Ohio State delegates attend ASP Annual Meeting

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August 8, 2019

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Twelve members of the College of Pharmacy's Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy Division recently attended the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP). The meeting, which took place July 13-17 in Madison, Wisconsin, attracted more than 500 registrants from over 20 countries. 

The ASP Annual Meeting provides a forum for researchers and others interested in all areas of natural products discovery and development, including isolation chemistry from plants, terrestrial microbes and marine organisms, and compound biosynthesis, synthesis and biological evaluation. The local organizers, based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, provided a varied and stimulating group of internationally based symposium speakers. Altogether, members of the Ohio State group co-authored 13 poster presentations at this meeting.

Dr. H. Liva Rakotondraibe, associate professor, presented an invited symposium lecture titled, “Mining New and Antiproliferative Compounds from Untapped Natural Product Sources.” Dr. A. Douglas Kinghorn, professor and Jack L. Beal Chair, organized the two-hour symposium, “Heroes of the Journal of Natural Products,” held on the Sunday of the meeting. Four highly prolific and very well-established authors were selected for this honor and they were each introduced to the audience by a younger colleague or a former student.

One Ohio State graduate student, Choon Yong Tan, was the recipient of a Lynn Brady Student Travel Award from the ASP, while Preston Manwill, another graduate student, received a Career Development Grant from the Ohio State Council of Graduate Students, to help defray the costs of attending the meeting.