The 21th International Congress PHYTOPHARM 2017 and 10th Anniversary of the TCM Research Center Graz

The 21th International Congress PHYTOPHARM 2017 and 10th Anniversary of the TCM Research Center Graz was successfully held in Graz, Austria from 2 till 5 July, 2017.

Ever since the first Phytopharm conference in 1997, it has been one of the important events of the year, aiming to present interesting, state-of-the-art research relevant to professionals working in various fields of medicinal plants and natural product research, and to foster networking and collaboration. This year, over 150 participants from 36 countries, namely Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czech Republic , Finland, Ghana, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Norway, Philippines , Poland, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia,  Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Vietnam  have accepted our invitation and have come to Graz.

The scientific program of PHYTOPHARM covers natural product research from phytochemical studies to phytotherapeutic applications. The aim of the congress is to serve as a forum for discussions on trends, and the latest results, and to exchange ideas relating to phytochemical analysis, ethnopharmacology, pharmacology of natural product s and biotechnology.

In total, 80 posters, 15 plenary, and 32 short lectures were presented during the three days of the congress. Six parallel sessions allowed an appreciable number of participants to present results in oral talks. 132 abstracts were published in the special issue of the journal and “Reviews on Clinical Pharmacology and Drug Therapy”. Most active were scientists from Russia, Austria, and Germany. The poster sessions at central time frames within the congress also provided an opportunity for scientific discussions. After close evaluation of posters by the scientific board, the three best were granted with award. The best posters were presented by Nóra Gampe from Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary (poster title: “Structural analysis of homopipecolic acid derivatives of spiny restharrow root), Fernando Pereira Beserra from São Paulo State University, Brazil (poster title: “Lupeol, a triterpene isolated of Bowdichia virgilioides Kunth. (steam bark) accelerates cutaneous wound healing in diabetic rats”) and Yanti from Atma Jaya Catholic University, Jakarta, Indonesia (poster title: “In vitro antiobesity and antidiabetic activities of active fractions from Zanthoxylum acanthopodium fruits”).

Many companies and people have contributed in the preparation and the organisation of this congress. On behalf of the Organizing Committee we want to thank state of Styria, the city of Graz, and Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, our general sponsor BIONORICA SE, sponsors: Bayer, Mospharma, Schimadzu, Waters, Thermo Fisher scientific, Apomedica, Phytolab, Su Biomedicine, the members of the scientific and local organising committee for their great engagement.

The detailed information about congress as well as lectures are available on web-site:

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We are looking forward to see you on the 22th International Congress PHYTOPHARM 2018 in Wädenswil, Switzerland, in June 25-27, 2018!

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