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How safe are your herbal medicines?
Mon. 27 February 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm AWST
A public lecture as part of the series on the theme of UNDERCOVER, by Dr Garth Maker, Lecturer in Biochemistry and Young Tall Poppies Award winner.
In 2011, $1.2 billion was spent on complementary and alternative medicines in Australia, many of which come with unproven efficacy claims. There is a real danger associated with the use of herbal medicine: adulteration, presence of illegal species, incorrect labelling or unknown pharmacologic activity.
This lecture covers how Dr Maker uses a range of techniques to determine the components of traditional Chinese medicines and has discovered an alarming level of non-compliance in herbal remedy suppliers. According to his findings, 92% of the herbal treatments analysed have had some form of contamination or substitution, including undeclared pharmaceutical agents such as warfarin. It is his goal to see stricter rules placed upon herbal medicines to better protect consumers
About Dr Garth Maker:
I completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Marine and Biological Sciences in 2002, and then completed my PhD in Biochemistry. I have been on the staff at Murdoch since 2007, first in the School of Pharmacy and now in the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.
My research focuses on the application of the advanced technologies of mass spectrometry and metabolomics to the study of biochemistry and physiology. My aim in teaching is to integrate students’ understanding of biochemistry with these cutting-edge research skills. In particular, I am committed to training students in advanced analytical biochemistry, drug science and systems biology, or ‘omics’ technologies.
This event is FREE but please register to ensure a space.