International Society for Ethnopharmacology
Newsletter February 2010
Vol. 8 / Issue 1

In this issue
  1. Editorial
  2. 11th Congress of the International Society of Ethnopharmacology (ISE 2010) and First Spanish-Portuguese Ethnobiological Symposium (EHPE), September 20 - 25, 2010, Albacete, Spain
  3. Confirmed Keynote Lectures and Plenary Lectures at ISE 2010, Albacete, E
  4. Roundtables/Symposia at ISE 2010
  5. New Books
  6. More Upcoming Conferences
  7. Interesting Links
  8. News from Elsevier and JEP
  9. Membership Renewal Form/ Membership Application Form 2010
  10. Impressum

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2-11th Congress of the International Society of Ethnopharmacology (ISE 2010) and First Spanish-Portuguese Ethnobiological Symposium (EHPE), September 20 - 25, 2010, Albacete, Spain
The ISE 2010 and EHPE will be organised by the University of Castilla-La Mancha and the International Society of Ethnopharmacology and will take place in Albacete (Castilla La Mancha), Spain. This joint conference will be one of the most exciting and prestigious events in the field of medicinal plant sciences. The Organizing Committee hopes to see you there. Please visit the congress website, which provides detailed information about core aspects of the congress. Please note that registration and submission of abstracts will all be handled via the website:
3-Confirmed Keynote Lectures and Plenary Lectures at ISE 2010, Albacete, Spain
Keynote Lectures
Vernon Heywood (Reading, UK)
Rudolf Bauer (Graz Austria)
Plenary Lectures
J. Buxo (Girona, Spain), Robert Bye (México, D.F., México), Edelmira Linares (México, D.F., México), Elaine Elisabetsky (Porto Alegre, Brazil), Marco Leonti (Cagliari, Italy), Will McClatchey (Hawai’i, USA), Pulok Mukherjee (Kolkata, India), Victoria Reyes Garcia (Barcelona, Spain), Johannes v. Staden (Scottsville, South Africa), Caroline Weckerle (Zurich, Switzerland), Zhao Zhong-zhen (Hong Kong, PRC)
4-Roundtables/Symposia at ISE 2010
Commercialization of Bioactive Compounds or Extracts from Plants
Many of the publications in the field of ethnopharmacology are focussed on discovering compounds that can be developed into pharmaceutical products or therapeutically useful complex extracts. Yet there are very few examples where success has been attained. The complications in developing commercially useful plant based products and examples where success have been attained would provide an interesting topic for discussion. There are many factors that play a role in this process. Several scientists who have attained success in this activity have been invited to give presentations and participate in a roundtable discussion.
Confirmed speakers:
Vinesh Maharaj
, CSIR South Africa - Combining ancient knowledge with modern science: New products such as Hoodia from Medicinal Plants
Louis Maes, University of Antwerpen, The Netherlands – (draft title) The challenges and pitfalls in the drug development project for PX-6518 used in treating leishmaniasis.
JN Eloff, J Kruger and H Chikoto, University of Pretoria, South Africa - The low and middle road in developing two herbal products that are now in the market
Anybody interested in presenting an oral or poster presentation at the symposium should contact the organizer Prof JN Eloff, Leader Phytomedicine Programme, University of Pretoria.,

Herbal Medicines - Systems Biology and Synergy.
Phytomedicines are highly complex, and it has long been considered that their effects are not always due to the presence of a single ‘active’ molecule. Synergistic effects have been shown to take place between constituents in some cases. Individual components of a mixture can act on different biological targets related to the therapeutic indication, providing what is sometimes known as a multi-factorial approach. The session aims to give an overview of these effects and how they can be measured, for example using metabolomics, as well as the implications for bioassays and evaluating interactions with other herbs and conventional drugs.
Symposium Chair: Liz Williamson, UK
Elizabeth Williamson
, Reading, UK - Synergy and multi-factorial effects: examples and their implications
Robert Verpoorte, Leiden, NL - Using metabolomics to measure the complex biological effects of mixtures
Michael Heinrich, London, UK - Assessing the interaction risks of medicinal plant extracts using a metabolomic approach
Peter Taylor, Caracas, VE – A place for natural products in the multi-targeted approach to cancer therapy
For more information please contact Peter Taylor:

Young Researcher's Symposium and Roundtables
This Symposium is open to the public in general, but focused on students from all over the world and their research. Each participant must be a Doctoral, Post-doctoral or Master student, presenting original research with full results. “International” roundtables with five participants will be organized. Presentation (15 min) and discussion (15 min) will give the new researchers a forum to show their work to the public and to network among themselves. For more information please contact Sol Cristians Niizawa:

Global Health & Ethnopharmacology
Symposium Chairs: Gerard Bodeker and Janna Weiss
This panel aims to bring a public health perspective to ethnopharmacology, addressing public health and policy as important and valid arenas for research. Community and society, considered as researchable units rather than as general context, will be a focal theme. Key public health themes include large scale, population-based research on ethnopharmacology – such as the Bangalore-based NGO FRLHT’s research on more than 100,000 village communities & their use of herbal home gardens in reducing common illness, family healthcare expenditures, promoting women’s herbal micro-enterprise projects, and thereby contributing to poverty alleviation. Other themes include a focus on priority diseases of poor nations and populations – HIV, TB & malaria, as well as on special populations and their needs – e.g. refugees, women in poverty, Indigenous communities. Mental health is a universal and important public health issue that includes alleviating violence and depression, as well as cultural practices and approaches for creating healthy minds and societies. The International Society of Ethnopharmacology, as a society, is well suited to promote and contribute to global public health. Herbal medicine and traditional medical healers constitute a major source of healthcare worldwide. Ethnopharmacology, the scientific field dedicated to research of the therapeutic uses of plants and traditional medical knowledge, has an important role to play in the continuation and improvement of this extensive global health knowledge and resource base. The symposium is intended to serve as a catalyst for inter-sectoral partnership, especially with the public health research community, and the emergence of a new stream in the work of ISE members and their constituencies.
For more information please contact Janna Weiss:

Continuum between Ritual and Medicinal Plant Uses
In many cultures, not only medicinal plants, but also rituals and the use of ritual plants for healing are essential. If we take the Himalayas as an example, we will find diverse ethnic groups living in an environment characterized by a high biodiversity and known for a rich medicinal flora. However, ethnic groups take advantage of the medicinal plants to different degrees. While some have a broad knowledge of medicinal plant uses, others rely mainly on the use of rituals and ritual plants to treat diseases and support well-being. Similar observations are known from other regions of the world. To tackle the question, why the use of a given medicinal flora can differ largely between neighbouring ethnic groups and local communities, we take a closer look at the specific characteristics of ritual plants and their uses. This workshop focuses on the continuum between medicinal and ritual uses of plants, on the different types of ritual plants, and on the rationale for the use of specific plants in a ritual context. Certainly, the use of incense plants is important among ritual plant uses. A special focus will therefore be on plants which are burned or roasted for application.
For more information please contact Caroline Weckerle:

5-New Books
From University of Arizona Press, Tucson
The publisher is offering a 20% discount to ISE Newsletter readers on the two following books. Orders can be placed online at using “ISEP” as the discount code.

Etkin, N. L. (2009) Foods of Association
Biocultural Perspectives on Foods and Beverages that Medicate Sociability
264 pp., some b/w pictures, bibliography, indexes /6.0 x 9.0 / Cloth (978-0-8165-2777-9), 50 US$
Another fascinating book from Nina L. Etkin. Unfortunately, it is the last one because she sadly passed away a year ago. But also in this book she leaves a last mark by opening up doors for new ethnopharmacological thinking. For more information see: and Book review by M. Heinrich in Journal of Ethnopharmacology 127 (2010) 204.

Hunn, E. S. (2008) A Zapotec Natural History
Trees, Herbs, and Flowers, Birds, Beasts, and Bugs in the Life of San Juan Gbëë
288 pp and supplemental figures and tables on CD-ROM. Bibliography and index/ 6.0 x 9.0 / Cloth (978-0-8165-2617-8). 50 US$

This award winning book and accompanying CD from Eugen S. Hunn is a thoughtful, candid and extraordinary publication, describing people and life of the Zapotec Indian community San Juan Gbëë in Oaxaca; Mexico. While the book covers the history of the project, and plant, animal and environment knowledge with a special focus on children’s knowledge, the CD-ROM contains the complete ethnoflora, ethnofauna, and mycological knowledge of the community. Also interesting are Eugen Hunns reflections on cosmopolitan science in comparison to Zapotec science. Get more information at


6-More Upcoming Conferences
March 9 - 12, 2010, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Indigenous Earth: Praxis & Transformation
Revitalizing Indigenous Knowledge & Shaping a New Approach for “Sustainability”

May 5 - 8, 2010, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
33rd annual meeting of the Society of Ethnobiology (SoE)
"The Meeting Place: Integrating Ethnobiological Knowledge"

May 9 - 14, 2010, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada.
12th International Congress of Ethnobiology (ICE)
Hishuk-ish tsawalk....Everything is one, everything is connected

June 6 - 9, 2010, Xalapa, Mexico.
SEB 2010. 51th Annual Meeting
Agrobiodiversity, Lessons for Conservation and Local Development|meetings_by_year/2010

July 1 - July 2, 2010, Oxford, UK
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropologxy, Oxford
Medical Anthropology in Europe: Shaping the Field

July 1 - 3, 2010, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
14th International Congress PHYTOPHARM 2010
Among six symposia: Pharmacology and Ethnopharmacology.

September 14 - 16, 2010, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
North South Centre, Zürich
Tropentag 2010
International Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development: World food system –A contribution from Europe.

7-Interesting Links

8-News from Elsevier and JEP
New: CiteAlert! This new feature allows JEP authors to be automatically informed when their article has been cited in a newly published article. For more information see

Tips on how to write a scientific article: A collection of resources for pharmacology authors, including tips from various editors

Watch here: the the most recent author workshop presented by the JEP Editors Michael Heinrich and De-an Guo at the International Conference & Exposition on Traditional Medicine 2009.

The next JEP author workshop, presented by Editor-in-Chief Rob Verpoorte, will be held on 15 June 2010, 12.45-13.15 in connection with the 7th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CHROMATOGRAPHY OF NATURAL PRODUCTS/ 6th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL PRODUCTS

Setting Standards: We see it as an important task of the journal to help to set standards in the field of medicinal plant research, for example concerning methods to be used, and what should be considered as an interesting activity. JEP articles describing such standards are available free of charge at The standard of a scientific journal is to a great extent dependent on the quality of its reviewers.

The Journal of Ethnopharmacology would like to thank all 2009 reviewers for their continued commitment to the journal
Irene Kanter-Schlifke, PhD
Publisher Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences | ELSEVIER |

9-Membership Renewal Form 2010/Membership Application Form
Do you want to become a member of the ISE for 2010? Are you already a member and want to renew the membership for 2010? Under the given link you will find all the information. (Download: Application/Renewal Form 2010)
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