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Nominations of Candidates for Award of the Varro E. Tyler Prize for 2016

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The Varro E. Tyler Prize is to recognize an individual who has made outstanding scientific contributions to the broad field of dietary supplements, with special emphasis on botanicals. The contributions should be in an area of phytochemistry, pharmacognosy, or pharmacology. Notable contributions to botanical studies outside these primary areas of emphasis, including, for example, clinical investigations, may also be eligible for consideration.

Nominations of candidates for the award of the Tyler Prize for 2016 should be submitted to the Chair of the Selection Committee, Dr. Chantal Bergeron ( by May 31, 2015. No special nomination form is required, but the nomination should include a letter outlining the candidate’s significant contributions to the field and a detailed curriculum vitae of the nominee, including a complete listing of publications. Reprints of 2-3 significant papers may be included. Other types of supporting documents that may be listed are books, unpublished speeches, patents, and the like. Up to two supporting letters may also be submitted on behalf of a candidate/nominee. Membership in the ASP is not a requirement for consideration, nor is eligibility restricted on the basis of nationality. For further information, please refer to

Varro E. Tyler Prize Committee

Natural Products Grants from NIH

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

NIH has posted some RFA announcements that are of interest to the natural products community. Specific details on each proposal focus and award mechanism can be found at (Phased Innovation Award in Exploratory Clinical Trials and Studies of Natural Products in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics R21/R33), (Exploratory Clinical Trials and Studies of Natural Products in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics, R33), (Methods Development in Natural Products Chemistry, R43/R44), and (Methods Development in Natural Products Chemistry, R41/R42).


1st International Conference on Natural Products for Cancer Prevention and Therapy, Istanbul, Turkey, August 31 – September 2, 2015

Friday, March 13th, 2015; This global event will feature plenary, key and short lectures, poster presentations, and various social activities. It is expected that a large number of scientists and faculty members from various universities, research institutes and industries from different parts of the world will present and discuss the value of natural substances in preventing and managing cancer. Faculty of Pharmacy, Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey, Dr. Anupam Bishayee, Co-Chair.

2014 ASP Election

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The election of the American Society of Pharmacognosy is under way (March 1-31, 2015). A call for ballots is being sent to active members by email. Positions on the ballot include Vice-President and  a member of the Executive Committee. In addition, several proposed changes to the society Constitution will be decided. Any problems with the balloting should be sent to the Webmaster, John R. Porter,

Carl Djerassi, 1923-2015

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Carl Djerassi, noted for work covering a wide range of chemical fields, including much work on small molecules, and both fiction and non-fiction writing, died Friday, January 30, 2015. Stanford News obituary.