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NCNPR Director Wins Medicinal Plants Award

Posted on: June 16th, 2017 by

June 16, 2017

By Anna Herd

OXFORD, Miss. – Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the UM School of Pharmacy, will receive the Outstanding Contribution Award in Traditional Chinese Medicine Analysis and Standards from the Society for Traditional Chinese Medicine Pharmaceutical Analysis.

Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

Ikhlas Khan

The award recognizes Khan’s work at the NCNPR on quality assessment methods of traditional medicinal plants.

NCNPR and the Society share common goals of improving the safety of dietary supplements and traditional medicines by strengthening international and industry relationships and developing new technologies.

“As an FDA Center of Excellence, the Natural Products Center studies plants from all over the world to determine their safety,” Khan said. “Developing a collaborative team is essential to achieving this goal.”

The Society for TCM Pharmaceutical Analysis is part of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. Khan will accept the award and deliver an invited lecture at the 8th annual International Conference on TCM Pharmaceutical Analysis, held by the Special Committee for TCM Pharmaceutical Analysis in Beijing on June 16-18. Khan previously served as a vice chair of this committee when it was formed in 2010.

“Ikhlas’ leadership and research vision add incredible depth to the School of Pharmacy’s expertise,” said David D. Allen, dean of the pharmacy school. “We are fortunate to have him, and proud that his work is recognized on an international level.”

Khan’s lecture will focus on the need for a comprehensive approach to the assessment of the quality of natural products.

“My goal is to encourage more collaboration, since the quality and safety of herbal products is an international issue,” Khan said.