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Australian native plants - a source of novel anti-inflammatory compounds

Chronic inflammation manifests the development of various diseases. Existing anti-inflammatory drugs can cause severe side effects, most notably stomach ulcers. Numerous plant species utilised in Australian Aboriginal medicine are reputed to possess anti-inflammatory activities but their pharmacological potential has not been explored. The main aim of this project is to isolate novel anti-inflammatory compounds from such plants.

Afia has received both a Bachelor and Master's degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rajshahi in Bangladesh. Her research interests include neuropharmacology, diabetes and natural products. In her current project, she studies plant's chemistry to identify the structure of its compounds as well as their biology for anti-inflammatory potential. Afia hopes that her PhD will be a successful step toward her ultimate goal of helping people to live healthier and happier lives.