17th Annual Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals
 • April 3rd - 6th, 2017
 • Oxford, Mississippi

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Day 1 (Monday, April 11th)

8:00 - 8:45
Open onsite registration – Oxford Conference Center (OCC) Lobby
8:45 - 10:00
Opening Session - OCC Auditorium
Welcome and Introductory Remarks from Organizers
  • Ikhlas Khan, Associate Director, National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR), University of Mississippi
  • Edward Kennelly, President, American Society of Pharmacognosy
Welcome on behalf of the University of Mississippi and the School of Pharmacy
  • Jeffrey Vitter, Chancellor, University of Mississippi
  • David Allen, Dean and Executive Director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi
Introduction of Special Guest and Keynote Speaker
  • Larry Walker, Director, National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR), University of Mississippi
Special Guest
  • Shri Ajit Mohan Sharan, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), New Delhi, India
Keynote Address
  • Steven Musser, Deputy Director for Scientific Operations, CFSAN “Integrating Research with Dietary Supplement Safety and Regulation”
10:00 - 10:30

SESSION 1: “Update and Future Perspectives from the Regulators”

Moderator and Session Chair: Cara Welch, Senior Advisor, CFSAN, FDA
10:30 - 11:00
Jinhui Dou, Pharmacognosy and Pharmacology Reviewer, FDA, “Botanical Drug Development and Quality Standards”
11:00 - 11:25
Cara Welch, Senior Advisor, CFSAN, FDA, “Dietary Supplement Regulatory Overview”
11:25 - 11:50
Rahul Pawar, Research Chemist, CFSAN, FDA “Assessment of the Authenticity of Herbal Dietary Supplements: Comparison of Chemical and DNA Barcoding Methods.”
Conference Photograph
Meet at OCC side patio across from Cedar Room Dining Hall.
Lunch - OCC Cedar Room Dining Hall

SESSION 2a (concurrent): “Safety of dietary supplements” - panel discussion

Moderator and Session Chair: Pieter Cohen, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
1:30 - 3:30
“Safety of dietary supplements” will begin with a presentation of the key findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) landmark New England Journal of Medicine 2015 study finding that supplements lead to an estimated 23,000 emergency room visits annually in the US. Investigators from the CDC, including the first and senior authors, will present the results. A panel discussion will follow exploring what supplement products and ingredients might be responsible for emergency room visits and hospitalizations. Panelists will include the director of the CDC’s Medication Safety Program, the US Antidoping Agency’s Special Advisor on Drugs and Supplements, NSF International’s John Travis, and Bastiaan Venhuis, one of Europe’s leading experts on adulterated supplements. The session will be moderated by Harvard Medical School’s Pieter Cohen.

SESSION 2b (concurrent): “Natural Products Discovery and Development”

Moderator and Session Chair: Xing-Cong Li, Principal Scientist, University of Mississippi
1:50 - 2:10
Jimmy Yuk, Waters Corporation, “Redefining Natural Product Screening for Discovery”
2:10 - 2:30
Peter Harrington, Ohio University, “A Novel Three-Dimensional Chemical Characterization and Visualization Tool Applied to Green Tea, Hops and Cannabis Varieties
2:30 - 2:50


3:30 - 4:30
Joshua Sharfstein, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “Breaking the Gridlock: A Proposal to Advance the Safety of Dietary Supplements in the United States”
5-7pm: Reception/Mixer Lyric Oxford
Presentation of the Waters Award for Outstanding Contribution in Natural Product Science