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Prof. Harry H.S. Fong Receives ABC's Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award

(AUSTIN,Texas,Feb.27,2015) TheAmericanBotanicalCouncil(ABC)announcesProfessorHarryH.S.Fong,PhD,astherecipientoftheABCNormanR.FarnsworthExcellenceinBotanicalResearchAwardfor2014.Dr.Fong—aclosefriendandcollaboratorofProf.Farnsworthforalmost60years—isprofessoremeritusofpharmacognosyintheDepartmentofMedicinalChemistryandPharmacognosyattheUniversityofIllinois–Chicago(UIC).ABCpresentsthisawardeachyeartoapersonwhooraninstitutionthathasmadesignificantcontributionstoethnobotanicaland/orpharmacognosticresearch(i.e.,researchondrugsofnaturalorigin,usuallyfromplants).Throughouthislongcareerinacademia,Dr.Fonghasfocusedhisresearcheffortsoncollaborativedrugdiscoveryfromplants,particularlythosewithactiveantitumor,cancerchemopreventative,antimalarial,andanti-tuberculosisactivities.Dr.Fongalsohasbeendedicatedtothequality,analysis,andstandardizationofherbalmedicinesandbotanicaldietarysupplementsworldwide,collaboratingwiththeWorldHealthOrganization’s(WHO)TraditionalandComplementaryMedicineProgrammefor30yearsand“workingwiththeHongKongHealthDepartmentforthepast13yearsonitsongoingsettingofpharmacopeialqualitystandardsforChineseherbalmaterialscommerciallyavailableinHongKong.”Todate,Dr.Fonghasauthoredmorethan270scientificjournalarticles,co-authoredninebookchapters,andedited16scientificpublications,includingmultipleWHOmedicinalplantmonographs.“BeingnamedtherecipientoftheABCNormanR.FarnsworthExcellenceinBotanicalResearchAwardfor2014isauniquehonor,”statedDr.Fong.“Tobeinvitedtojointhecompanyofasmall,selectgroupofinternationallyrecognizedbotanicalmedicineresearchersisveryhumbling.”Dr.FongfirstmetProf.Farnsworthin1955attheUniversityofPittsburgh’sSchoolofPharmacy,whereDr.Fongwasafirst-yearpharmacystudentandProf.FarnsworthwasaninstructorandPhDstudentofpharmacognosy.“Subsequently,Ibecamehisfirstgraduatestudentin1959,”notedDr.Fong.AfterDr.FongcompletedhisownPhDinpharmacognosyatOhioStateUniversityin1965,hereturnedtotheUniversityofPittsburgh,whereheworkedwithProf.Farnsworthasaresearchassistantprofessor.ThelateProfessorNormanR.Farnsworth,PhD—theExcellenceinBotanicalResearchAward’snamesake—wasoneofABC’sco-foundingBoardofTrusteesmembers,aresearchprofessorofpharmacognosy,andasenioruniversityscholarintheCollegeofPharmacyatUIC.WhenProfessorFarnsworthdiedin2011attheageof81,theglobalmedicinalplantcommunitylostoneofitsgreatestchampions.“NormanFarnsworthandIwerebestfriendsonthepersonallevel,andwereresearchandacademiccollaborators/partnersprofessionally,”explainedDr.Fong.“TosaythatNormhadimpactedmycareerandmylifeisanunderstatement.…Normanconvincedmethatmylifewouldbemorefulfillingasanunderpaidacademic,ratherthanarichpharmacist.Therest,astheysay,ishistory.”“HarryFonghasmademanysignificantcontributionsinthefieldsofdrugdiscoveryfrombotanicalmaterials,thequalitycontrolofbotanicaldietarysupplementsandtraditionalherbalmedicines,andinsettingstandardsforherbalmedicinesworldwide,”saidABCChiefScienceOfficer,StefanGafner,PhD,whodidpost-doctoralresearchatUICfrom1998to1999.“Heisinternationallyrecognizedasanexpertinherbalmedicineandoneofthemosthighlyregardedpharmacognosistsofourtime.”“Dr.Fong’sabilitytoencourageandinspirecollaborativeresearchfromworld-renownedscientistsissecondtonoone's,”notedNaturalProductsAssociationCEODanielFabricant,PhD,andformerdirectorofDietarySupplementProgramsattheUSFoodandDrugAdministration.Dr.FabricantreceivedhisPhDfromProf.FarnsworthatUICandProf.Fongwasamemberofhisthesiscommittee.“FongplayedahugeroleinexpandingtheprogramatUICintothebestintheworld,leavingnodetailstochance,thenrepeatedthatsuccesswiththeWHOprogramandcountlessothers.Whatmakesthisamazingisthatinadditiontogrowingthoseprograms,Dr.FongwasalsoresponsibleforthestudentsintheMedicinalChemistry/PharmacognosyprogramatUIC,oftenservingasanadvisoroneverythingoutsideofthedissertation.[H]owhewasabletobalancethoserolesandsomanyothers,isawondertothisday.”Dr.Fonghasreceivednumerousawardsandhasservedthebotanicalresearchcommunitythroughanumberofleadershippositions.Inthelate1970s,Dr.FongwasthepresidentoftheAmericanSocietyofPharmacognosy,afterwhichhebecamepresidentoftheSocietyforEconomicBotanyfrom1981to1982.HewastherecipientoftheOhioStateUniversityCollegeofPharmacy’s1997JackL.BealPost-BaccalaureateAlumnaeAwardaswellastheNaturalProductsAssociation’s2008BurtonKallmanScientificAward.Dr.FongalsoisacharterandhonorarymemberoftheAmericanSocietyofPharmacognosy,amemberoftheWHOExpertPanelonTraditionalMedicinesince1997,andservesonmultiplescientificadvisoryboardsforuniversitiesaroundtheworld.“Harryhasbeenakeymemberofmajorcollaborativeresearchprogramsaimedatthediscoveryofcompoundsfromterrestrialplantshavingpotentialasleadsforthedevelopmentofnovelagentsforthetreatmentofarangeofseriousdiseasessuchascancer,malaria,andtuberculosis,”notedGordonM.Cragg,PhD,formerchiefoftheNaturalProductsBranchoftheNationalCancerInstituteand2013recipientoftheABCFarnsworthAward.“Addedtothisimportantresearch,hehasalsohadamajorimpactonbotanicalresearchthroughtheapplicationofhisextensiveknowledgeandexpertisetothestandardizationandqualitycontrolofherbalmedicinesandbotanicaldietarysupplements.”“HarryFongandNormanFarnsworthcollaboratedcloselyformanydecadesinadvancingbotanicalresearch,”addedDr.Cragg,“anditismostfittingthatDr.Fong’soutstandingachievementsberecognizedwiththisawardnamedinhonorofhislongtimecolleagueandfriend.”“Harryisadynamicresearcherandadvocatefornaturalproductresearchandtheresponsibleuseofqualitymedicinalplantmaterials,”saidABCFounderandDirectorMarkBlumenthal.“HeandProf.FarnsworthwerealmostinseparableanditishighlyfittingthatABCacknowledgeandhonornotonlyhisloyalfriendshipandacademicrelationshipwithNorm,butalsohismanyexcellentcontributionstothemedicinalplantresearchcommunity.”PastrecipientsoftheABCNormanR.FarnsworthExcellenceinBotanicalResearchAwardarehighlyaccomplishedandrespectedresearchersfromaroundtheworld.Theyincludethefollowing:JosephM.Betz,PhD,oftheNIHOfficeofDietarySupplements(2005);ProfessorEdzardErnst,MD,PhD,formerlyofthePeninsulaMedicalSchoolattheUniversityofExeterintheUnitedKingdom(2006);ProfessorHildebertWagner,PhD,oftheInstituteforPharmaceuticalBiologyinMunich,Germany(2007);Dr.IkhlasKhanoftheUniversityofMississippi’sNationalCenterforNaturalProductsResearch (2008);ProfessorRudolfBauer,PhD,headoftheInstituteofPharmaceuticalSciencesattheKarl-FranzensUniversityofGraz inAustria(2009);ProfessorA.DouglasKinghorn,PhD,chairoftheDepartmentofMedicinalChemistryandPharmacognosyintheCollegeofPharmacyatOhioStateUniversity(2010);ProfessorDjajaD.Soejarto,PhD,oftheCollegeofPharmacyatUIC(2011);ProfessorDe-AnGuo,PhD,directoroftheStateEngineeringLaboratoryforTraditionalChineseMedicineStandardizationTechnologyanddirectoroftheShanghaiResearchCenterforTCMModernizationattheShanghaiInstituteofMateriaMedicaoftheChineseAcademyofSciences(2012);andGordonM.Cragg,PhD,formerchiefoftheNaturalProductsBranchoftheUSNationalCancerInstitute(2013).TheABCNormanR.FarnsworthExcellenceinBotanicalResearchAwardwillbepresentedtoDr.Fonginabsentiaatthe10thAnnualABCBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyonMarch5inAnaheim,California.Dr.FabricantwillaccepttheawardonbehalfofDr.Fong.Theevent,forABCSponsorMembers,occursduringtheNEXTInnovationSummitnutrition,naturalproducts,anddietarysupplementsconferenceandNaturalProductsExpoWest.TheABCBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyisunderwrittenbygenerouscontributionsfromthefollowingmembersoftheherb,dietarysupplement,andnaturalproductsindustry:


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