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Antimicrobial natural product research: lessons from the past, possibilities for the future

When: Tuesday, 21 November 2017 - Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Where: Parktown Health Sciences Campus
Marie Curie Lecture Theatre, Medical School
Start time:18:00
Enquiries:  or (011) 717-1195

Professor Sandy van Vuuren will deliver her inaugural lecture.

Infectious diseases have been plaguing mankind since antiquity. Now more than ever before, we should be looking at alternatives to combat antimicrobial resistance. Natural products are one option, and Van Vuuren would like to share her personal journey into the research on indigenous knowledge and the scientific validation of natural products for the treatment of microbial infections. She will discuss African traditional uses and also delve into other natural products such as honey, propolis, endophytes and essential oils. The concept of synergy will be a strong focus and lessons learnt through this microcosm of antimicrobial research will possible yield possibilities for the future.  

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