Medicinal Plants: Past, Present & Future

  • Saturday, November 14, 2015
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • WVU Health Sciences Center, Mountaineer Room, 2500 Foundation Way, Martinsburg, Berkeley County
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  • $10 fee for PVAS Members
    $15 fee for non-members

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What: Medicinal Plants: Past, Present & Future

Where: WVU Health Sciences Center, Mountaineer Room, 2500 Foundation Way, Martinsburg, WV  25401

When: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Time: 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 PVAS members, $15.00 non-members

PVAS Presenter: Wendell Combest, Ph.D.

PVAS Host: Debbie Maiorano

Please join PVAS for this exciting talk on the topic of medicinal plants.

Plants have been utilized throughout our human history for shelter, food, as well as for medicine. This presentation will explore the medicinal uses of plants from a historical and global perspective and postulate that they will be important for the discovery of useful drugs in the future. 

This workshop is open to the public, however registration is required. 

The presentation will take place in the Mountaineer Room at WVU Health Sciences Center – Eastern Division - Robert C Byrd Building 2500 Foundation Way, Martinsburg, WV 25401

This topic falls under the discipline of ethnobotany with the specific investigation of  medicinal plants  being studied by ethnopharmacologists. Interestingly a large percentage, perhaps 30-40%, of our currently used pharmaceuticals are from plant origins. 

Wendell Combest, Ph.D. is currently a Professor of Pharmacology at Shenandoah University, Adjunct Associate Professor at the National Center of Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi and Adjunct Professor in Plant Biology at the University of Vermont  He received a Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. His research interests are in Complementary/Alternative Medicine with specialties in the safety and efficacy of medicinal plants and the therapeutic benefits of gardens. He is a Master Gardener in North Carolina.  Wendell has established and maintained a medicinal plant garden at the Health Professions Shenandoah University campus in Winchester since 1999. The garden features more than 200 species of medicinal and culinary plants many of which are on the United Plant Savers endangered species  list. Plants from the garden are used in several ongoing faculty and student research projects and for herbal compounding of lotions, salves, teas, etc.

Please contact Debbie Maiorano at with any questions you may have.

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