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2024 -TRAMIL - Towards a Caribbean Herbal Pharmacopeia


TRAMIL - Towards a Caribbean Herbal Pharmacopeia

The Caribbean TRAMIL program has been exploring opportunities for traditional medicine, a Caribbean Pharmacopoeia and the role of botanicals in primary healthcare in the region for over 30 years, completing 50 surveys to date across 25 countries. In this event David will discuss a brief history of TRAMIL, the methodology and his own experience undertaking the first TRAMIL survey in Jamaica.


  • Special Speaker: Dr. David Picking

    Dr Picking is a Research Fellow at the Caribbean Centre for Research in Bioscience (CCRIB) (formerly the Natural Products Institute), The University of West Indies. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry from The UWI, and BSc (Hons) and Graduate Diploma from the University of Westminster’s School of Integrated Health, where he graduated as a medical herbalist. His research interests include pharmacognosy, ethnopharmacology and ethnobotany. A primary aim of the research being undertaken at CCRIB is to support the development of a strong evidence base for safe medicinal plant use within the Jamaican healthcare system and to support the development of a successful Jamaican natural health products industry. He has published peer reviewed articles, book chapters and books and presented at national, regional and international conferences. He is a regular contributor to the Caribbean-wide TRAMIL network (Traditional Medicines of the Islands) and online pharmacopeia (, having completed and published Jamaica’s first TRAMIL survey in 2011.

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 10:00 am CT (Central Time-US) via Zoom
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