MPNS Newsletter October 2019: Come and visit Kew - 1 day course
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Dear friend,  a couple of updates from us:

A new 1 day course run jointly with BHMA

MPNS has teamed up with the British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA) to run a new one day course on how to best use scientific plant names when working with herbal products or natural products research. 
We are running the course at Kew Gardens on November 20th, jointly with the BHMA.

Who is the workshop designed for?

It is aimed at companies, health professionals and academics who use, prescribe, manufacture, supply or retail herbal drugs and food supplements derived from plants.

What does the workshop cover?

Led by BHMA and MPNS staff, the workshop will introduce scientific names, their relevance to herbal medicines and what ‘best practice’ looks like. BHMA will provide examples of practical problems and how to solve them.  Participants will visit Kew’s Traditional Chinese Medicines reference collection and get a chance to use the MPNS portal to solve their own queries about names and labels.

You can find out more about the course and register from the BHMA website here

MPNS welcomes a new team member

Lizzie Bell joined us this month as a sandwich student, taking 12 months out from her Conservation and Forestry degree at Bangor University.  Lizzie's project with MPNS will review the diverse classes of information and images held by Kew Gardens relating to medicinal plants: databases, books, photographs or documents in dusty filing cabinets.  Lizzie will analyse these resources and make suggestions as to how we might organise and mobilise the information better to make it more accessible to others.   Welcome Lizzie!

As always we look for suggestions for improvements to our search portal or for new medicinal plant references that we might include. 

Warm Wishes,

the MPNS team
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