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“Traditional Wisdom for Novel Therapeutics-Dream or Reality?”

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The Organic Chemistry Club of College of Chemical Sciences successfully conducted the Inaugural webinar “Traditional Wisdom for Novel Therapeutics-Dream or Reality?” from the series “Trailblazers in Organic Chemistry” on the 22nd of December 2020. The keynote speaker of the session was Professor Chayanika Padumadasa (Ph.D. (Oxford), F.I.Chem.C, C.Chem.), a Professor in Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry at University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The content of the webinar was based on the fascinating area of drug discovery from natural products and the work carried out by her inspired by traditional wisdom on the medicinal plant Cocos nucifera L. towards a potential therapeutic agent for the treatment of Menorrhagia in women. All Participants gained immense knowledge on the value of Natural Products and its application in medicine and therapy. The event was graced with the presence of Professor S. Hewage, Dean of College of Chemical Sciences, Institute of Chemistry Ceylon who offered words of encouragement and gratitude. The session garnered a number of over 125 participants, including Undergraduates of the College of Chemical Sciences and many prestigious state and foreign universities. The Organic Chemistry Club of College of Chemical Sciences aims to conduct more of such successful webinars in the future to inspire the “hidden” Organic Chemists in all.