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Professor De-an Guo to Receive ABC's Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award

(AUSTIN,Texas,Feb.18,2013)TheAmericanBotanicalCouncil(ABC)recognizesthisyear’sABCNormanR.FarnsworthExcellenceinBotanicalResearchAwardrecipient,ProfessorDe-anGuo,PhD,ofShanghai,China.Overthecourseofhiscareer,Dr.Guo’sresearchhascenteredonTraditionalChineseMedicine(TCM)qualitycontrol,biochemistry,andmetabolism;hisphytochemicalinvestigationsoftraditionalChineseherbalmedicineshaveresultedintheidentificationof100newchemicalentities.Inadditiontohisprofessorship,Dr.GuoservesasdirectoroftheStateEngineeringLaboratoryforTCMStandardizationTechnologyandasdirectoroftheShanghaiResearchCenterforTCMModernizationattheShanghaiInstituteofMateriaMedicaoftheChineseAcademyofSciences.HeearnedhisdoctorateinpharmacognosyfromBeijingMedicalUniversity’sSchoolofPharmaceuticalSciencesin1990,andconductedhispostdoctoralstudiesinthedepartmentofchemistryandbiochemistryatTexasTechUniversityinLubbock,Texas.Amonghismanyaccomplishments,includingmorethan430publishedscientificpaperstodate,Dr.Guoactedasthevice-editor-in-chiefofthe2005editionofthePharmacopoeiaofthePeople’sRepublicofChinaandeditor-in-chiefofthe2010edition.Atpresent,hesitsontheeditorialboardsofseveralhighlyrespectedinternationalscientificjournals,includingPlantaMedicaandPhytomedicine.Dr.GuoisanexpertcommitteememberoftheUnitedStatesPharmacopeiaandamemberoftheABCAdvisoryBoard.“ProfessorGuoisnotonlyan establishedscientist,hehasprovidedleadershipin the modernizationofTCM,”saidpastrecipientofABC’sFarnsworthAward,ProfessorIkhlasKhan,PhD,aresearchprofessorofpharmacognosyandassociatedirectoroftheNationalCenterforNaturalProductsResearchattheUniversityofMississippi. “Heisadeserving recipientand Iam proudtocallhim my friend.”TheExcellenceinBotanicalResearchAward’snamesakeisABC’sco-foundingBoardofTrusteesmember,thelateProfessorNormanR.Farnsworth,PhD,aresearchprofessorofpharmacognosyandsenioruniversityscholarintheCollegeofPharmacyattheUniversityofIllinois–Chicago.WhenProfessorFarnsworthdiedin2011attheageof81,themedicinalplantcommunitylostoneofitsgreatestchampions.ABCwillcontinuetopresentthisawardeachyeartoapersonorinstitutionthathasmadesignificantcontributionstoethnobotanicaland/orpharmacognosticresearch(i.e.,researchondrugsofnaturalorigin,usuallyfromplants).“WearemostpleasedtobeabletorecognizeandhonorProfessorGuoforhisoutstandingachievementsinthechemistryandpharmacologyofmanytraditionalChinesemedicinalplants,”saidABCFounderandExecutiveDirectorMarkBlumenthal.“HeisclearlyoneoftheleadingfiguresinscientificmedicinalplantresearchinChina,acountrywithavastspectrumoftraditionallyusedmedicinalplantsthatareundergoingmodernscientificresearchandvalidation.”“IamverypleasedandhonoredtoreceivethehighdistinctionofABC’sNormanR.FarnsworthExcellenceinBotanicalResearchAward.IwouldliketothankABCandthenominatingcommitteewhoselectedmeforthisawardin2013,”saidDr.Guo.“Thisreflectstheworld-widecoverageofABC’sFarnsworthAward,”hecontinued.

PreviousrecipientsofABC’sNormanR.FarnsworthExcellenceinBotanicalResearchAwardincludeJosephM.Betz,PhD,oftheOfficeofDietarySupplementsattheUSNationalInstitutesofHealth(2006);ProfessorEdzardErnst,MD,PhD,formerlyofthePeninsulaMedicalSchoolattheUniversityofExeterintheUnitedKingdom(2007);ProfessorHildebertWagner,PhD,oftheInstituteforPharmaceuticalBiologyinMunich,Germany(2008);Dr.Khan(2009);ProfessorRudolfBauer,PhD,headoftheInstituteofPharmaceuticalSciencesattheKarl-FranzensUniversityofGrazinAustria(2010);ProfessorA.DouglasKinghorn,PhD,chairofthedepartmentofmedicinalchemistryandpharmacognosyintheCollegeofPharmacyatOhioStateUniversity(2011);andProfessorDjajaD.Soejarto,PhD,oftheCollegeofPharmacyattheUniversityofIllinois–Chicago(2012).

Dr.GuowillreceivetheABCNormanR.FarnsworthExcellenceinBotanicalResearchAwardatthe8thAnnualABCBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyinMarchinAnaheim,California.TheABCeventoccursduringtheannualNutraconnutrition,naturalproducts,anddietarysupplementsconferenceandNaturalProductsExpoWest.

TheABCBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyisunderwrittenbygenerouscontributionsfromthefollowingmembersoftheherb,dietarysupplement,andnaturalproductsindustry(i.e.,rawmaterialsuppliers,supplementandteamanufacturers,analyticallaboratories,alawfirm,aninsurer,amediacompany,andatradeorganization):

AlkemistsLaboratoriesAminTalati,LLCChromaDexEuroPharmaGrifconEnterprisesHorphagResearchIndenaUSA,Inc.MartinBauerGroup

   MegaFood   NaturalFactorsNutritionalProducts   NewChapter,Inc.   NewHopeNaturalMedia   PlusPharma,Inc.   RFIIngredients,LLC   TraditionalMedicinals,Inc.   UnitedNaturalProductsAlliance