L. M. College of Pharmacy, one of the premier Institutes of Pharmacy in India, takes pride in the successful organization of the three days International Conference on ‘Herbal Medicines: Research and Commerce – Global Perspectives’ from 27th to 29th December 2018 at Ahmedabad Management Association.
The conference marked the presence of various esteemed national as well as international personalities from the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences, especially Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry and Ayurveda. The gathered experts discussed the different issues related to research and commerce of Herbal Medicines. More than 400 delegates from all over India and abroad participated in this conference and presented their research work.
We were obliged to have some eminent faces – Prof. Navin Sheth (Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Technological University) as our Chief Guest and Dr. Lal Hingorani (Director, Pharmanza Herbal Pvt. Ltd, Anand) as our keynote speaker in the inauguration ceremony. Convener Dr. Mahesh Chhabria (Principal, L. M. College of Pharmacy) welcomed the distinguished guests with his welcome address while Prof. Mamta B. Shah (Professor & Head of Dept. of Pharmacognosy, L. M. College of Pharmacy) acknowledged everyone about the conference schedule. Patrons Shri B. M. Shah (Director, Ahmedabad Education Society) and Prof. A. H. Karlo (Academic Adviser, Ahmedabad Education Society) also graced the dais in the inauguration ceremony.
On Day 1 (27th December, 2018) the theme for the sessions was Herbal medicines: Challenges and opportunities in Research & Commerce and Herbal Medicines: Procreation & Manufacturing.
The eminent speakers for that day were –
Dr. Arun Gupta (Head Medical affairs at Dabur Research & Development Centre), Dr. Manoj Nesari (Advisor ,AYUSH, New Delhi), Dr. J. L. N. Sastry (Head Health Care, Dabur R&D Centre, New Delhi), Dr A. K. S. Rawat (Executive Director, Ethno-medicine Research Centre, DST support), Dr. V. K. Joshi (Professor,Dept. of Dravyaguna, Faculty of Ayurveda, IMS, BHU).
Dr. J. L. N. Sastry had emphasised on impurities in crude materials and final products made up of herbs. He explored the knowledge about sources, types and ways of contaminants/impurities for herbal medicines and how it can be quantified.
Day 2 (28th December, 2018) focused on talks on Phytopharmaceuticals & Phytopharmacology and Industrial Pharmacognosy and the dignitaries who carried out these sessions were –
Dr. D. B. Ananthanarayana (Ex-Head Research, Hindustan Lever, India, expert member FSSAI), Dr. Rajesh Ramasamy (Associate Professor, Immunology unit, Dept. of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra, Malaysia), Dr. Sasisdharan Sreenivasan (Associate Professor, Unviversiti Sains, Malaysia), Dr. C. G. Joshi (Director, Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre, Gandhinagar), Dr. R. Sundaram (Head, R & D, Himalaya Drug Company, Bengaluru), Dr. J. Manosroi (Professor, University of North-Chiag Mai, Thailand), Dr. A. Manosroi (Professor, University of North-Chiang Mai, Thailand & Creator of Manose database and cosmetic expert, Thailand)
Dr. Jiradej Manosroi informed that Thailand government provides a 5 years plan in which cultivation of various medicinal plant is done after research since 50% of the medicinal plants are procured by contractual cultivation and then used in research and formulation. Dr. Rajesh Ramsamy explored the sight of herbal medicines which can induce stem cell generation in adulthood. He explained that herbs having osteogenesis or nerve regeneration power can beat the diseases like dementia and osteoarthritis. Dr. D. B. Ananthnarayana showed chances for natural medicines of known uses to have great status in global market if regulatory aspects are followed precisely. He emphasized that present bio-medicinal product based market will become phyto-pharmaceuticals based market in short period. Dr. Aranya Manosroi explained different aspects of herbs based cosmetics and their better efficacy due to multi-component effect compared to synthetic single or few component cosmetic formulations. Dr. Chaitanya Joshi (Director, Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre, Anand) explored the area of gene sequencing in different therapies (known as Epigenetics) like in breast cancer, spinal muscle atrophy, infant diseases, muscle dystrophy, Dr. Sundaram Ramchandran demonstrated many sophisticated methods of analysis (HPTLC- High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography) and their applications for herbal formulations so that they can get better quality assessment and exportable market approval.
Day 3 (29th December, 2018) comprised of discussion on Regulatory Aspects in Herbal Drug Industry by –
Dr. Nandakumara Sarma (Director, Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines United States Pharmacopoeia Rockville, USA), Dr. Rajiv Kumar Sharma (Former Director, Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine and Homeopathy, Ghaziabad).
Dr. Nandkumar Sarma have discussed how any herb or food based medicinal product can get place in US Pharmacopoiea. He also discussed about new type of food based medicinal formulation named ‘gummies’ which is about to be introduced by US Pharmaceutical Industries. Dr. Rajiv Kumar Sharma shared his views and expertise on the regulations and quality issues of herbal drugs.
Oral presentation and Poster presentation sessions were also carried out to promote the research capabilities. Commerce and Pharmaceutics, Phytopharmacology, Phytoanalytical, Phytochemical and Pharmacognostical were the various domains covered in these sessions.
Dr. K. Punderikakshudu (Director L.J. Institute of Pharmacy), Dr. Devang Pandya (Professor and Dy. Director, School of pharmacy, RK University, Rajkot), Dr. Neeta Srivastava (Assistant Director, PERD centre, Ahmedabad), Dr. Ravindra Mali (Principal, KES College of Pharmacy, Maharashtra), Dr. Sama Venkatesh (Professor, G.Pulla Reddy College of Pharmacy, Hyderabad), Dr. Manan Raval (I/C Principal, Ramanbhai Patel College of Pharmacy, CHARUSAT campus, Gujarat), Dr. Umesh Patil (Professor, Dr. S. H. Gaur Central University, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh), Dr. Niyati Acharaya (HOD Pharmacognosy, NCIP, Nirma University), Dr. Pratima Tatke (Principal CU Shah), Dr. Vinit Jain (Principal, Bhagwan Mahavir College of Pharmacy, Surat) were the esteemed dignitaries who chaired the various sessions.
In valedictory function Dr. K. S. Dhiman (Director General, Ministry of AYUSH, India) graced the dais as our Chief Guest.
In his address he said that India is very far in setting a good business out of Ayush drugs in world market while China became biggest trader of Chinese medicinal products in last 10 years. He emphasised that Pharmacognosy is the only field which can lead to have great status of Indian traditional medicinal system in world market by linking these traditional knowledge with modern science.
The conference was concluded by Vote of thanks delivered by Convener Prof. Dr. Mamta B.Shah. This was followed by our National Anthem.
We are thankful to our Patrons Shri B. M. Shah and Prof. A. H. Karlo and Conveners – Dr. Mahesh Chhabria and Prof. Mamta B. Shah for their constant support. We are also thankful to our sponsors GUJCOST (Gujarat Council on Science & Technology), DST (Department of Science), AES (Ahmedabad Education Society), our co-sponsors Advance Phototherapy Pvt.Ltd Ahmedabad, Pharmanza Herbal Pvt.Ltd, Anand for their contribution and Society of Pharmacognosy (India) for the association.
The whole event was made a successful one by the commendable team work of Co-ordinators – Prof. Praful Bharadia (Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutics), Ms. Krupa Gadhvi (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacognosy), Dr. Karuna Modi (Lecturer, Dept. of Pharmacognosy), Dr. Preeti Verma (Lecturer, Dept. of Pharmacognosy), various committees and the respective volunteers under the guidance of Prof. Mamta Shah.
Reported by – Yash Shah
Edited by – Dr. Radhika Pandya and Amisha Nehru