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Natural products symposium


Zoe Satherley
2 October 2008
Researchers working on natural products and the area of plant phytochemistry will gather for a symposium at Southern Cross University tomorrow.

It will provide them with the opportunity to be updated on the current research being done by scientists in Australia and abroad and give them an indication of current research trends.

Some of the attendees will be staff from Southern Cross University, presenting their research for the first time.

There will also be participants from the University of NSW, Macquarie University, University of Wollongong, University of Newcastle, University of Sydney, University of Canberra, University of Queensland, and Griffith University.

Lecture topics for the day include:
• Natural Products for Drug Discovery and Development;
• Stereochemistry and Medicinal Natural Products: Pitfalls and Progress;
• The Importance of Natural Products Research to the Complementary Medicines Industry; and
• Researching Natural Products for the Sustenance of Natural Products.

Other research papers will also be presented on metabolites of marine and plant origin and some pharmacological activity aspects of these compounds.

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Incorporated (RACI) Natural Products Group Annual Symposium, organised by the Centre for Phytochemistry and Pharmacology, will be held in the Whitebrook lecture theatre, Room Y2-04, tomorrow, October 3, at the Lismore campus, from 8.30am to 5.40 pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. The registration fee is $65.50.