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Welcome to our 2022-2023 program year.  While the situation may evolve, our current plan is for a mix of in-person and virtual meetings.  We will be holding virtual meetings in January and February. We hoping to have an in-person initiation in the spring.    

February Meeting Information - Virtual

Date:  February 3, 2023, 7:00PM - 9:00 PM (CST)

Speaker:  Ehab A. Abourashed, PhD, MS, BPharm, Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Assistant Dean for Academic & Curricular Affairs, Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

Title:  Nature’s Medicine Cabinet: How Full Is It?


Nature is a rich source of traditional remedies as well as pure effective medicines. The significant role of nature’s contribution to modern medicine, followed by the major steps of natural products drug discovery will be highlighted. Research outcomes from our lab involving selected herbs will also be presented.


Dr. Ehab Abourashed is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University. He received an M.S. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Mississippi. He is currently Assistant Dean and Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. Earlier in his career, Dr. Abourashed was Research Scientist at the University of Mississippi National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) and Associate Professor at King Saud University and Chicago State University Colleges of Pharmacy. He was also Senior Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, New Jersey, and Director of Quality Assurance at ElSohly Labs, Mississippi.


Dr. Abourashed has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations. He is the co-author of ‘Leung’s Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics - 3rd Ed’ and former Associate Editor of the journal ‘Antioxidants’. Dr. Abourashed is also an active member of many professional societies, such as ACS, AACP, ASP and FIP. His research interests include isolation, structure elucidation, microbial transformation and biomimetic synthesis of biologically active natural products (mainly antioxidants and psychoactive agents); application of HPLC and LC-MS in phytochemical, environmental and biochemical analysis; and phytopharmacology of herbal medicines. Dr. Abourashed mentored many learners at different stages of their professional careers, including professional Pharm.D. students, senior chemistry/biology majors, and medical residents. Dr. Abourashed is also a pharmacy educator who helped establish two new pharmacy programs in the United States as a founding faculty member. He has spent more than 20 years in pharmacy education serving in different teaching, research and leadership roles. He received many research and teaching recognitions including 7 instructor of the year awards.


Please RSVP by Thursday February 2, 2023 by Evite or to  The Zoom link will be sent to you on February 2.

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