Seminar: Indigenous Medicinal Plants from Western Himalayas, Pakistan as Potential Candidates of Modern Day Medicine


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Environment Seminar by Muhammad Asad Ghufran, Visiting Scholar, University of Hawaii, Hilo; Visiting Scholar, EWC

When: Jun 9 2008 (All day)
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012 (Third Floor), 12 Noon - 1:00 PM

Indigenous people around the world have the tendency
to use medicinal plants from their surrounding areas. They have learned this
skill over the centuries and contain their own independent systems of medicine
and cure basically derived from this traditional knowledge. The western
Himalayas in Pakistan
have a great potential for the ethno-medicinal research, attributable to the
remarkable flora with many medicinal plant species. The local system of
medicine, belief and cultural use of these plants make this area interesting
for search of prospective medicinal plant species to find cure for complex
ailments. Some local herbal preparations have a reputation for cure of simple as
well as complicated diseases like cancer. At this seminar, Mr. Muhammad Asad
Ghufran will share some of these research findings.

an East-West Center Visiting Scholar, Muhammad Asad Ghufran was doing his field
research since 2002, on Ethno-botanical and Taxonomic studies of medicinal and
economically important plants of western Himalayas.
He has an M.A. in Biology, Master of Philosophy in Environmental Biology, and he
has partially completed his Ph.D. research work in the Herbarium of Pakistan at
Department of Plant Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam
University Islamabad. He has published over 10 research articles
in different journals and has also consulted for a number of international and
national agencies and non-Government Organizations. Mr. Muhammad Asad Ghufran was
an Overseas Visiting Research Fellow at a Cancer research lab at College of Pharmacy,
University of Hawai΄i at Hilo. During 2003 he received Higher Education
Commission, Pakistan's
Indigenous Ph.D. scholarship, and a scholarship under International Research
Support Initiative program during 2007.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Anna Tanaka
Phone: 944-7607