Schematic of the UIC Botanical Center
The primary goal of the botanical centers is to foster interdisciplinary research in order to identify the potential health benefits of botanical dietary supplements. Therefore a systematic approach to evaluating the safety and efficacy of herbal products, particularly those botanicals that are generally available to the U.S. public as dietary supplements is required. Center faculty and staff collaborated in their efforts at the inception of the Botanical Center in 1999 to investigate the clinical safety and efficacy of 10 botanicals widely used in the U.S. for the symptomatic treatment of menopause, premenstrual syndrome and chronic urinary tract infections. Since 1999 the list has been expanded to include an additional group of botanicals which are commonly consumed by American women and found frequently in the marketplace including pharmacies, grocery stores and online virtual businesses. The Botanical Center’s scientific research addresses the mechanism of action, identification of active compounds, and characterization of metabolism, bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of active species contained in the botanicals under study.
Above: the UIC Botanical Center – Interactive Schematic: In the shape of a medallion, Projects with focused aims on top are supported by technical Cores at the bottom which provide standardized laboratory and research resources accessible by all Projects and Cores.