Ethnobotany Collaborative Group (ECoG)
The Ethnobotany Collaborative Group (ECoG), within the Pharmacognosy Institute, is an integral part of pharmaceutical research and education at the UIC College of Pharmacy. The Pharmacognosy Institute is an IBHE-endorsed entity within the UIC College of Pharmacy (COP) that is dedicated to all aspects of pharmacognosy research, collaboration, and global networking.
UIC has a rich history ethnobotany field research, along with a variety of built-in resources, including the Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden, the Heritage Garden, 50,000+ medicinal plant samples at the Pharmacognosy Field Station from 50+ years of pharmacognosy fieldwork, and many state-of-the-art research laboratories across campus that study the interactions between plants, humans, and well-being. UIC’s Pharmacognosy Graduate Program has long attracted students interested in medical ethnobotany with research projects around the globe, including locally in the Chicago area.
The ECoG group seeks to understand better the uses of plants for medical conditions in different cultures and the diversity of plants used in medical practice in the past, today, and future. Thereby, the group studies the interconnections between people and plants and the value of traditional knowledge systems.
View some of the past and ongoing research conducted by members of the group.
The ECoG group is offering a HON 201 seminar series with the UIC Honors College. In Fall 2021, the HON 201 seminar are CRN 13770, entitled “Plant Medicine from Rainforest to Metropolis – A Legacy for the Future”.
We also welcome UIC students interested in joining any of our ongoing projects to learn more about ethnobotany.
The ECoG community task force uses medical ethnobotany to connect with greater Chicago area communities.
Members of the Ethnobotany Collaborative Group (ECoG) come from all across UIC. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the group.
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