Menzies Weekly Seminar

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Presenter:  Dr Greg Leach and Dr Jo Wapling

Date: Nov 13, 2018

Time: 11:00am to 11:30am

Contact person:  Menzies Communications Unit
T: 8946 8658

Location:  Auditorium | John Mathews Building (Bldg 58), Royal Darwin Hospital Campus - available on WebEx

‘Enabling a traditional Australian medicinal plants agribusiness – from the land to the lab and back again: a pilot project’

Menzies School of Health Research (MSHR) together with research partners at the University of Queensland (UQ), and industry partners Integria Health Care (IHC) and Traditional Homeland Enterprises (THE) have been successful in securing 18 months funding from the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA). The pilot project - Enabling a traditional Australian medicinal plants agribusiness, aims to provide a case study for the responsible and sustainable engagement with Indigenous communities to develop agribusinesses based on traditional medicinal plants, and to provide workable models for intellectual property rights and benefit sharing deeds. The goals of this pilot project is to analyse a selection of documented medicinal plants traditionally used by Top End Indigenous communities, investigate development of prototype topical natural healthcare products, and work with Indigenous community groups to develop benefit sharing, intellectual property agreements and sustainable supply chains for potential plant products.

Dr Greg Leach has a PhD in botany and has worked across northern and central Australia and Papua New Guinea in many facets of conservation and traditional plant use, and is not very good at being retired. Read more on our website. Dr Jo Wapling has a PhD in molecular virology and is a jill of varied lab trades working in lab capacity development across the Asia Pacific region. Jo joined Menzies earlier this year.

Next: Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Dr Marita Hefler | Menzies Research Fellow, Co-Coordinator and Lecturer for the Menzies Master of Public Health unit Qualitative Research Methods, and is the News Editor for the BMJ specialist publication Tobacco Control.

  • The Menzies seminars are free of charge and open to the general public
  • The presentations will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.
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