Located in Lab Module 440 on Level 4 of the Pharmacy building
Inside URI’s Bioactive Botanical Research Lab, Pharmacy Professor Navindra Seeram has some big ideas about fighting cancer. Ideas so big that he’s regularly sought after by science and news publications around the globe for his expertise in the healing properties of medicinal plants.
Professor Seeram knows that plants have bioactive compounds, such as the pigmentation that makes blueberries blue and raspberries red, that are natural antioxidants against sun damage and other threats. He and his team of students and researchers are studying these anti-cancer agents in native New England berries for possible applications in the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases. He’s also identified dozens of compounds in pure maple syrup and is applying these to his diabetes research. [Continued...]
Maple syrup, agave, and honey are well-known for their roles as sweeteners. As such, their primary constituents are simple sugars such as sucrose and fructose. But scientists exploring the composition of these sweeteners are finding them to be surprisingly complicated.
Discover New Cures. The world’s got a lot of illness and disease that needs curing, and at URI, leading scientists are breaking new ground toward the discoveries we’ve all been waiting for. Inside our Natural Products Lab, Pharmacognosy Professor David Rowley – one of the only a handful of marine microbial chemists in the world […]
In science, amazing discoveries can begin in familiar places—in the ocean, in the plants around us, just about anywhere in the natural world. And at URI, that’s exactly where a group of scientists and their students are looking for newer and more effective medicines to treat infection and a variety of human diseases.Pharmacognosy Professor David […]
The University of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts celebrated the grand opening of the new Pharmacy Courtyard and Heber W. Youngken Jr. Medicinal Plant Garden, a beautiful public and scientific space built just steps from the college’s new $75 million home.
More than 30 renowned researchers from around the world to speak KINGSTON, R.I. – June 7, 2012 – The University of Rhode Island will hold a global pharmaceutical sciences conference featuring Nobel Prize winner Thomas Steitz from Sept. 28 through 30 at its Kingston Campus. Steitz, the Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and […]
Title: Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Expertise: Medicinal plant research Inside URI’s Bioactive Botanical Research Lab, Pharmacy Professor Navindra Seeram has some big ideas about fighting cancer. Ideas so big that he’s regularly sought after by science and news publications around the globe for his expertise in the healing properties of medicinal plants. […]
Five have never been seen in nature before KINGSTON, R.I. – March 30, 2011 – University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram has discovered 34 new beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup and confirmed that 20 compounds discovered last year in preliminary research play a key role in human health. Today at the 241st American […]
To give public lecture Thursday, Sept. 23 KINGSTON, R.I. – September 8, 2010 –The director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Science in Pakistan will visit the University of Rhode Island from Sept. 20 through Sept. 24 for a series of seminars, visits with URI faculty and a public lecture. University of Karachi […]
KINGSTON, R.I. – March 22, 2010 – Before you dig in to your next stack of French toast or waffles, you might want to pour on pure maple syrup. That’s because University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram, who specializes in medicinal plant research, has found more than 20 compounds in maple syrup from Canada […]
KINGSTON, R.I.–December 1, 2008 — A University of Rhode Island undergraduate majoring in chemistry hopes to unveil the secrets of the garden in her search for natural treatments for such killers as breast cancer. Caroline Killian worked this summer in a laboratory mashing up berries and doing extensive tests to find the degree of anti-cancer […]