ASP Press release – 9 October 2015, http://www.pharmacognosy.us/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015_Nobel_Press_Release.pdf.
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Development of vaccines for urushiol, the active compouond of poison ivy, was the focus of an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 Aug 2015 (http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20150823_Is_relief_near_for_poison-ivy_sufferers_.html). Included was a focus on the work in this area by Mahmoud Elsohly, University of Mississippi. Elsohly’s group is close to launch of a clinical trial.
The work of John R. Porter and Kyung A Koo (University of the Sciences) and Rebecca G. Wells and Michael Pack (Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania) on a plant compound that is the basis for biliary atresia in Australian lambs was highlighted in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 Aug 2015 (http://bit.ly/1NtZ6Ge). [...]
A new book focusing on the research of Bob Pettit will appear soon. Waging War on Cancer. Dr. Pettit’s Lifelong Quest to Find Cures by Robert S. Byars. FriesenPress. ISBN 978-1-4602-5976-4 (Hardcover; 978-1-4602-5977-1, Paperback; 978-1-4602-5978-8, eBook).
The noted alkaloid chemist, emeritus professor at University of California San Diego, dies at age 88.
The Officers and Executive Committee members of the ASP are saddened to report the death of Les Mitscher, Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kansas. Dr. Mitscher has been a long-time member of ASP, past President of the Society (1992-1993), ASP Fellow (from 2007), recipient of the Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award (2007), [...]
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Benson was perhaps most noted for his co-discovery of the Calvin-Benson cycle of photosynthesis
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 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-16-001.html (Phased Innovation Award in Exploratory Clinical Trials and Studies of Natural Products in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics R21/R33), http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-16-002.html (Exploratory Clinical Trials and Studies of [...]
The officers and members of the ASP Executive Committee have submitted a letter to provide comment on a new guidance document at USPTO (http://www.uspto.gov/patents/announce/myriad-mayo.jsp), Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products (Guidance), which has implications for the patenting of natural products, derivatives and [...]
IMS-088 derivative of withaferin A, from Withania somnifera, active in TANA pathway important for the disease.