United Arab Erimates, Sharjah

Medicinal Plants: Biodiversity and Health

when 17 July 2016 - 20 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 500

This course provides a general introduction to the field of medicinal plants. The course is taught over five days and will help participants to answer questions relating to the following topics:

1. Why some plants have medicinal uses.
2. History of the use of medicinal plants.
3. Diversity in plant chemistry.
4. Biodiversity of herbs.
5. Biodiversity of hallucinogenic plants.
6. Plants used for digestive problems.
7. Plants used in cardiovascular and circulatory diseases.
8. Plants used in genitourinary and gynaecological conditions.
9. Plants with immunomodulatory effects in cancer.
10. State of the art and future of herbal medicine (panel discussion).

The course includes a one-day field trip to the Montseny massif, a protected natural park and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Despite being located just 50 kilometres from Barcelona, the park is rich in flora (boasting some 1,500 vascular plant species) and is reasonably well preserved. Across a relatively shallow transect, from sea level to 1700 m, participants will be able to observe one of the most diverse landscapes in Europe, with communities representing Mediterranean, Euro-Siberian and Boreo-Alpine vegetation. The massif is very rich in plants with specific uses, particularly for medicinal purposes (more than 500 are known and used by people in the surrounding region).

Course leader

Dr Francisco Pérez García. Prof. Dr of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Universitat de Barcelona

Target group

Any person interested in Medicinal Plants and to learn more about their uses.

Course aim

Gain broad information about medicinal plants and their uses

Credits info

ECTS, 20 hours

Fee info

EUR 500: Full price*
**We offer reduced prices for University of Barcelona Students, Special Partners (even fee waiver), International Networks where the University of Barcelona belongs, and early bird registration discount.
EUR 500: Early Bird fee discount


The University of Barcelona has agreements with other Universities to waive fees of these courses, please ask your institution.