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Our events programme covers a wide range of pharmacy history topics.  We hold 3 evening meetings each year, and annual conference, a summer visit, and a joint meeting with a School of Pharmacy.  Click on an event below to find out more.
Online via Zoom
Monday 8 July 202418.30BST
Cost: Free

Online talk by Dr Shahina A. Ghazanfar, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

This talk will focus on plants mentioned in the Qur’ān and other religious texts such as the Bible and Hadīth that have medicinal value and have been used since ancient times to cure medical and other health conditions. It will also explore the cultural beliefs that people have about these plants in their curative powers.

Dr Ghazanfar has worked and researched plants in Pakistan, West Africa, Fiji and the Middle East, mainly with a focus on national and regional floras. For the Middle East, her expertise is on the vegetation, biogeography, restoration and conservation of plants of medicinal, historical and economic importance. Currently she is working on the medicinal plants of the Middle East.

She has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has recently been awarded a ScD from that University in 2023. She is also a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and was awarded the Linnean Medal for Botany in 2021.

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