Michael Heinrich, Prof. Dr.

Position

Head of Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy

Institute

Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, The School of Pharmacy, University of London

Email

michael.heinrich@pharmacy.ac.uk

Areas of Expertise

Pharmacognosy, medicinal plants, transcription factors (NF-kB), antioxidant activity, ethnobotany, ethnopharmacy, phytomedicines, phytochemistry, phytochemical analysis, nutraceuticals

Research Interests

Pharmacognosy/phytotherapy/natural product research (pharmaceutical biology) and ethnobotany:

  • Ethnobotany of indigenous groups esp. in Mesoamerica (México and Guatemala), the Mediterranean and Northern Australia (including collabotations with partner institituions in these countries; with Dr. Sarah Edwards, Andreas Lardos, Rocio Alarcon, Michelle Viteri, Adriana Patsoura and Peter Giovannini).

  • Anti-inflammatory natural products focusing on the transcription factor NF- κB and other transcription factors as molecular targets of natural product research (collaboratons with the University of Cordoba, University of Giessen, Univerrsity Hospital Freiburg; with Wieland Peschel, Nisarat Siriwatanametanon, Dr. Jose Prieto).
  • Medicinal Cannabis - anti-inflammatory and anti-migraine effects. (EU-funded with collaborators including six other academic institutions and three SMEs; Dr Jose M. Prieto and Wieland Peschel)
  • Nutraceuticals with anti-oxidant activity (with Rocio Alarcon, Michelle Viteri, Dr. Jose Prieto)
  • Bioactive compounds from plants used in the treatment of gastrointestinal, dermatological and parasitic diseases.
  • Zoopharmacognositic study of Equine Grass Sickness - a motoneuronal disease of horses (with Dr. Sarah Edwards and Dr Peter Giovannini)

Anthropology:

  • Complementary and alternative medicine and medicinal plants in the medical system of the UK, esp. in ethnic minorities.
  • Cultural history of plant use in Europe (with Manuel Pardo de S., University Autonoma de Madrid and Andreas Lardos).
  • Medical anthropology of Mexican indigenous groups (with Peter Giovannini).
  • Cognitive basis of medicinal plant use.

Other relevant activities and interest

  • Editor in Chief 'Frontiers in Ethnopharmacology'
  • Journal of Ethnopharmacology (Reviews editor incl. book reviews)
  • Professional Member Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee (MHRA)
  • Council member and member of Scientific Advisory Board, IMDEA Alimentacion (Instituto Madrileno de Estudios Avanzados, joint institute of three universities in Madrid - Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, U. Complutense and U. Politecnica
  • Phytochemical Letters, Section Editor 'Ethnopharmacy'

Biography

  • Head of Centre and Professor, Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, The School of Pharmacy, University of London (since 1999)
  • Privatdozent, Dr. rer. nat. habil. (U. Freiburg, 1997, Pharmaceutical Biology/Pharmacognosy)
  • Dr. rer. nat. [U. Freiburg, 1989, (pharmaceutical) biology]
  • M.Sc. - Dipl Biol (U. Freiburg, 1985)
  • MA (Wayne State University, 1982, Anthropology)

Selected Publications

  • Giovannini, P. and M. Heinrich (2009) Xki yoma’ (our medicine) and xki tienda (patent medicine)—Interface between traditional and modern medicine among the Mazatecs of Oaxaca, Mexico . Journal of Ethnopharmacology 121: 383 – 199. (doi:10.1016/j.jep.2008.11.003)

  • Heinrich M, Maryam Modarai,  Andreas Kortenkamp. 2008. Herbal extracts used for upper respiratory tract infections: Are there clinically relevant interactions with the Cytochrome P450 enzyme system? Planta medica 74: 657 – 660. (DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1034292)

  • Heinrich, M., J. Chan, S. Wanke, Ch. Neinhuis and M.S.S. Simmonds (2009) Local Uses of Aristolochia species and content of Aristolochic Acid 1 and 2 –  a global assessment based on bibliographic sources. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 125: 108 – 144.

  • Heinrich, M., S. Edwards,  D. E. Moerman, M. Leonti (2009) Ethnopharmacological Field Studies: A Critical Assessment of their Conceptual Basis and Methods. Journal of Ethnpharmacology 124: 1 – 17 (doi:10.1016/j.jep.2009.03.043)

  • Modarai, M., Suter A., A. Kortenkamp,  M. Heinrich, (2010) Metabolomic profiling of liquid Echinacea medicinal products inhibiting  Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4). Planta medica in press

  • Politi M., W. Peschel, N. Wilson, M. Zloh, J.M. Prieto, and Heinrich M. 2008. Cannabis water extracts and tinctures analysed by NMR spectroscopy; different strategies to reduce the content of delta9-THC. Phytochemistry 69: 562–570.

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