The Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences

Founded in 1982, the Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences (PCRPS) is an internationally renowned research center for the study of biologically active natural products. The PCRPS was established to bring together interested faculty within the University of Illinois to pursue research and development projects collaboratively that are pertinent to the biomedical sciences in general and the pharmaceutical sciences in particular. The PCRPS involves a host of research, education, service, and outreach activities in the greater field of natural products,  medicinal plants, as well as dietary and food ingredients. Major PCRPS activities include the UIC Botanical Center, the NAPRALERT natural products database, pre- and postdoctoral training in natural products, the WHO Collaborative Centre (WHO TRMCC), the Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden, and the ICBG drug discovery program.

Research activities include drug discovery involving the isolation and biological evaluation of anticancer, cancer chemoprevention, antimalarial, anti-HIV, anti-TB, and other disease target agents from natural sources; studies in chemical carcinogenesis; collection of ethnomedical information in the field; biodiversity conservation based collection of medicinal plants for chemical and biological investigation; computerization of the world’s literature on the chemistry and biology of medicinal natural products; phytochemical analysis and standardization of natural products and herbal products; and the standardization, phytochemistry, biological activity evaluation, metabolism, pharmacokinetics and clinical studies of botanical dietary supplements for women’s health.

In addition to teaching and research, the faculty of the program are committed to the development of international programs, for example as members of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Traditional Medicine at UIC, as members of international pharmacopoeial boards, and through collaborative projects with colleagues worldwide.

Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences

Founded in 1982, the Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences (PCRPS) is an internationally renowned research center for the study of biologically active natural products. The PCRPS was established to bring together interested faculty within the University of Illinois to pursue research and development projects collaboratively that are pertinent to the biomedical sciences in general and the pharmaceutical sciences in particular.

Our Centers

UIC Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research

The UIC Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research (UIC Botanical Center) is studying Botanical Dietary Supplements for safety, health and well-being. Founded in 1999, the Center has been supported by a grant (P50 AT000155) from the NIH’s Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH; formerly NCCAM).

Botanical Center Page

Center for Natural Products Technologies | CeNAPT

The Center for Natural Products Technologies works on the development, coordination, and dissemination of methodology that can advance natural products research

CeNAPT Page

NAPRALERT Database

NAtural PRoducts ALERT or NAPRALERT® is a relational database of natural products. Ethnomedical, pharmacological, and biochemical information on extracts of organisms from in vitro, in situ, in vivo, in humans (case reports, non-clinical trials) and clinical studies are included. In addition, similar information is available for metabolites from natural sources.

NAPRALERT Database Page

UIC WHO Collaborating Centre Chicago

The World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy (WHO CC/TRM, UIC) is one of 21 such designated centers in the World.

WHO Collaborating Center Page

Pauli Group

Natural Products Science in Chicago | Research | Pharmacognosy | qNMR | IMPs | Residual Complexity | Countercurrent Separation | Analytical Technologies | Farnsworth Lectures

Pauli Group Page

Atkins Medicinal Garden

The Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden offers a unique venue for trainees and visitors to learn about medicinal plants and their historic and current uses.

Atkins Garden Page

International Cooperative Biodiversity Group

This UIC-based Vietnam-Laos ICBG (International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups) program ran from 1998 to 2012. Funding support was provided by the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH grants 1UO1 TW001015 01; 2UO1 TW001015 06; 3UO1-TW001015-10S1 & 10S2).

ICBG Page

Guido F. Pauli

Director and Norman R. Farnsworth Professor of Pharmacognosy

833 S. Wood Street, 414 COP, 971, Chicago, Illinois 60612