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AUGUST 23, 2006
  Invitation to Cover: Penn to Host Herbal Medicine Symposium
  First of its Kind in Philadelphia Area
WHAT: Members of the media are invited to attend Herbal Medicine: Perception, Practice and Rational Use, a symposium hosted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, School of Nursing and the Morris Arboretum. The symposium is the first of its kind in the Philadelphia area and will bring together several world-renowned experts from the field of herbal medicine. Topics to be addressed include the history of herbal medicines and their potential role in future healthcare and the role herbal medicines already play in today’s pharmaceutical industry. The symposium will also focus on: the use of plants in clinical practice; determining benefits and harm; rational approaches for proper use; informing the public; perceptions by healthcare providers and the public; and botanical research.

Nationally recognized speakers to include:

  • Mr. Mark Blumenthal, Executive Director of the American Botanical Council
  • Dr. Steven King, Vice President of Ethnobotany and Conservation for Napo Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr. Robert McCaleb, President of the Herb Research Foundation
  • Dr. Marc Micozzi, physician-anthropologist and Penn alum
  • Mr. Simon Mills, Past-President, British Herbal Medicine Association
  • Dr. John M. Riddle, distinguished author, scholar, and professor at North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Chun-Su Yuan, the Cyrus Tang Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago

Tuesday, September 19
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, September 20
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Timeline: September 19

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Tour of herbal plants in arboretum’s garden
6:15 pm Dinner
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Keynote speaker: Why Medical Herbal Medicine is Important to the Medical Scientist as well as the Historian

Timeline: September 20

9:00 am – 3:30 pm Day-long symposium
WHERE: September 19: Morris Arboretum
September 20: University of Pennsylvania’s Biomedical Research Building II/III: Lobby and Auditorium

NOTE: Registration is required to attend. If you plan on attending this event, contact Jan McFarlan at (215) 247-5777, ext. 156 or 125, or, or Rick Cushman at (215) 349-5659 or


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