WHO Collaborating Center for Traditional Medicine

College of Pharmacy
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WHO are we?

The College of Pharmacy, UIC, is one of 20 global WHO Collaborating Centres for Traditional Medicine associated with the WHO Programme on Traditional Medicine.  The Centre was designated in 1981 and is engaged in service and research activities related to the use of traditional medicine (TRM) and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in primary health care. It is only one of the two collaborating centres for traditional medicine in the USA and the Region of the Americas (AMRO), with the second centre being located at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), NIH. Two centres each are located in the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO), European (EURO), and 14 are in the Western Pacific (WPRO) Regions. 

Terms of Reference

  1. • To provide research training for scientists from developing countries in the area of medicinal plants [Brief description] Research training will be provided for scientists from developing countries in the area of medicinal plants and herbal medicines (Botany, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and clinical evaluation). 
  2. • To make available information from the NAPRALERT Database to research scientists/communities, WHO and its Member States. [Brief description] To make available literature information on the ethnopharmacology, chemical constituents, biology and clinical activities of medicinal plant, microbial and animal preparations from the NAPRALERT Database to research scientists. 
  3. .• To provide advisors and/or consultants to WHO and its Member States. [Brief description] Centre will continue carry out/take up specific ad hoc assignments with technical expertise on traditional/indigenous, complementary and alternative medicines in general, and herbal medicine in particular, requested by WHO (Headquarters and Regional Offices). 
  4. • To participate and/or provide expertise and technical services to the PAHO Working Group on Medicinal Plants. [Brief description] Centre will contribute to the work of the PAHO Working Group on Medicinal Plants by active participation or provision of services and/or advices to meet its goals and objectives.