Medicinal plant lecture series 1

When and where

10 June 2019
11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, London, NW1 4LE

Medicinal plant lecture series 1

This is the first of three lectures in our medicinal plant lecture series of 2019. The talks in this session will cover topics on the College's Pharmacopea Londinensis of 1618, how medicinal plants from the colonies came to be listed in pharmaceutical texts and the botanical origins of pharmaceutical medicines.

1.30pm    Registration
2pm         Lecture
3pm         Tea and coffee with garden tours of relevant plants
4pm         Lecture
5pm         Book launch
6.30pm    Event finishes

'Colonial medicinal plants and pharmacopoeias of the British Empire 1837 - 1932'
Professor Stuart Anderson

in 1837 the British East India Company set up a committee to examine the use of indigenous remedies, and in 1844 a Bengal Pharmacopoeia was published to provide guidance on the use of indigenous medicinal plants. Those of proven value soon found their way to England, and many were eventually included in the British Pharmacopoeia or British Pharmaceutical Codex. In this talk Professor Stuart Anderson considers how medicinal plants from the colonies came to be listed in British pharmaceutical texts and entered pharmacy practice throughout the empire.

'Botanical origins of pharmaceutical medicines'
Professor Alan Boyd

Compounds isolated from plants have been mainstay of drug therapy for centuries, with such medicines as digoxin for the treatment of heart failure and aspirin for pain relief. Around twenty-five per-cent of all the current prescription medicines are derived from plants and are used to treat a wide diversity of diseases. However, although there around 250,000 plant species, very few have been investigated to see how useful they might be as a pharmaceutical medicine. The lecture will provide details of how we utilise medicines derived from plants today and which medicines that are currently under development have originated from plants. 

'Pharmacopoeias since Galen: their evolution into the College's Pharmacopea Londinensis of 1618'
 Dr Henry Oakeley

A bibliographic look at the evolution of content and format of the College’s greatest publication, the Pharmacopoea Londinensis of May 1618. Rare examples of its predecessors will be displayed. Copies of the Pharmacopoea Londinensis of May 1618 in facsimile will be for sale during the afternoon and at th ebook launch after the lectures