Canada examines science behind health products

By staff reporter

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A conference on natural health products to be held in Canada next
month aims to examine the latest research advances and product
introductions in the arena.

Organized by the country's Natural Health Product Research Society (NHPRS), the event will provide a platform for discussion between scientists and representatives from academia, industry and government. According to NHPRS, the conference will mark the first natural health product (NHP) scientific event and will provide a "critically needed forum for dialogue amongst NHP research stakeholders". "This is a unique opportunity for industry to see, firsthand, evidence-based new concepts and the proposition underlying them that will prove paramount for the innovation of new product development and integration of natural health products into a multidisciplinary healthcare and health promotion model,"​ said NHPRS president Dr Vlad Vuksan. The event, 'Science Across Borders, Global Natural Health Products Research',​ will be held March 26-29, 2008, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The program includes:

  • A presentation of natural health products around the world

  • Traditional knowledge and modern practice

  • Science Across Borders.

Presenters include:

  • Norman Farnsworth of the University of Chicago

  • Mark Blumenthal of the American Botanical Council

  • Michael Balick of the Institute of Economic Botany, New York Botanical Gardens

  • Alex Richardson of the UK's University of Oxford Dept of Physiology

  • Rosario Rojas of Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, Peru

  • Roberta Lee of Beth Israel's Continuum Center for Health and Healing (CCHH), USA

  • M. J. Nanjen of JSS College of Pharmacy, Ootacamund, India

NHPRS is a non-profit group that supports scientific research on the safety, quality and efficacy of natural health products. This year's conference is supported by Canada's federal health agency, Health Canada, the U.S. Office of Dietary Supplements, and leading companies committed to NHP research. For more information, click here​.

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