ETHNOMEDICINAL PLANTS

  • Lamas Müller, Gerardo Amadeo Guillermo (PI)
  • Lewis, Walter (PI)
  • Lewis, Walter (PI)
  • OWMAN, SVEN (PI)
  • OWMAN, SVEN (PI)
  • Lewis, Walter (PI)
  • LAMAS, GERALDO (PI)
  • VAISBERG, ABRAHAM (PI)
  • CORLEY, DAVID (PI)
  • LAMAS, GERALDO (PI)
  • VAISBERG, ABRAHAM (PI)
  • CORLEY, DAVID (PI)
  • VAISBERG, ABRAHAM (PI)
  • CORLEY, DAVID (PI)

Project: Research

Project Details

Description

Long-term objectives are to provide the materials whereby biodynamic
compound will be discovered and developed as pharmaceuticals for
improving human well-being in specific health areas, while at the same
time providing for sustained economic growth and the conservation of
biodiversity in northern Peru. Fundamental to these aims is the
collection of plants which have been used medicinally by peoples in Peru
and elsewhere in South America for generations to treat a broad range of
illnesses; these plants are thus already targeted or prescreened for
testing using current biomedical techniques. Primary screens will be
conducted to test for activity against a number of infective agents,
including respiratory viruses, herpes viruses, pathogenic yeasts, and
tuberculosis. When crude extracts prove positive in primary and also
secondary screens, biodirected assays will allow active fractions to be
identified to biodynamic compound. Isolation and characterization of
these principles will provide phytochemicals which could be developed
into new pharmaceuticals of substantial benefit to human health globally.
Furthermore, an important contribution will be to identify and help grow
those medicinal plants needed in research development and for commercial
use. Successful cultivation should lead to a greater value being placed
on the forests and surroundings areas, and if this worth proves
sufficient, the probability that deforestation will be reduced and
biodiversity retained is enhanced.
StatusNot started

Funding

  • National Institutes of Health

ASJC Scopus Subject Areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine (all)
  • Spectroscopy
  • Cancer Research
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Microbiology

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