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Pharmacognosy - Medicinal Plants

Hany El-Shemy

Cairo University

Professor El-Shemy contributed and registered an international patent connected to the treatment of tumors using natural plants. In 2018 he received a gold medal from the country president due to his academic achievements locally and internationally especially in the African continent.


Extraction of Active Compounds Methodology Identification of Active Ingredients Preparations Historical Backgrounds Applications Country Backgrounds Usage Biochemical Actions Genomics Pathways Plant Parts

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Medicinal plants were used widely for the treatment of certain diseases including severe ones throughout human history. Many countries are still using historical backgrounds based on transferred knowledge via generations for the application of medicinal plants. Therefore, this book will collect condensed information across the world on how the nations are using natural plants for treatment of various diseases, as well as their applications. Additionally, such methodology and resources of active ingredients from plants will be covered based on historical backgrounds. Also, scientists dealing with identifications of active compounds from natural flora will be invited to add their expertise using modern techniques.

Our book will also explain the mode of actions of isolated materials from medicinal plants as ant-disease using genomics and biochemical applications methodology. In days with pandemic COVID-19 several articles may highlight the applications of medicinal plants regarding the prevention or treatment of viruses and therefore, this book will include some contributions focused on the role of medicinal plants in this issue. 

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Date completed: November 6th 2020

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Deadline for full chapters: February 2nd 2021

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Review results due: April 23rd 2021

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Expected publication date: June 22nd 2021

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Hany El-Shemy

Cairo University

Prof. Hany A. El-Shemy received his two PhD degrees in Biochemistry and Genetic Engineering from the University of Cairo, Egypt and University of Hiroshima, Japan. He became an assistant professor in the Biochemistry Department of Cairo University, Egypt, from Sept. 1996 and advanced to associate professor in Sept. 2002 as well as a full professor in March 2007. His research interests are in the fields of plant biotechnology and medicinal plants (Molecular Biology). He registered 2 patents, wrote 12 international books, published more than 90 SCI journal papers and 45 conference presentations, and served as the technique committee member as well as chair in many international conferences and the editor in BMC Genomics as well as in Current Issues in Molecular Biology, and also a reviewer for more than 25 SCI cited journals. He received several awards, including State Prize awarded from the Academy of Science, Egypt (2004); Young Arab Researcher Prize awarded from Schuman Foundation, Jordan (2005); State Excellence Prize from the Academy of Science, Egypt (2011 and 2018); and Cairo University Prizes (2007, 2010, and 2014). He served as an expert for African Regional Center for Technology, Dakar, Senegal, plus a visiting professor at Pan African University, African Union, Nairobi, Kenya. He was appointed acting vice president of the Academy of Science and Technology from November 2013 to November 2014, Egypt. He was also a dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University from 2014 to 2017.

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