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Plans Underway To Establish A Centre In Jamaica To Further Advance Plant-Based Medicine Research

Plans Underway To Establish A Centre In Jamaica To Further Advance Plant-Based Medicine Research

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Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Audley Shaw, says there are plans to establish a centre in Jamaica to further advance plant-based medicine research.

Mr. Shaw announced recently that a programme of cooperation involving noted Jamaican scientist and businessman, Dr. Henry Lowe; Dr. Julius Garvey, son of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey; and Director at Harvard University Medical School in the United States, Dr. Wilfred Ngwa, is being finalised for the associate research centre’s establishment.

The Minister further indicated that Dr. Ngwa will soon be visiting Jamaica to further advance these discussions, as Jamaica’s unique microclimatic conditions place us in an enviable position globally, noting also that of just over 100 plants which are known and used for medicines, 51 are indigenous to Jamaica.

Dr. Lowe and others have developed plant-based medicines in Jamaica that are now world renowned, and are presently submitting more applications for further development of additional plant-based medicines to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States Government, he added.

Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw said a recent study by Harvard University scientists, which showed that cannabis can potentially help cancer victims, is very significant, indicating that he first became aware of this potentially significant initiative while attending a conference on plant medicines, hosted by Dr. Nwga at Harvard in June.

The Minister said given Jamaica’s “unique” history with respect to cannabis and many other plant-based medicines, “exciting days” are ahead for the country in this regard.

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