Monika E. Czerwin´ ska ,1 Barbara N. Timmermann ,2 Michal Tomczyk3*
1Department of Pharmacognosy and Molecular Basis of Phytotherapy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University of Warsaw, ul.Banacha 1,02-097 Warsaw, Poland.
2Department of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, University of Kansas 1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, 4070 Malott Hall, Lawrence,Kansas 66045-7582, USA.
3Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy with the Division of Laboratory Medicine, Medical University of Bialystok,ul.Mickiewicza 2a, 15-230 Białystok, Poland.
The American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) hosted the International Congress on Natural Products Research (ICNPR) July 28 through August 1, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The Eighth ICNPR followed a more than 40-year tradition of joint meetings of pharmacognosy societies from Europe and the United States with the participation of ASP sister societies from Europe: French Speaking Society of Pharmacognosy (AFERP), the Italian Society of Pharmacognosy (SIF), the Phytochemical Society of Europe (PSE), and the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Products Research (GA). The collaborative meetings take place every four years, with the purpose of discussing the latest advances in natural products research. Hosting duties alternate between Europe and the United States. This year’s event, themed “Global Change, Natural Products, and Human Health” was the largest ever gathering of natural products researchers in the United States, with the largest foreign contingent coming from Brazil followed by Korea. Organizers received nearly 1,300 abstracts from scientists representing 64 countries across the globe. The abstracts were published in a special issue of PlantaMedica, which was included with the registration package.