The Pharmacognosy Insitute at the UIC College of Pharmacy

The Pharmacognosy Institute at the UIC College of Pharmacy was established in 2020. It evolved from and integrates various hallmark programs at UIC, particularly the UIC Botanical Center established in 1999 and the Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences (PCRPS) established in 1980.


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

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


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

Medicinal Plants of Laos

This website features a collection of information about medicinal plants of Laos, forming a part of our educational, research, and community outreach activities.

Medicinal Plants of Laos Page

International Cooperative Biodiversity Group (ICBG)

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).


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.

PCRPS Website

Pauli Group

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

Pauli Group Page

Guido F. Pauli

Director and Norman R. Farnsworth Professor of Pharmacognosy

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