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Obafemi Awolowo University

Ile-Ife, Nigeria


Workshop : 20 -24 June, 2017

Summit: 28 - 30 June, 2017

Abstract submission deadline extended to:  June 9, 2017 



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Important Dates

Abstract Submission Opens:  Febuary 1, 2017


Abstract Submission Closes: May 21, 2017


Early Bird Registration DeadlineApril 30, 2017


Registration Deadline:

June 1, 2017


Exhibition Registration Deadline: June 12, 2017

Information for Sponsors

There are many sponsorship opportunties for this event. 


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Scope of the workshop


Basic techniques in molecular biology, proteomics and tissue culture have become tools used routinely in conducting cutting-edge scientific investigations in several areas of bioscience in many parts of the World. In herbal research and development, molecular biology techniques are now used widely to study therapeutic effects, molecular mechanisms of action and toxicity of herbal preparations. Moreover, these techniques have also been found useful in the diagnosis of diseases affecting medicinal plant species and in developing disease or drought resistant plants or those with improved characteristics.


  While several training platforms, mentoring programmes and funding resources geared towards the building of capacity in these techniques are available in many developed countries, the opposite is the case in many West African countries. Key equipment for basic molecular biology techniques are lacking in many research and training institutions across West Africa and where available, technical/scientific expertise required for effective utilization is lacking. This situation has not only prevented countries across West Africa from engaging in cutting-edge research, but has also hampered the training of upcoming scientists in the region. This workshop is organized to directly address the problem of lack of expertise in molecular biology techniques among research scientists, lecturers and students who are working on medicinal plants across West Africa.

The first edition of this workshops feature lectures and laboratory sessions on basic biotechniques and their application to medicinal plant research. The present workshop will build on the knowledge disseminated in the first workshop. Lectures and practical activities at the current workshop will cover basic and advanced concepts such as: 

  • Health and safety regulations and bioethics

  • From DNA to protein

  • Overview of gene expression and regulation

  • Plant DNA and RNA isolation

  • Polymerase chain reaction(PCR) and applications in medicinal plant research

  • Agarose, SDS-Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and Western blotting and applications in drug discovery

  • Gene cloning and transformation in medicinal plant research

  • Cell and tissue culture and applications in medicinal plant research

  • DNA technology in detecting genetically modified food products







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Participants will be required to fill an application form, submit a short CV and a statement indicating how the training workshop will benefit their research endeavours/careers. Few travel grants will be made available for international participants who register to attend both the summit and the training workshop.



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Medicinal Plant Summit for West Africa 2016

Scope of the meeting

The use of medicinal plants in disease management is an age-long practice in many parts of the world particularly in Africa and other developing continents. Africa is home to many rich, traditional medicine practices, fairly similar to the Ayurvedic system of medicine in South Asia.  According to WHO report, medicinal plants as traditional health-care raw materials are accessible, affordable, wealth-/job-generating and culturally-compatible sources of primary health care drugs for more than 80% of the developing world population who exclusively rely on traditional medicine. Moreover, WHO reports also indicated that the international market of herbal products is estimated to be US $ 62 billion which is poised to grow to US $ 5 trillion by the year 2050. 


The increasing global demand has motivated the current world-wide interest in medicinal plant research particularly in developing countries. Unfortunately, there are many research and development challenges facing medicinal plant scientists, especially the problem of inadequate research support systems, e. g. poor access to research equipment, lack of capacity-building in state-of-the-art biotechniques and funding. Furthermore, in the West African sub-region for instance, many scientists (especially the younger generations) work in isolation or at best in collaboration with colleagues within their environments.


The proposed Summit on Medicinal Plant Research is therefore being organized to provide a sub-regional forum for scientists in research institutes and tertiary institutions, also for traditional medicine practitioners/medical herbalists, academicians, research and development experts from the medical and pharmaceutical industries, biologists, biochemists, herbal drug producers and relevant NGO-stakeholders, quality control staff of herbal FDAs and other relevant governmental agencies, health policy makers, herbal farmers, etc. to share and interact on available experiences and advanced information on medicinal plant utilization.  The scheduled summit will address future research collaboration, institutional networking, sustained idea-sharing and incubation as well as capacity building for the sub-regional scientists in the promotion and development of herbal medicines for sustainable health care provision.


Specific aims of the summit include (among others) the provision of a platform for:

(1). Dissemination of research results and cross-fertiization of research ideas by scientists from across the West African sub-region

(2). Networking and development of research collaboration across the sub-region

(3). Capacity building and training workshop on applied biotechniques in medicinal plant research


It is expected  that the interaction among the participants at the summit will result in strategic alliances that will translate to collaborative research, joint postgraduate programme supervision, sharing of research resources and expertise across the sub-region. The summit will make available useful information and career supports for early-career participants from across the region.


Plenary and oral presentations, posters and limited herbal product presentations as well as exhibition stands will address the following medicinal plant thematic areas:

  • Biodiversity management and conservation

  • Biotechnology in cultivation and industrial processing of medicinal plants

  • Phytochemistry and Pharmacognosy

  • Ethnopharmacology, Pharmacology and Toxicology

  • Phytomedicines and Phytocosmetics

  • Herbal Quality control, Monographs and Pharmacopoeia

  • Intellectual Property Right and Patent Laws

  • Phytocosmetics and Nutraceuticals

  • Herbal & medicinal plant drugs for the control of “current” viral diseases (e.g. Ebola, Lassa Fever, HIV/AIDS, etc.

  • Any other topic which is related to medicinal plants


 Plenary Sessions

  • Medicinal Plant Drug Production in West Africa: Prospects and challenges

  • Application of modern techniques to medicinal plant exploration

  • Integration of herbal medicine and herbal medicines into mainstream health systems in medicines West Africa: the Ghana experience 

  • Vital documentations on traditional medicine practice & products: the WAHO project

  • Development of herbal drug laws and regulations in Ghana 

  • Quality assurance in herbal production for safety and efficacy 

  • Cultivation and Conservation of medicinal plants for herbal manufacture 

  • Technology development for industrial processing of plant medicines 

  • Biological and chemical screening approaches for herbal drugs and cosmetics 

  • Food as medicines – exploring medicinal effects of edible plants 


Break-out sessions and seminars

  • Research-fund sourcing and developing successful research collaboration 

  • Starting a herbal research career in West Africa

  • Conservation and management of medicinal plants for drug production


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Regular and student registration fees include: Conference Registration Kit – Access to all scientific sessions – Final Programme & Book of Abstract – Coffee breaks – 3 lunches. For Banquet Dinner, the charge will be US$ 50 or NGN5000 (not included in the registration fee). Accompanying person fee includes: Mini city tour – Coffee breaks – 3 lunches. No registration will be completed without payment. The registration fee category, which is strictly determined by the date of payment, is independent of the submission date of the registration form to the conference secretariat.




Payment Details


For Nigerians: Payment should be made by bank transfer to:

Account Name: Bioscience Research Education and Advisory Centre

Account Number: 1013453148

Bank Name: Zenith Bank


For international participants: Payment should be made by bank transfer to:

Account Name: Bioscience Research Education and Advisory Centre

Account Number: 5070288374

Sort Code: 057090034

Bank Name: Zenith Bank


Proof of payment should be sent to


Confirmation: Confirmation by e-mail upon receipt of payment will be sent to the paying participants.  However, participants will be required to produce this confirmation at the registration desk where the appropriate official receipt will be issued.


Cancellation/refund policy: Cancellation must be submitted in writing via e-mail to the Summit Secretariat. A 25% administrative fee will be charged on all cancellations received on or before the last date for regular registration. No refunds will be paid after this date. All the refunds shall be processed two weeks after the summit.


Application Forms


Download Application Form for the Training Workshop


Download Abstract Submission Guidelines






Participants are responsible for their accommodation. Howeever, information below might be helpful. For further assistance, contact Dr. Obuotor (+2348054583224, +2348026900081) or Damola (+2348109920189)


  • Conference Centre                                     OAU Campus (+2348038812512, +2347051091345)

  • RECTAS                                                     OAU Campus (+2348065383174, +2348056672851)

  • Centre for Energy Research and Dev.       OAU Campus (+23480660210581)

  • Kris Court                                                   Campus 2nd Gate at Rd 7, Ile-Ife (+2348033137401)

  • Best Friends Hotel                                      Road 7, Ile-Ife (+2348166333378)

  • JAO Hotel                                                   Awoyeku Street, Off Road 7, Ile-Ife (+2347035562601)

  • Cameron Hotel                                           Ibadan Road, Ile-Ife (+2348035584532)

  • Xela Hotel                                                   Mayfair, Ile-Ife (+2348066332875)

  • Hillspirngs Hotel                                          Ondo Road, Modakeke, Ile-Ife (+2348114491852)

  • Hilton Hotel                                                 Mayfair, Ile-Ife(+2348060225555, +2348056565656)

  • Hotel de Treasure                                       Ibadan Road, Ile-Ife (+2348032031438, +2348161332963)

  • Hotel de Diganga                                        Ibadan Road, Ile-Ife (+2347030234551)



For Nigerians

For International Participants

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Exhibitors are welcome to participate in the exhibition during the summit. The exhibition will take place between July 18 – 23, 2016 at the Conference Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Exhibition Space is limited at the venue and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is July 4, 2016. For further information please contact the Conference Secretariat at your earliest convenience.


Exhibition Rates:
The cost of the stand is USD1200 which includes floor space, plugpoint, conference table, 2 chairs. In addition the exhibitor company will entitle one free delegate registration


Convener: Dr. Opeolu Ojo, University of East London, Stratford, UK

Chair, LOC: Prof. Tony Elujoba, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria


All correspondece should be sent to the secretariat by email: 

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