Break

10:45 – 12:35

Session 1: Polyphenols and human Health

Moderators:Mingfu Wang, Anca Miron

(Room 1#)

Session 2: Bioactivity of natural products (I)

Moderators: Marc Diederich, Amir Reza Jassbi

(Room 3#)

10:45 – 11:10

IL1: Mingfu Wang (China): Novel roles of phenolics in management of food quality and human health

IL3: Fang Chen (China): Prevention of phytochemicals on the toxicity of neo-formed compounds (NFM) during food processing

11:10 – 11:35

IL2: AncaMiron (Romania): Stilbene derivatives from Pinuscembra L. bark and their cytotoxic effects on HeLa cells

IL4: KalinYanbo Zhang (Hongkong): Investigation of effect mechanisms and clinical study of polysaccharide of Dendrobium officinale in alleviating cigarette-induced COPD

11:35 – 11:55

SL1: Jean-Paul Vincken (Netherlands): Modulating the properties of dietary flavonoids and isoflavonoids

SL4: Bai-Yi Lu (China): Advances in phytochemicals, biological activities and toxicology of common edible flowers

11:55 – 12:15

SL2: Izabela Nawrot-Hadzik (Poland): Anti-glycation and antioxidant properties of polyphenol-enriched fractions from Giant knotweeds (Reynoutria sp.)

SL5: Mohamad MukhlisSaktiyawan (Indonesia):  Phytochemicals and power test inhibition spoon leaf extract (Plantago major L.) and fruit sugar-apple (Annona squamosa L.) on xanthine oxidase activity

12:15 – 12:35

SL3: Tsun-Thai Chai (Malaysia):  Phenolic-rich water fraction of edible medicinal fern Stenochlaenapalustris is a potent antiglucosidase and antioxidant agent

SL6: Baodong Zheng (China): Nutritional composition, physiological functions and processing of lotus (NelumbonuciferaGaertn.) seeds: a review

12:35 – 14:00


14:00 – 16:15

Session 3: Antimicrobial and antifungal activities of phytochemicals

Moderators: Franz Bucar, Zhi-Hong Jiang

(Room 1#)

Session 4: Analytical techniques for phytochemicals

Moderators:  KrystynaSkalicka-Woźniak, Francisco A. Macías

(Room 3#)

14:00 – 14:35

IL5: Franz Bucar (Austria):Zingiberaceae -- a source of antimicrobials and resistance modulators

IL6: Evelyn Wolfram (Switzerland):Enzymatic bioautography on HPTLC: combined phytochemical and activity screening tool for medicinal plants quality assessment and in vitro cultivation bioprocess control

14:35 – 14:55

SL7: Carla Araya-Cloutier (Netherlands):Prenylation of phytochemicals through fungal elicitation of seeds to increase their antimicrobial potential

SL10: Igor Rodin (Russia):New HPLC-MS methods for ginsenoside profiling and identification in roots and ginseng based products

14:55 – 15:15

SL8: Fai-Chu Wong (Malaysia):Investigation of antibacterial mechanism and identification of bacterial protein targets mediated by three antibacterial plant extracts

SL11: Ming Du (China):Structure and bioactivity of lactoferrin from milk

15:15 – 15:35

SL9: Wen-Wu Li (UK):Antimicrobial activities and chemical compositions of Pogostemoncablin (Blanco) Benth.andPerillafrutescens (L.) Britt. in a traditional Chinese medicine formula

SL12: Lun-Zhao Yi (China):Metabolomics combined with chemometrics reveals chemical features of PericarpiumCitriReticulatae and PericarpiumCitriReticulataeViride

15:35 – 15:55

Technology report: Jin Yan(Thermo Fisher, China):Comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography separations of TCM by DGLC coupled with Tandem Mass spectrometer

SL13: Pittayaporn Boontakham (Thailand):Rapid analysis of the key aroma compound, 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline, in rice plant at different growth stages using automate headspace-gas chromatography with nitrogen-phosphorus detector

15:55 – 16:55

Refreshment Break/Poster section 1 (No. 1-60) (Room 5#)

16:55 – 18:50

Session 5: Ethnomedicine and traditional food

Moderator: Gille Elvira,  Fang Chen

(Room 1#)

Session 6: Leads finding from Nature

Moderators: Simon Gibbons, Jun Lu

(Room 3#)

16:55 – 17:20

IL7: Gille Elvira (Romania):Starting from Danube Delta folk medicine data to novel nutraceuticals

IL9: Jun Lu (New Zealand):Potential biomedical use of New Zealand seaweed Undariapinnatifida

17:20 – 17:45

IL8: Shang-Gao Liao (China):Pharmacological and chemical investigations of Polygonumcapitatum-an ethnic Miao’s herb used in the treatment of urinary tract infections

IL10: Amir Reza Jassbi (Iran):Bioactive phytochemicals from shoots and roots of Salvia species

17:45 – 18:10

SL14: Kehinde O. Soetan (Nigeria): Studies on the proximate analysis, minerals, antinutritional factors and in vitro anthelmintic effects of Moringaoleifera leaves (FHI 109897) on bovine helminth eggs

IL11: YueweiGuo (China):Exploring for new secondary metabolites with pharmacological potential from the Mangroves of southern coast of China

18:10– 18:30

SL15:Yue Huang (China): Evaluation of Chinese rice wine on the antioxidant activities in D-galactose induced aging mice      

SL16: Dostálek Pavel (Czech):Biologically active compounds from hops and their prospects


18:30– 18:50


SL17: ShafikaAbdelhamidZaki (Egypt): Phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables

19:00 – 21:00

Welcome Reception

From 07:00

27 June  Saturday


08:00 –09:45

Plenary Session 2 (Room 1#)

Moderators:Satya Sarker, Franz Bucar

08:00 – 08:35

PL4: Petra Högger, Germany

Pharmacokinetics and cellular effects of a French maritime pine bark extract in humans

08:35 – 09:10

PL5: Zhi-Hong Jiang, Macau

Sphingolipidomic and cyclopeptidomic studies on Cordycepssinensis

09:10 – 09:45

PL6: Wenhua Ling, China

Anthocyanins prevent atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases – basic and applied studies

09:45 – 10:15

Refreshment Break

10:15 – 12:25

Session 7: Isolation/Structure elucidation of natural products

Moderators: Milen I. Georgiev, Evelyn Wolfram

(Room 1#)

Session 8: Bioseparations and downstream processing of natural products

Moderators: Francisco A. Macías, Jianbo Xiao

(Room 3#)

10:15 – 10:40

IL12: Milen I. Georgiev (Bulgaria): Pharmaceutically important phenylethanoids: Isolation, bioactivities and biosynthesis

IL13: Inwook Choi (South Korea):Suggestions on enhancing functional properties of phytochemicals

10:40 – 11:00

SL18: KrystynaSkalicka-Woźniak (Poland): Counter-current chromatography as a modern and efficient tool for separation on biologically active compounds from plant matrix

SL22: Ming Chi Wei (Taiwan):Extraction of α-humulene-enriched oils from clove by ultrasound-assisted supercritical carbon dioxide extraction and studies of its solubility

11:00 –11:20

SL19: Hua Deng (USA):Phytochemical products development and regulation for the global market including US, EU and Asia

SL23: Aleksandra Cvetanović (Serbia): The influence of a modifier on the recovery of bioactive aglycone from chamomile by superheated water

11:20 – 11:40

SL20: S. M. Gardiner (UK):Quantitative TD-GC-ToF MS analysis of volatile compounds in a controlled-flow headspace extract from cured Vanilla planifolia pods

SL24: Yu-Chiao Yang (Taiwan):Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction of ursolic acid from Rabdosiarubescens assisted by ultrasound and its solubility determination.

11:40 – 12:00

SL21: ShailendraGurav (India):Bioactive guided fraction, isolation and characterization of antitumor phyto-constituents from Aphanamixixpolystachya

SL25: OrranuchNorkaew (Thailand):Effects of packaging methods and storage time on anthocyanin contents in Thai JaoHom Nin rice

12:00 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:40

Session 9: Biotechnology and bioprocess engineering for phytochemicals production

Moderator: Xiao-Hong Yu, Tatiana V. Matveeva

(Room 1#)

Session 10: Natural antioxidants

Moderator: Chin-Kun Wang, Maurizio Battino

(Room 3#)

13:30 – 13:55

IL14: Xiao-Hong Yu (USA):Progress towards engineering high levels of unusual fatty acid nutraceuticals in plants

IL15: Maurizio Battino (Italy):The healthy effects of strawberry polyphenols: which strategy behind antioxidant activity?

13:55 – 14:20

SL26: Tatiana V. Matveeva (Russia):Influence of Agrobacterium oncogenes on secondary metabolism of plants: naturally transgenic Linaria plants as a new model for investigation

SL31: Masaaki Terashima (Japan):Comprehensive evaluation of antioxidant activity of foods based on structure change of a target protein

14:20 – 14:40

SL27: Guoyin Kai (China):Enhanced diterpenetanshinone accumulation and anti-cancer activity of transgenic Salvia miltiorrhizahairy roots by pathway engineering

SL32: Xin Wang (China):Flavonoid profiles, antioxidant potential, and acetylcholinesterase inhibition activity of the extract from archegoniophore of Marchantiapolymorpha


14:40 – 15:00

SL28: Ling Li (South Korea):Production of ginsenoside F2 using Lactococcuslactis with improved expression of β-glucosidase from Paenibacillusmucilaginosus

SL33: Marcos Soto-Hernández (México): Potential of Brosimumalicastrum as edible plant by its contents in phytochemicals and phytohormones and evaluation of antioxidant activities

15:00 – 15:20

SL29: Pan Liao (Hong Kong):Manipulation of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A synthase for health-promoting isoprenoid production

SL34: Jicheng Chen (China):Hypolipidemic effect of tetramethylpyrazine on HepG2 cells

15:20 – 15:40

SL30: WoohaJoo (South Korea):Production of phenolic acids from cereals using lactic acid bacteria

SL35: Jianbo Xiao (China):Stability of polyphenols under the cell culture conditions: Avoiding erroneous conclusions

15:40 – 16:40

Refreshment Break/ Poster section 2 (No. 61-) (Room 5#)

16:40 – 18:10

Session 11: Carbohydrate Polymers

Moderator: MingyongXie, Satya Sarker

(Room 1#)

Session 12: Pharmacokinetics of phytochemicals

Moderator: Petra Högger, Mei Han

(Room 3#)

16:40 – 17:05

IL16: Shao-ping Nie (China):The structuralcharacteristic and bioactivity of polysaccharide from Dendrobium officinale

IL17: Maria Daglia (Italy):Chemical composition, influence of digestion and biofunctional properties of green tea and GABA tea (Camellia sinensis L.)

17:05 – 17:30

SL36: Yi Zhang (China):Structural characteristics and physicochemical properties of lotus seed resistant starch prepared by different methods

SL39: Xue Zhao (China):Antithrombotic activity of oral administered low molecular weight fucoidan from Laminaria Japonica and possible mechanism

17:30 – 17:50

SL37: Roman Bleha (Czech):Isolation and structural characterization of pectic compounds from fruits of quince (Cydonia oblonga) and Chinese quince (Pseudocydoniasinensis)

SL40: Jia-yi Fan (Hongkong):Snow lotus herb’s investigation: pharmacokinetics study of Saussurealaniceps

17:50 – 18:10

SL38: Zebin Guo (China):Structural and physicochemical properties of lotus seed starch treated with ultra-high pressure

SL41: Na Du (China):The interactions between green tea and anticancer drug paclitaxel on pharmacodynamics in vitro and in vivo

18:10 – 20:00



From 07:00

28 June Sunday


08:00 – 10:15

Plenary Session 3 (Room 1#)

Moderator:Francisco A. Macías, Mei Han

08:00 – 08:35

PL7: MingyongXie, China

Study on the structure and bioactivity of polysaccharides from food resources

08:35 – 09:10

PL8: Young-JoonSurh, South Korea

Bioactive phytochemicals in spices and herbs in the development of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals

09:10 – 09:45

PL9: Satya Sarker, UK

A journey of a phytochemist - witnessing the changing face of phytochemical research

09:45 – 10:05

Refreshment Break

10:05 – 11:35

Session 13: Bioactivity of natural products (II)

Moderator: Zhi-Hong Jiang, Maria Daglia

(Room 1#)

Session 14: Cardioprotection with phytochemicals

Moderators: Yoshitaka Takahashi, Thomas Netticadan

(Room 3#)

10:05 – 10:30

IL18: Hye-Kyung Na (South Korea):Piceatannol induces Nrf2-mediated antioxidant gene expression and inhibits NF-kB-mediated pro-inflammatory gene expression in human mammary epithelial cells

IL19: Thomas Netticadan (Canada): Cardioprotection with polyphenols

10:30 – 10:55

SL42: Boris Nemzer (USA):Effect of whole coffee fruit extract phytochemicals on antiradical activity and BDNF in healthy subjects

SL45: Hongwei Si (USA):Combinations of genistein, EGCG and/or resveratrol synergistically inhibit pre-adipocyte differentiation by suppressing PPAR-γ/C/EBP-α pathway

10:55 – 11:15

SL43: Lijun You (China):Effect of polysaccharides from Tremellafuciformis on UV-induced photoaging

SL46: VišnjaPopović (Belgium):Novel anti-inflammatory daucane esters from Laserpitiumzernyi Hayek (Apiaceae)

11:15 – 11:35

SL44: Ting Li (Macau): ILG suppresses human T lymphocyte activation via modulation of cysteine 46 of IκBα kinase

SL47: Minh Hien Hoang (Vietnam):Squalene improves lipid and glucose metabolism in high-fat-fed rats by activating peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha

11:35 – 12:20


12:20 – 20:00


20:00 – 23:00

Gala dinner


29 June Monday

08:30 – 10:15

Plenary Session 4 (Room 1#)

Moderator: Young-JoonSurh, Petra Högger

08:30 – 09:05

PL10: Yoshitaka Takahashi, Japan

Inhibition of atherogenic 12-lipoxygenase activity by tea extracts

09:05 – 09:40

PL11: DidemŞöhretoğlu& Randolph Arroo, UK

The role of flavonoids in the prevention of degenerative diseases

09:40 – 10:15

PL12: Hiromi Yamashita, Japan

Biological function of acetic acid-Improvement of obesity and glucose tolerance by acetic acid in type 2 diabetic rats

10:15 – 10:35

Refreshment Break

10:35 – 12:25

Session 15: Anti-cancer/Cancer prevention

Moderator: Young-JoonSurh, Marc Diederich

(Room 1#)

Session 16: Functional phytochemicals in food

Moderator: Hiromi Yamashita, Randolph Arroo

(Room 3#)

10:35 – 11:00

IL20: Marc Diederich (South Korea):Crosstalk between cell death modalities as a pharmacological target

SL52: Yuan-Feng Zou (China & Norway):Polysaccharides with immunomodulating activity from Codonopsispilosula roots

11:00 – 11:20

SL48: Chloe D Goldsmith (Australia):Phytochemical compounds from OleaEuropaea leaf extracts have anti-pancreatic cancer activity

SL53: OlayinkaTaiwoAsekun (Nigeria):Phyto-constituents investigation and in-vivo hair growth promotion of the leaf of Hibiscus Rosa sinensisplant

11:20 – 11:40

SL49: Hongwei Cheng (Canada):Aquatic extract of Canadian manufactured phytoplankton significantly reduces clonogenic and metastatic activities in various cancer cells

SL54: Guan-huBao (China):Progress in natural products from tea and other food related materials


11:40 – 12:00

SL50: Wing-Hin Lee (Australia):Development of inhalable curcumin nanoparticle for lung cancer treatment

SL55: ShivrajHariram Nile (South Korea):Colored mulberry fruit extract as a potential natural colorant

12:00 – 12:20

SL51: Bin He (China):Screening of Traditional Chinese Medicines for SIRT5 inhibitors as potential therapeutic agents in cancer


12:20 – 12:40

Awards and Grants

   Closing ceremony





Prof. Simon Gibbons

Professor of Medicinal Phytochemistry and Head of Research Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry at the UCL School of Pharmacy, London, UK


Simon Gibbons (SG) is Professor of Medicinal Phytochemistry and Head of Research Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry at the UCL School of Pharmacy, in London. His group have published over 170 papers on the chemistry and antibacterial activity of natural products from plants and his expertise is in the isolation, structure elucidation and biological evaluation of these compounds. Latterly the group has also moved in to the analysis of Novel Psychoactive Substances (‘legal highs’), which are legal drugs of abuse related to existing controlled substances that are stimulants, depressants or hallucinogens.

SG is a Council Member of the UK Home Office Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and Chairman of the Novel Psychoactive Substances Committee (NPSC). He was Vice-President and President of the Phytochemical Society of Europe from 2010-2016 and has been honoured for his work as recipient of the Pharmanex Prize for Phytochemistry (2012), the first Tshwane University of Technology Vice Chancellor’s Seminar Award and the 2005 Phytochemical Society of Europe - Pierre Fabre Award for Phytochemistry.

SG is founding Editor-in-Chief of Phytochemistry Letters, a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Natural Product Reports, Planta Medica, Phytochemical Analysis, Phytochemistry Reviews, Fitoterapia, Phytotherapy Research, Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines (CJNM), ScientiaPharmaceutica and Phytopharmacotherapy.






Prof. Zhi-Hong Jiang (姜志宏)

Director of Macau Institute for Applied Research in Medicine and Health, and Deputy Director of State Key Laboratory for Quality Research in Chinese Medicines, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau.



Professor Jiang obtained the Bachelor and Master degrees from China Pharmaceutical University in 1987 and 1990, respectively. He earned his PhD degree from Nagasaki University, Japan in 1998. After postdoctoral training in Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, USA from 1999-2001, he joined School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2001 as an assistant professor, and  was promoted to be an associate professor in 2005 and full professor in 2008. In July 2011, he moved to Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST), and took the positions of Director of Macau Institute for Applied Research in Medicine and Health, and Deputy Director of State Key Laboratory for Quality Research in Chinese Medicines (MUST). In September 2013, he was appointed as Associate Vice President (for Research) of Macau University of Science and Technology.

Prof. Jiang’s research fields include natural products chemistry, quality control of Chinese medicinal herbs, metabolomics, bioorganic chemistry. He has published more than 180 SCI papers including JACS, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Analytical Chemistry, Organic Letters, Scientific Reports. He received awards of “National Outstanding Scholar” of NSFC of China, and “Changjiang Scholar” of Ministry of Education of China. His research was financially supported by Macau Science and Technology Development Fund, Research Grants Council of University Grants Committee of Hong Kong, Department of Health of HKSAR, National Natural Science Foundation of China and National Institutes of Health of USA. He serves as a member of Editorial Board of “Scientific Reports”, Associate Editor of “Chinese Medicine” and a member of International Advisory Board of “ChemMedChem”.

Recent  Publications:

1) J.R. Wang, W.D Guan, L.F. Yau, W. Gao , Y.Q. Zhan, L. Liu, Z.F. Yang, Z.H. Jiang. Glycomic Signatures on Serum IgGs for Prediction of Postvaccination Response. Scientific Reports, 5, 7648, 2015.

2) L.P. Bai, Hagihara, K. Nakatani, Z.H. Jiang.Recognition of Chelerythrine to Human Telomeric DNA and RNA G-quadruplexes.Scientific Reports.4, 6767, 2014.

3) J.R. Wang, H. Zhang, L.F. Yau, J. Mi, S. Lee, K.C. Lee, P. Hu, L. Liu, Z.H. Jiang. Improved Sphingolipidomic Approach Based on Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Multiple Mass Spectrometries with Application to Cellular Neurotoxicity. Analytical Chemistry, 86, 5688-5696, 2014.

4) S. Parhira, G.Y.Zhu, Z. Yang, L. Liu, L.P. Bai, Z.H. Jiang. 2’-Epi-uscharin from the Latex of Calotropisgigantea with HIF-1 Inhibitory Activity".Scientific Reports, 4, 4748, 2014.

5) G.Y. Zhu, G. Chen, L. Liu, L.P. Bai, Z.H. Jiang.Lactam-bearing Limonoids from the Twigs and Leaves of Amooratsangii. J. Nat. Prod., 2014, 77, 983-989, 2014.

6) J.R.Wang, L.F Yau, R. Zhang, Y. Xia, J. Ma, H.M. Ho, P. Hu, M. Hu, L. Liu, Z.H. Jiang. Transformation of Ginsenosides from Notoginseng by Artificial Gastric Juice Can Increase Cytotoxicity towards Cancer Cells. J. of Agric. and Food Chem. 62, 2558-2573, 2014.





Prof. Petra Högger

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Germany


Education (Undergraduate, Graduate, Postgraduate, Fellowships)

1984-1988 Undergraduate Student in Pharmacy, WestfälischeWilhelms-University, Münster, Germany

1988-1989 Internships in a Public Pharmacy (Münster) and Pharmaceutical Industry (Rottendorf Pharma, Ennigerloh)

1989-1992  Graduate student in Pharmacy

1992      Ph.D, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, WestfälischeWilhelms-University, Münster

1993-1994  Postdoctoral Fellow, Fellowship (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), University of California San Francisco, School of Pharmacy, USA


Professional Licensure

1989      Approbation (Licensure) as Pharmacist Academic and Professional Positions Held

1994-2000 Research Associate, WestfälischeWilhelms-University, Münster

2000      Habilitation

2000-    Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Germany


Research Interests

•Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of herbal extracts: mechanisms of action and identification of active principles

•Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of inhaled and intranasal drugs

•Biochemical marker compounds of inflammation

Memberships in Scientific, Professional and Scholarly Societies

•German Pharmaceutical Society (Deutsche PharmazeutischeGesellschaft, DPhG), Focus Group Clinical Pharmacy

•European Respiratory Society (ERS)


Professional Activities, Service to Scholarly and Professional Journals

•GUEST EDITOR for: Pharmazie in unsererZeit (2/2009 and 5/2011)

•EDITOR for: Nutrition and Medicine (since 2012)

•GUEST EDITOR for: Current Drug Metabolism (2013)






Franz Bucar, Mag. pharm. Dr.

Associate Professor

Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Pharmacognosy, University of Graz, Universitätsplatz 4, A-8010 Graz, Austria




Study of Pharmacy and PhD study at the University of Graz, Austria. Post doctoral studies at The School of Pharmacy, University of London, U.K. and the Department of Pharmacognosy, Biomedical Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden. Habilitation for Pharmacognosy at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Graz in 1999; Associate Professor in Pharmacognosy.Deputy Head of the Department of Pharmacognosy since 2004.Academic advisor of international students of pharmacy at the University of Graz.

Regional representative for Middle Europe of the Phytochemical Society of Europe, PSE (2006 – 2010), General Secretary of the Phytochemical Society of Europe since 2012. Member of the Executive Board of the Austrian Pharmaceutical Society since 2004.

Member of the organizing committees of several international congresses (e.g. 55th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant Research, Graz, Austria; 13th International Congress of the Society for Ethnopharmacology, Graz, Austria; Trends in Natural Products Research, A Young Scientists Meeting of PSE and ÖPhG, Obergurgl, Austria; Co-Chairman, International Symposium “Plants from High Altitude – Phytochemistry and Bioactivity”, Obergurgl, Austria; Chair of the Organizing Committee, 23rd Scientific Meeting of the Austrian Pharmaceutical Society (ÖPhG), Graz, Austria).Member of the Management Committee, COST Action BM0701 “Antibiotic Transport and Efflux – new strategies to combat bacterial resistance (ATENS)”.

Subject editor of Phytochemistry Letters; member of the scientific advisory boards of the journals Phytotherapy Research and ScientiaPharmaceutica and the review boards of several scientific journals (Journal of Ethnopharmacology; Journal of Natural Products; Planta Medica, Phytochemistry, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, etc.).

Major research activities focus on drug discovery from traditional medicinal plants using bioassay-guided research strategies. Current topics of investigations include isolation, structure elucidation and analysis of plant constituents from traditional medicinal plants with antibacterial and antiinflammatory activity as well as plant natural products as modulators of bacterial resistance.

Author and co-author of ca. 115 scientific papers, book chapters and reviews.






Prof. Yoshitaka Takahashi

Professor and Dean, Faculty of Health and Welfare Science, Okayama Prefectural University, Japan


After he obtained MD in School of Medicine in Tokushima University in 1986, Dr. Takahashi obtained his doctorate in Medical Biochemistry in the Graduate School of Medicine in Tokushima University in 1991.  Dr. Takahashi then joined to the same school where he directed research of enzymology and molecular biology of arachidonate metabolizing enzymes, particularly the analysis of the enzymological features of lipoxygenase isozymes.  After he came back from Professor Waterman's lab in Vanderbilt University in 1995 where he studied on the transcriptional regulation of cytochrome P-450, Dr. Takahashi joined the Graduate School of Medicine in Kanazawa University where he elucidated pathophysiological roles of the lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase isozymes, in particular, the roles of the enzymes in the cancer development, the regulation of neuronal cell excitation, and the development of atherosclerosis.In 2004 Dr. Takahashi joined the Faculty of Health and Welfare Science in Okayama Prefectural University as the Professor of the Department of Nutritional Science and now he is Dean of the Faculty.  Dr. Takahashi is now studying on the application of the regulation of arachidonate metabolizing pathways on prophylaxis and treatment of diseases, for example, an application of a recombinant antibody to leukotrienes for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, an application of phytochemicals inhibiting arachidonate metabolizing enzymes for the prevention of life-style diseases, and so on.

Main Research Field:

  1) Eicosanoid biochemistry

  2) Molecular biology and pathophysiology of arachidonate metabolizing enzymes

  3) Phytochemical medicine

Recent publications:

1. Takahashi Y, Otsuki A, Mori Y, Kawakami Y, Ito H. Inhibition of leukocyte-type 12-lipoxygenase by guava tea leaves prevents development of atherosclerosis. Food Chem. 2015, 186:2-5.

2. Kawakami Y, Hirano S, Kinoshita M, Otsuki A, Suzuki-Yamamoto T; Suzuki M, Kimoto M, Sasabe S, Fukushima M, Kishimoto K, Izumi T, Oga T, Narumiya S, Sugahara M, Miyano M, Yamamoto S, Takahashi Y. Neutralization of leukotriene C4 and D4 activity by monoclonal and single-chain antibodies. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2014, 1840(6): 1625-1633.










Prof. Dr. Young-JoonSurh

Director & Professor

Tumor Microenvironment Global Core Research Center

College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University

Seoul 151-742, South Korea

E-mail: (


Dr. Young-JoonSurh is a Professor of Biochemistry at the College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, South Korea. He currently serves as Director of Tumor Microenvironment Global Core Research Center Research Center, which is supported by the National Research Foundation, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Prof. Surh graduated from Seoul National University with BS (Pharmacy) and MS (Pharmaceutical Biochemistry). He earned a PhD degree at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA as the last graduate student of Elizabeth C. Miller and James A. Miller who are pioneers in chemical carcinogenesis research. Professor Surh then had postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Dr. Steven Tannenbaum. In 1992, he was appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. Since relocating to Seoul National University in 1996, Dr. Surh has been investigating the molecular mechanisms of cancer prevention with anti-inflammatory and antioxidative phytochemicals, with emphasis on intracellular signaling molecules as prime targets. He is currently the Associate Editor of Molecular Carcinogenesis, Toxicology & Applied Pharmacology, and Free Radical Research, and Editorial Board member of Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, International Journal of Cancer, Mutation Research, Life Sciences, Food and Chemical Toxicology, Biofactors, Genes and Nutrition, Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition, etc. He is also editor of the following books: Oxidative Stress, Inflammation and Health (CRC Press), Molecular Targets and Therapeutic Use of Curcumin (Springer-Veralg), and Dietary Modulation of Cell Signaling Pathways (CRC Press). Prof. Surh has published more than 250 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and more than 60 invited editorials, reviews and book chapters. The total number of citations of his publications is more than 14,000 (excluding self-citations) as of May. 2015. The H-Index reported by Thomson Reuter of Web Knowledge is 65. He received numerous awards including Elizabeth C. Miller and James A. Miller Distinguished Scholar Award from Rutgers University (2011), McCormic Science Institute Award from American Society for Nutrition (2009), the Merit Award from the International Society of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (2010), the Scientist of the Year Award from the Korea Science Reporters Association (2008), and most recently the Distinguished Scientist Award given by President of South Korea (2013). He published a seminal review article, titled cancer chemoprevention with dietary phytochemicals, in Nature Reviews Cancer which has been highly cited (more than 1,200 times).






Prof. Francisco A. Macías

Allelopathy Group, Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Cadiz, Sciences School, C/ RepúblicaSaharaui, s/n. 11510-Puerto Real (Cádiz). Spain



Francisco A. Macías was born in La Línea de la Concepción, Cádiz, Spain (1956). He has been Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry in Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA during five years where he establishes a strong collaboration program with Professor Nikolaus H. Fischer in the field of Allelopathy. Presently, he is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cadiz, (Spain) since 2000. He has been honoured with the 1999 Rhône-Poulenc Rorer Award, Amsterdam, The Netherland, from the Phytochemical Society of Europe (PSE) and the 2011 Molish Award, Guangzhou, China, from the International Allelopathy Society (IAS). Their general philosophy is to learn from Nature: “If we know the way that plants made possible their inter- and intra-specific relationship within a specific ecosystem, we can mimic certain processes and think in natural applications as natural herbicides, natural insecticides, etc.” His research interest are related with different aspects of Allelopathy including higher plants and microorganisms, involves studies on natural and modified ecosystems, and developing of new methodologies for allelopathic studies including mode of action. He heads the “Cadiz Allelopathy Group” which is pioneer in Europe in Allelopathic Studies from the Organic Chemistry viewpoint with a multidisciplinary structure. During this period, his group has isolated, identified, characterized or synthesized, and tested the bioactivity of more than 2500 potential allelochemicals and derivatives belonging to a wide range of chemical families as aglycons and/or glycosides (simple phenolics; coumarins; flavonoids; lignans; terpenoids: mono-, sesqui-, di-, spirodi-, mero- and triterpenoids; steroids; benzoxazinoids; and others) that allow the corresponding structure−activity relationship studies (SAR) to be carried out. He is author of 11 international patents. His publications exceed 235, with book chapters; he has co-edited 2 books on Recent Advances in Allelopathy and has supervised 26 Doctoral Theses and delivered more than 270 lectures around the world including: USA, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, UK, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Swiss, Denmark, Austria, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Romania, Georgia, Russia, Check Republic, Israel, India, China, Japan, Australia, and South Africa.

Research Interest: Allelopathy Studies in Plants, Lichens and Microorganisms; Plant-Plant and Plant-microorganism interactions in Natural and Agroecosystems; Parasitic Plants; Biosynthesis and Synthesis of Bioactive Natural Products; Structure-Activity Relationship (SAR); Bioassays in Allelopathy Studies; Physiological effects of Allelochemicals; Search for Natural Agrochemical Models.

Selected publications:

1. Heredia-Vieira, Silvia C.; Simonet, Ana M.; Vilegas, Wagner; Macias, Francisco A. Unusual C,O-fused glycosyapigenin from SerjaniuamarginataCasar. Leaves. Journal of Natural Products, 2015, 78(1): 77-84.

2. Macias, Francisco A.; Carrera, Ceferino; Galindo, Juan C. G. Brevianes Revisited. Chemical Reviews 2014, 114 (5): 2717- 2732.

3. Macias, Francisco A.; Marin, David; Oliveros-Bastidas, Alberto; Molinillo, Jose M. G. Rediscovering the bioactivity and ecological role of 1,4-benzoxazinones. Natural Product Reports, 2009, 26(4): 478-489.

Editorial Board member of the following journals: Phytochemistry Letters, Sept 2007-, Natual Product Communications, Set. 2005-, Allelopathy Journal, 1996-, Medicinal Chemistry Research, Nov.2011-, Phytochemistry Reviews, Sept 2012-, Phytochemical Analysis, Sept 2012-.




Dr. Maurizio Battino

Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Dept of Clinical Sciences

Faculty of Medicine, UniversitàPolitecnicadelle Marche, Italy


He is the director of the Centre for Health and Nutrition, Universidad Europea del Atlantico (Santander, Spain), the director of Nutrition & Health projects and Master courses at FUNIBER on-line platform (Barcelona-Spain), the director and Coordinator of Doctorate in Nutrition at Universidad InternacionalIberoamericana (UNINI, Campeche, Mexico).

His research group, the Bioenergetics Group, investigates the way of mitigating disease processes through the correct use of specific foods (mainly berries and dietary fats) and of their bioactive compounds. Targeted diseases are those related directly with mitochondrial impairment (e.g., fibromyalgia) and/or inflammation processes and oxidative stress including metabolic syndrome, cancer, atherosclerosis and periodontal diseases.

Dr. Battino has more than 25 years of experience in bioenergetics and in food research with special emphasis on the role of natural antioxidants and his studies are documented in more than 200 peer-reviewed research articles with h-index = 43 according to Google Scholar MyCitations or h-index = 37 according to Scopus and ISI Web of Science; he has also co-edited several books and special issues.

He was BSc in Bologna, PhD in Catania and post-doc in Granada (Spain); he obtained a MS in International Communication Technology in Medicine (Ancona) and was awarded with a Doctor Honoris Causa degree by the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” Bucharest (Romania). He currently reviews scientific articles for over four dozen peer-reviewed journals, serves as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Berry Research (IOS Press), Diseases (MDPI), Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition & Metabolism (IOS Press) and Non Invasive Biomedicine (PHS), as Associate Editor of Molecules (MDPI), and in the editorial board of Food Chemistry (Elsevier), Plant Food for Human Nutrition (Springer), Nutrition and Aging (IOS Press), Antioxidants (MDPI) and Internatinal Journal of Molecular Sciences (MDPI).






 Prof. Wenhua Ling

Sun Yat-sen University (northern campus), 74 Zhongshan Road 2, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510080, P. R. China, Phone: 86-20-87331597, E-mail:


Professor Ling Wenhua is the professor in nutrition sciences at School of Public Health, SYSU. He obtained PhD degree in University of Eastern Finland in 1993. After then, he spent a few years (1993-1997) to be as a post-doctoral fellow in McGill University and British Columbia University of Canada. He returned to China and has been working at the Department of Nutritional Science, School of Public Health in SYSU from March 1997 till present. Now he is chairman of Nutrition Association of Guangdong Province, and the Vice Chairman of Preventive Medicine Association of Guangdong Province. His research is focusing on preventive role of nutrients, phytochemical against chronic diseases including obesity, atherosclerosis, diabetes and hepatic steatosis. He chaired more than 20 national grants including one state key project from Ministry of Science and Technology, two key projects from NSFC (National natural sciences fund of China), two 973 projects, and four general NSFC projects, ect. He has published more than 150 papers in international journals including J Clin Invest, Circulation Res, Diabetes Care, Clin Chem, ATVB, Am J Clin Nutr, JBC and J Nutrition as the correspondent author. He was a tutor for 100 excellent doctoral thesis national wide in 2008. The research achievements from his group on the effect of nutrition prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease has won the first levels award of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province and the first level award of Natural Science of Education Ministry, China in 2009, respectively. Also he is granted as the national excellent teacher in 2009.

Research Direction: 1. Nutrition and cardiovascular diseases; 2. The protective role of phytochemicals or lactobacillus against metabolic syndrome and atherosclerosis; 3. Epidemiology on metabolic syndrome.


Selected publications:

1. Ding D,Qiu J, Li X, Li D, Xia M, Li Z, Su D, Wang Y, Zhang Y, Zhang J, Lv X, Xiao Y, Hu G*, Ling W*. Hyperglycemia and mortality among patients with coronary artery disease. Diabetes Care. 2014;37(2):546-54. (IF 8.6)

2. Wang D, Yan X, Xia M, Yang Y, Li D, Li X, Song F, Ling W*. Coenzyme Q10 promotes macrophage cholesterol efflux by regulation of the activator protein-1/microRNA-378/ATP-binding cassette transporter G1-signaling pathway. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014; 34(9): 1860-1870. (IF 6.3)

3. Li Z, Zhang Y, Su D, Lv X, Wang M, Ding D, Ma J, Xia M, Wang D, Yang Y, Qiu J, Hu G*, Ling W*. The opposite associations of long-chain versus very long-chain  monounsaturated fatty acids with mortality among patients With coronary  artery disease. Heart. 2014;100(20):1597-605.(IF 6.0 )

4. Xia M*, Liu Y, Guo H, Wang D, Wang Y, Ling W*. Retinol binding protein 4 stimulates hepatic SREBP-1 and increases lipogenesis through PGC-1beta- dependent pathway. Hepatology. 2013;58(2):564-75. (IF 11.7)

5. Xiao Y, Zhang Y, Wang M, Li X, Su D, Qiu J, Li D, Yang Y, Xia M, Ling W*. Plasma S-adenosyl

homocysteine is associated with the risk of cardiovascular events in patients undergoing coronary angiography: a cohort study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013;98(5):1162-9. (IF 7.6)




Prof. Maria Daglia

University of Pavia, Italy


Prof. Maria Dagliaobtained her degree in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Technologies at the University of Pavia in 1989 (110/110 cum laude). In 1993, M.D. received her PhD in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Technologies, in 1996, she obtained her Specialization in “FarmaciaIndustriale” (50/50). In the same year she obtained a Post-Doctoral fellowship at the University of Pavia. In 1998 she became Technician in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. In 2002 she became Assistant Professor in Food Chemistry at the University of Pavia and finally, from 2015, she is Associate Professor in Food Chemistry at the University of Pavia.

M.D. scientific and research activities are focused on two fields: 1- study of biological and functional properties of foods (mutagenic properties of Maillard reaction products, antioxidant and specific antiradical properties of water soluble vegetable components in chemical and biological systems, antibacterial and antiadhesive properties against plaque bacteria, antidepressive-like properties of natural compounds, either naturally present or also induced following thermo/technological treatments in foods, useful in nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic fields; 2- development of analytical spectrophotometric and chromatographic methods (TLC, GC, GFC, HPLC, HPLC-MS) useful in the identification and determination of active compounds used in pharmaceutical industry, occurring in biological fluids and in foods.

Prof.Daglia’s research activity is documented by more than 70 scientific papers and by about 90 communications to national and international congresses.

Prof. Maria Dagliaparticipated to several research projects supported by local grants (Pavia Ateneum project, and regional grants), national grants (Italian Ministry of University and Research grant – M.U.R.S.T. co-financing - for PRIN Projects - Programs of Scientific Search of Important National Interest) and UE grants (STREP – “Towards functional foods for oral health care – isolation, identification and evaluation of beverage and food components with anti-caries and/or anti-gingivitis activities” coordinated by Prof. Wilson (UCL Eastman Dental Institute – London).M.D. is reviewer of papers for international Journals (Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, International Journal of Food Science and Technology, Food and Chemical Toxicology, Food Research International, Food Chemistry, etc.). She was guest editor of two special issues of Curr Pharm Biotechnol entitled: “Polyphenols: well beyond the antioxidant capacity” and “Therapies targeting oxidative stress for human diseases: where are we now?” (Guest Editors, Nabavi SM, Daglia M, Sureda A). Moreover, Prof. Maria Daglia is guest editor of the special issue of Nutrients related to 2015 Phytochemical Society of Europe meeting in collaboration with the Phytochemical Society of - International Symposium on Phytochemicals in Medicine and Food (ISPMF 2015).








Dr.Milen I. Georgiev

The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology,Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,139 Ruski Blvd.,4000 Plovdiv,Bulgaria


MilenGeorgiev, PhD in Biotechnology, is heading plant biotechnology, natural products chemistry and metabolomics work. He has 12+ years of experience in natural products and has published in excess of 70 papers (e.g. in Trends in Biotechnology, Biotechnology Advances, and Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology among others). He has delivered invited lectures in 12 different countries. Dr. Georgiev holds several grants from the National Science Fund of Bulgaria and framework programs of EU (incl. H2020). He spent several years abroad as postdoctoral scientist in Germany (2005-2007) and in The Netherlands (2010-2012), both supported by the Marie Curie program of EU. In 2011 he was awarded by the Bulgarian Government with Pythagoras award for the best outstanding young scientist.

Dr. Georgiev serves as an Associate Editor of Phytomedicine (Elsevier) and on the Editorial board of Biotechnology Letters (Springer), also prepared Guest Editorials for Biotechnology Advances (Elsevier), Phytochemistry Reviews (Springer) and Food Chemistry (Elsevier). He was a chairman of the International Conference on Natural Products Utilization: from Plants to Pharmacy Shelf (ICNPU-2013, Bansko, Bulgaria) with 230 attendees from 40 different countries.

His current research focuses on the biosynthesis of fine molecules and the development of biotechnological tools for their sustainable mass production along the application of emerging modern platforms for comprehensive metabolite profiling (i.e NMR-based metabolomics) and biochemometrics.







Prof. Satya SarkerBPharm (Hons) MPharm PhD FHEA

Director of School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Faculty of Science

Liverpool John Moore University, Liverpool L3 3AF, England, UK


Research interests:

      Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery: Pharmaceutical, Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry

      Biosynthesis of pharmaceutically and nutritionally important plant secondary metabolites

      Application of modern hyphenated techniques (LC-MS and LC-NMR) in natural products research

      Metabolomics of medicinal plants

      Toxicological and pharmacological evaluation and quality control of herbal medicine

      Development of bioassays for screening plant extracts and isolated compounds

      Synthesis of pharmaceutically important compounds

      Phytochemistry and bioactivity of mangrove plants from the Sundarbans

Membership of journal editorial board:  •Editor-in-Chief, Phytochemical Analysis (2010-present), Associate Editor, TANG Journal (May 2011-present)

•Guest Editor, Special issue of Natural Product Communications in honor of Professor Peter G Waterman (2008), and Special issue of Advances in Pharmacological Sciences on ‘Anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive and antipyretic activities of medicinal plants and their constituents’ (2012).

•Member of the Editorial / Editorial Advisory Board:

Phytochemical Analysis (2006-2009), Chromatographia (Jan 2008-present), Natural Product Communications (Jan 2007-Dec 2010), The Open Natural Product Journal (Jan 2009-present), International Journal of Synthesis and Characterisation (IJSC) (Jan 2008-present), International Journal of Phytomedicine (Jan 2009-present), Stamford Pharmaceutical Journal (Jul 2006-present), DARU (Jan 2009-present), Systematic Reviews in Pharmacy (Jan 2010-present), Pharmacognosy Magazine (Jan 2010-present), Pharmacognosy Research (Jan 2010-present), Tripolitana Medical Journal (Oct 2009-present), Journal of Pharmaceutical Negative Results (Jun 2010-present), Analytical Chemistry Letters (Jul 2010-present), Pharmaceutical Methods (October 2010-present), Free Radicals and Antioxidants (Dec 2010-present), BioImpacts (March 2011-present), Journal of Scientific Abstracts (April 2011-present), ISRN Chromatography (November 2011-present), Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Development (December 2013-present), iProbe Pharmaceutical Science & Development (Jan 2014-present)

List of selected publications:

Total number of publications: 380

Total citations: Well over 6200 (source: Google Scholar)

h-index: 37 (source: Google Scholar)

i10-index: 190 (source: Google Scholar)







Dr. Evelyn Wolfram

Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Institute of Biotechnology

Phytopharmacy Research Group, Waedenswil, Switzerland


Professional experience:

From 2009 ZHAW, Institute of Biotechnology, Wädenswil, CH, Lecturer and Senior Researcher (Dozentin) and Leader of Phytopharmacy Research Group.

Main duties teaching on Bachelor and Master level in quality management and good manufacturing practice, phytopharmaceutical technology and science of natural products.

2006-2009 Cosmetochem International AG, Steinhausen, CH, Head of Research and Development, Quality Control and Quality Management.

2002-2005 Frutarom Switzerland Ltd., Wädenswil, CH, Head of Research and Development Plant Extracts Pharma.

2001-2002 Cytos Biotechnology AG, Schlieren, CH, Head of Bacterial Fermentation Laboratory, Process Development;

1997-2001 ForschungzentrumJülich, Institute for Biotechnology, Jülich, D, Doctoral research studies in collaboration with TU München and DASGIPmbH, Jülich; Development of a patented process for the substrate control in low volume reaction vessels (shaking flasks) for microbial fermentation and biotransformation processes.



2001 Doctoral degree in Biotechnology at the Department of bioprocess engineering, TU München, Germany.

1997 Dipl.-Ing.Environmental Engineering – TU Berlin, Germany.

1996 Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.


Main areas of research:

- Phytochemical analysis for quality control of herbal raw material and herbal medicinal products in cooperation with expert groups of Swiss and European Pharmacopeia.

- In vitro cultivation and secondary metabolite production of medicinal plants.

- Development of HPLTC bioautography for screening of plant extracts and QC and field applications.








ELVIRA GILLE, Senior Researcher 1st degree

Senior Researcher of Plant and Experimental Department and Head of NIRDBS/”Stejarul” Biological Research Centre, Piatra Neamt, ROMANIA.



Ph.D. in Biology (1996), Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Biology, University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza”, Iasi, Romania with Professor Emanoil Grigorescu.

MSc in Food Supplements: Medicinal Plants and Nutraceuticals (2007-2008) „Gr.T.Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi, Romania.

Post-graduate specialization in Medical Biology (1977-1978), „Al.I.Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania.

Professional experience

Biologist, Researcher, Senior Researcher, 1st degree, Head of NIRDBS/”Stejarul” Biological Research Centre, Piatra Neamt, ROMANIA (2002-present). Senior researcher 2nd degree, Head of Plant Biology Laboratory (1996-2000). Coordinator of investigation themes performed by biology teachers to obtain the Didactic degree I; Full professor of Biochemistry of the “SpiruHaret” University (1992-1995) and the Medicinal Plants and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the Nursing College Piatra Neamt (1984-2003); assisted the Neamt Olympics in Biology and Genetics (1984-2003); Full professor of Biochemistry at the “Al.I.Cuza” University Iasi, Extra-Mural Department, Piatra Neamt (2000-2003);

Main organizer of scientific meetings:

-Chairman of the Organizing committee of the Phytochemical Society of Europe Conference Phytochemicals in Medicine and Pharmacognosy” in Piatra Neamt, Romania (2014).

-National Symposium “Medicinal Plants – Present and Perspectives” (editions 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2011 – 6-82 of June), Piatra Neamt, Romania;

-Member of editorial committees: ActaPhytotherapicaRomanica (year 6, no.1-2); Romanian Biological Sciences (2004-present); Organizing Committee of the S-E European Medicinal Plant Society (AMAPSEC), IIIrd edition (2004) and the IVth edition (2006).

Research interests: Studying medicinal and aromatic plants, morpho-chemical evaluation of some natural population, vegetal extracts, phytochemistry, food supplements, elaboration of supplement formulas, vegetal cytogenetics, phytobiological testing, chemical characterizion of plants obtained by in vitro multiplication.

Professional membership:

AMAPSEEC South-East European Society of Medicinal Plants – Founding member, since 2000;

Phytochemical Society of Europe (PSE) – Regional Representative for Eastern Europe, 05/2010 – 05/2014;

Member of the SEE Network Standardization Commission (South East Europe Project);

Member of PhD commissions biology, agriculture, pharmacognosy (in Romania and Republic of Moldova), 2000 – present .

Author of over 250 papers (national, BDI, ISI); 1 national patent; national expert of the calls PNCDI II Project (2010, 2011); project director/scientific project manager in national and European projects.







Dr. Randolph Arroo

De Montfort University, Leicester School of Pharmacy, The Gateway, Leicester, LE19BH, United Kingdom


Dr Randolph Arroo is Reader in Phytochemistry at DMU Leicester School of Pharmacy. After obtaining MSc in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Utrecht, he worked as a Research Fellow on plant cell biotechnology at the Dutch Institute for Applied Science (TNO). Subsequently, he did his PhD-research on regulation of plant secondary metabolic pathways at the University of Nijmegen. In 1995, he accepted his lectureship in Leicester.

He has a continued interest in the biosynthesis of medicinal natural products, but other current projects are on the mechanisms underpinning the activity of dietary natural products in the prevention of degenerative diseases, and on the development of drugs to treat neglected tropical diseases.

He has been an active Committee Member of the Phytochemical Society of Europe since 2000. Further, he is serving on the British Pharmacopeia Commission’s Working Party on Microscopy, and is on the editorial boards of the journals Phytotherapy Research, Phytochemical Analysis, and Phytochemistry Reviews, and of the book series Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (Medicinal Plants).