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Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is now accepting applications for the Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum on June 7–9, 2016, at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

This 3-day practicum will provide a thorough overview on the issues, concepts, unknowns, and controversies about dietary supplements and supplement ingredients. It will also emphasize the importance of scientific investigations to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and value of these products for health promotion and disease prevention as well as how to carry out this type of research.

Please share this information with your colleagues who might be interested in applying to attend—especially faculty, students, and practitioners with a serious interest in the subject. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 4, 2016.

Nobel Prize Lecture in Physiology or Medicine, Satoshi Omura

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The Nobel Prize Lectures in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was given today, including ASP Fellow Professor Satoshi Ōmura’s lecture entitled, “A splendid gift from the Earth: The origins & impact of Avermectin.”

Nominations open for 2017 Norman R Farnsworth ASP Research Achievement Award

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Norman R Farnsworth ASP Research Achievement Award. This award is given annually by the American Society of Pharmacognosy, and consists of an honorarium of $5,000 and travel expenses to present the award lecture at the annual meeting of the Society in Portland, OR, July 29 – August 2, 2017. This is the premier award of the Society, and candidates must be members of the Society who have made outstanding contributions to research on natural products.

Nominations are due to Dr. David Kingston ( by February 15, 2016. Nominations must consist of a single pdf document comprising a nominating letter, a curriculum vitae of the candidate, and supporting letters from two or three individuals who are familiar with the candidate’s scientific accomplishments. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nominations are invited for this award. Unsuccessful nominations remain active for two additional years, but can be updated with new information, if appropriate.

Special Science Supplement on Traditional Medicine

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

AAAS, publishers of Science magazine, continues its special series on traditional medicine in its November 13, 2015, issue. The supplement can be read at  (doi: 10.1126/science.350.6262.871-c).

ASP Executive Committee mourns passing of David Slatkin

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

The ASP Executive Committee mourns the very great loss on Monday, November 16 of a major figure in the Society and an Honorary Member, Dr. David J. Slatkin, who had been bravely fighting Parkinson’s disease for several years. David became Treasurer of ASP in 1981, and served superbly in this capacity for over 30 years. He had an incredible knowledge of the how the Society operated, and was irrepressible in his enthusiasm for natural products. In 2004, he was the main organizer of the International Congress of Natural Products Research, Phoenix, AZ. In addition to serving the ASP with such dedication and distinction, David was also a talented senior administrator for several Colleges of Pharmacy. His most recent appointment was as Founding Dean of the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy, and he served also as Founding Dean of both the Chicago College of Pharmacy, Midwestern University and of the Midwestern University College of Pharmacy, Glendale, Arizona. Earlier he was faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, where he became Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. His initial appointment as a faculty member was at Northwest Louisiana University, Monroe, LA. A native of Brooklyn, NY, David held Bachelor’s degrees from Wayne State University (Chemistry; 1966) and Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy (Pharmacy; 1968), as well as M.S. (1971) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.  David co-authored about 80 research articles, and was a frequent referee for the Journal of Natural Products. He was the recipient of the Merck Award while at Mercer University and an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education – Edwin Leigh Newcomb Memorial Fellow at the University of Mississippi. In 1999, Dr. Slatkin was selected by American Pharmacist magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in the United States.