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Pharmacognosy

About the Program

Pharmacognosy is a science that studies the biological origin of pharmaceutical raw materials and excipients. Bio-pharmaceutical raw materials sourced from plants, animals, microorganisms and marine organisms are included in the research of Department of Pharmacognosy research.
Upon referring to the drugs in used today, it is observed that the biological materials are the source of an important part of their active ingredients. Pure bioactive molecules derived from nature, can be used directly as drugs, or these compounds may be converted to a more effective form and have less side effects by semisynthetic or synthetic drug models. Natural resources, especially from plants, undoubtedly constitute a great potential for discovery of new drugs. The main objective of the program is to protect and promote health, utilizing nature's rich diversity and development of chemical molecule drugs for the treatment of diseases and to learn the methods for the discovery of new molecules. For this purpose, the transfer of basic scientific methods will be applied in the planning and conducting of research; forming sources for drug trials, the compilation of information regarding their use in therapy cultures of people with interest in natural resources. Structural analysis and motility of the active ingredients by separation and spectroscopic methods of chemical and biological assays of natural resources; drug products will be utilized in qualitative and quantitative analysis methodsto be followed by basic scientific methods to train researchers help development on these fields.

 

Educational Opportunities

Pharmacognosy MSc program will focus on bioactive natural products, as well as the discovery of new molecules and artificial synthesis of semi-synthetic analogs of these molecules, their activity and / or bioavailability, higher level preparation of molecules with pharmaceutical potential to be used as medications, bioactive molecules in relation to molecular biology and genetics, cancer biology andpharmaceutical microbiology. It offers a multidisciplinary approach such that the research projects that will be carried out by this program will contribute to publication of several research papers and presentations which will significantly help in the educational and academic improvement of enrolled students.

Northern Cyprus has several endemic plant species some of which have therapeutic potential. However, we have almost no scientific knowledge regarding the therapeutic potential of these species that strictly grow on our island and nowhere else on the world. So investigating and understanding the scientific significance of these valuable plant species and their potential therapeutic value can further be utilized in drug synthesis. This will provide the students with an opportunity to achieve novel discoveries and publish their findings in respected scientific journals.

 

Career Areas

Today, the field of Pharmacognosy has been showing a rapid development, where Pharmacognosy is separated into branches operating in various scientific fields including science and technology innovation. Biotechnology, molecular biology and genetics and pharmacogenetics go in parallel with progress in molecular pharmacology and toxicology, pharmacogenomics, genotoxicity, proteomics and the discovery of bioactive molecules from plants along with the metabolomics research and other multidisciplinary fields. Further, there is an agenda in the 21st century to achieve advancements in personalized medicine and Cyprus International University Faculty of Pharmacy, Pharmacognosy program will also help aid in this goal, utilizing a multidisciplinary team.

Our graduates will have the opportunity to work in industrial or laboratory settings in addition to continuing their academic career.

Last updated: 17-08-2018