Anti-Cancer and Anti-Microbial Properties of Mint, Thyme and Sage Species Exclusive to Cyprus are studied at CIU
Assist. Prof. Dr. Ender Volkan Çınar, the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cyprus International University (CIU) initiated a research project on anti-microbial and anti-cancer properties of mint, thyme and sage, which are endemic in the Northern Cyprus, as part of the project on "Anti-microbial and anti-cancer effects of Labiatae species."
Assist. Prof. Dr. Çınar mentioned that the aim of the study, which is on identifying the anti-cancer and anti-microbial properties of species endemic to the Northern Cyprus, is to define bioactive molecules and to learn about the flora of the species. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çınar stated the labiatae family includes many plant species that has a medical importance, especially mint, thyme and sage and he said "In the scientific studies it was found out that some bioactive substances and secondary metabolites obtained from these species have various antibacterial, antiviral, anticancer properties." Çınar pointed out that there are 12 species, that belong to the Labiatae family, grow in the nature of the Northern Cyprus only and he said at this point it is important to increase the awareness, interest and curiosity of the society to develop an environmental awareness that will provide protectation of these species.
Çınar said scientific studies on the effects of the active ingredients of these species on the health is limited and he said "The purpose of this project is to examine the plants from the Labiatae family that belong to the endemic flora of the TRNC, to identify bioactive substances, to obtain information on their antimicrobial and anticancer properties."
Çınar also pointed out that there are many infectious diseases presently exhibiting resistance to antibiotics and cancer is epidemic, so scientific studies geared towards these diseases are very important.
In the study, which is led by Assist. Prof. Dr. Ender Volkan Çınar under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Günay Sarıyar, the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmacognosy Professor and Prof. Dr. Mehmet Koyuncu, Professor of Pharmaceutical Botany, Dr. Övgü İşbilen, Ayşe Kaptanoğlu, a Research Assistant and faculty lecturers are actively involved.