The University of Illinois-Chicago is the premier place to study pharmacognosy, but you may also find ethnobiological courses of interest in the Department of Anthropology.
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Biological Evaluation of Natural Products (PMPG 480, 3 hours)
Short-term procedures useful for the discovery and characterization of natural product drugs, with related laboratory experiments, and principles of more advanced drug development.
A Dynamic Human Habitat: Amazonia Past, Present and Future (ANTH 454, 3 undergraduate hours; 4 graduate hours)
Traces the dynamic interaction of humans and their habitats in Amazonia populations.
Contemporary Pharmacognosy (PMMP 365, 2 hours)
Importance of plants in American Health Care and as a potential source of new drugs.
Drug Discovery, Design and Development (PMPG 507, 3 hours)
Overview of drug development process from target identification and screening through clinical trials and FDA evaluation. Same as BPS 507 and MDCH 507.
Advanced Pharmacognosy (PMPG 511, 4 hours)
A theoretical and applied course designed to acquaint the student with the occurence, isolation, characterization, identification, biosynthesis and activity profile of biologically active natural products.
Microscopy of Natural Drug Products (PMPG 512, 3 hours)
Use of microscopic methods in the identification of natural drugs and herbal products, with emphasis on the use of light and scanning electron microscopes.
Enthnopharmacology Field Work (PMPG 520, 4 hours)
Studies of plants used by primitive peoples as medicinal agents, in defined geographic areas, primarily through interviews with medicine men and the populace. Plant material will be collected for subsequent study. Contingent on availability of funds for travel support.
Predictive Strategies in Pharmacognosy (PMPG 569, 2 hours)
Consideration of the methods employed for the selection of plants that are most likely to yield biologically active compounds.
Seminar in Cultural Ecology (ANTH 453)
Cultural ecology and cultural evolution, emphasizing peasant farming and other subsistence systems. Soil management under shifting and sedentary agriculture. Same as GEOG 453 (3 undergraduate hours; 4 graduate hours)
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