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ABC Hosts World Health Organization Fellow.
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On March 1, 1999, ABC welcomed World Health Organization (WHO) Fellow Ms. Julie Bonifacio who worked through May. Ms. Bonifacio came to ABC via the Pan American Health Organization/WHO (PAHO/WHO) from the Traditional Medicine Unit, the Department of Health, Manila, the Philippines, where she is the Senior Health Program Officer responsible for coordination of health education activities, training modules, and development of teaching materials for healthcare professionals and the public. The PAHO/WHO's Fellowship program supports training programs for health practitioners and researchers.

"ABC is honored to have been selected as the host organization as well as one of the few institutes that could accommodate Julie's unique academic interests," said Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of ABC. She has worked with ABC to achieve her goals of researching and preparing monographs on some of the most popular herbal medicines used in the U. S., focusing on clinical trials of these herbs. The monographs are intended to educate physicians and other primary healthcare professionals on the science that supports the use and efficacy of phytomedicines. "Julie's expertise is ideal for this project," noted Blumenthal. "She was a diligent researcher and did an excellent job at combing phytomedicinal literature for the much-needed therapeutic information."

Ms. Bonifacio feels that the knowledge will help her people identify potential drugs and medicines in the Philippines. She earned a Master of Science degree in Biology from the University of St. Tomas, Manila and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from the University of the Philippines, Manila. She has participated in two WHO exchanges prior to this one at ABC -- in Singapore and Malaysia, in addition to three other independent exchanges to China, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Article copyright American Botanical Council.

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By Kara M. Dinda