GardenWalk and CE Symposium

Thanks to all participants who made this event a success!

A video recording of this event is also available online. 

GardenWalk 2011

The 2011 GardenWalk and Continuing Education Symposium was held on Friday, Aug. 19, to celebrate the first and only urban medicinal plant garden in the city of Chicago. 

About the Garden: Named in memory of Dorothy Bradley Atkins, BS ’45, the medicinal plan garden was created in 1999 with a $1M gift from her husband, Dr. Robert Atkins. As the daughter of a pharmacist and a graduate of the College herself, Dorothy Bradley Atkins had a lifetime interest in pharmacognosy. Today, the garden serves as a resource for education and research at the College, as well as providing a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life.


10:30–11:30 a.m.      Plants in the Pharmacy: Prescriptions, Over-the-Counter Drugs, Botanical Drugs and Herbal
                               Speaker: Charlotte Gyllenhaal, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
                               Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, UIC College of Pharmacy
                               Room 134-3, COP

                               Learning Objectives:
        1. Review the major types of plant-derived medicinals and the regulatory issues pertaining to each;
        2. Discuss clinical trials and evidence for popular and novel herbal dietary supplements and botanical drugs; 
        3. Evaluate the potentials for drug-herb interactions involving conventional drugs and dietary supplements.
Noon–1:30 p.m.        Alan Lesniewicz Memorial Lecture
                               Recent Advances in the Development of Ant
icancer Agents from Plants and Other Natural Sources
                               Speaker: Gordon Cragg, PhD 
                               NIH Special Volunteer, Natural Products Division, Developmental Therapeutics Program, 
                               Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute
                               Room 134-3, COP

                               Learning Objectives:
        1. Discuss the discovery of leads for anticancer drug development from plant sources;
        2. Examine other natural sources of potential anticancer agents;
        3. Explain drug development and optimization: A Multidisciplinary Exercise.
1:30-3 p.m.              GardenWalk: Walking Tour and Discussion of the Uses of Medicinal Plants
                               Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden

This educational program has been designed for a multi-disciplinary audience of pharmacists, researchers, general medical practitioners, clinical sub-specialists, allied health professionals, and trainees, including pharmacy/medical students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows.

Please contact Ben Stickan at, if you have any questions or wish to attend this program.
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of pharmacy continuing education. Attendance at the entire program and completion of the self-assessmentquestions and evaluation form are prerequisites for receiving a statement of continuing education credit for 2.0 contact hours (0.2 CEUs). You will be notified via e-mail within 6 weeks of the program date when your statement of pharmacy credit is available.  You may print your certificate of pharmacy credit by logging onto our Web site at     This program has been assigned ACPE Program Number 0016-000-11-118-L04-P. There is no fee to attend this program.

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