Scientific Program

Conference Series Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend 5th International Conference and Exhibition on Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry & Natural Products Melbourne, Australia.

Day 2 :

Keynote Forum

Dilip Ghosh

Soho Flordis International, Australia

Keynote: KeenMind®: Clinically proven natural medicine for cognitive health

Time : 09:00-09:40

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Dilip Ghosh has received his PhD in Biomedical Science from University of Calcutta, India. Previously, he held positions in Organon (India) Ltd.; HortResearch, New Zealand; USDA-ARS, HNRCA at Tufts University, Boston; The Smart Foods Centre, & Neptune Bio-Innovation Pty. Ltd., Australia. He is an international speaker, facilitator and author. He is a fellow of American College of Nutrition, professional member of AIFST, and also he is the Editorial Board Member of several journals. He has published more than 70 papers in peer reviewed journals, numerous articles in food and nutrition magazines and 4 books under CRC Press, USA.


The brain is a complex organ that neuroscientists are still attempting to understand. As people live longer, dysfunction of the brain is becoming a predominant issue for the healthcare system. Cognitive decline, particularly in elderly people, often derives from the interaction between age-related changes and age-related diseases, and covers a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations. Epidemiological evidence supports the hypothesis that modifiable lifestyle-related factors are associated with cognitive decline, opening new avenues. Due to the multifactorial nature, the role of nutrition in cognitive neuroscience is complex. The concern is not simply with the impact of a single chemical on the brain but with multiple nutrients, metabolites and interacting factors. Numerous nutraceutical combinations have entered the international market through exploration of ethno-pharmacological claims made by different traditional practices without robust quality, safety and efficacy proof. The role of clinically proven natural products in brain health is urgently needed and few products have addressed this need. KeenMind®™ (, a standardised extract (CDRI08) made from an Indian Ayurvedic herb, Bacopa monnieri, with numerous randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies demonstrates benefits for enhancing memory retention and recall, improving mental clarity and focus, as well as assisting learning, concentration and attention. KeenMind is very useful to facilitate learning and concentration, particularly in children and students. Two ongoing RCT studies in Australia explore the effect of KeenMind in modulating brain ageing, cardiovascular system, improving cognition in the elderly and ameliorating the symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity in children. This can be used for mature and elderly individuals to aid memory and reduce decline in mental performance. KeenMind supplementation can be an ideal choice for those with intellectually demanding jobs or those who are under pressure.

  • KeenMind is a clinically proven natural medicines supported by 6 RCTs
  • Complete seed to patient journey is standardized
  • KeenMind is the result of over 40 years of research
  • KeenMind is well tolerated and no effect on stomach
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Keynote Forum

Vanita Sharma

Vibe Ayurveda, Australia

Keynote: Ayurveda – The plant based apothecary, traditional medicine and modern era

Time : 09:40-10:20

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Vanita Sharma was born in India. After attending Punjab University, Shri Dhanwantary Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India and gaining her post-graduate in Naturopathy and Yoga, she began her career as an Ayurvedic Physician, carrying on this wisdom passed down five generations. In 1999, she founded Vibe Ayurveda, the first Ayurvedic Health & Wellness Centre in Melbourne Victoria.

Currently, Vanita is a nominated member Complementary Health IRC, AISC and serving as a Vice-President of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda and has appeared on local Australian TV-shows and live on various community radios. Her clinic is her source of inspiration and her gift to the world.


Ayurveda -The herbal plant based apothecary dates from far past almost 5000 years. Awareness for consuming medicinal plants for health has been known by ancient civilizations and used throughout the millennia, but the abundance of benefits that herbs bring to the pantry has only recently become appreciated. In India, Ayurveda medicine has used many herbs such as turmeric possibly as early as 4,000 BC. The Sushruta Samhita attributed to Sushruta in the 6th century BC describes 700 medicinal plants, 64 preparations from mineral sources, and 57 preparations based on animal sources.

In fact, therapeutic drugs developed from plant sources have provided considerable value to the pharmaceutical industry over the past half-century.

The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) was established in 2003, to upgrade education standards, quality control and standardization of drugs, improving the availability of medicinal plant material, research and development and awareness generation about the efficacy of the systems locally and internationally.

Scientists suggest that a reverse pharmacology approach, inspired by traditional medicine (Chinese, Ayurveda, herbal, etc.) can offer a smart strategy to facilitate and expedite new drug discovery process.

In the modern era, Ayurveda is utilizing basic tenets of nanotechnology to prepare a nanomedicine in a nanocrystalline form to treat various chronic ailments. In the 21st century, pharmacological effects of medicinal plants have been considered as a promising future medicine for the management of health care.

Keynote Forum

Shamim Ahmad

Aligarh Muslim University, India

Keynote: Honey in medicine: Past, present and future

Time : 10:20-11:00

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Shamim Ahmad is a Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Officer In-Charge at Microbiology Section, Institute of Ophthalmology, Aligarh Muslim University, India since 1983. He has earned his PhD in 1982 and obtained his Postdoctoral training in various Departments of Microbiology at the universities in six countries. His research work mainly involved multi resistant eye pathogens including super bugs MRSAs and their alternative treatment with newer antibacterial and innovative natural products especially honey. He has published many papers, one book and three book chapters in international books. He is a member of the Editorial Team including Chief Editor of at least 68 international journals of world repute.


In view of the world wide prevalence and alarming increase in the antibiotic resistance among multi-resistant clinical bacteria and superbugs, a search for an effective alternate antibacterial natural agent like honey is urgently required. Honey in the past has occupied a prominent place in traditional medicines throughout world history. The Noble Holy Quran and many Prophetic narrations have also referred honey as a great healer of diseases. Honey was used to treat the infected wounds 2000 years before the bacteria were discovered. Ayurvedic and Unani Medicine have been using honey as a vital medicine for centuries. Presently, Branded Manuka Honey and many commercial products being possessing antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant medicinal properties have now flooded world market and shown to be highly effective for the treatment of many wound infections, burns, sore throat, psoriasis, gastrointestinal disorders, arthritis, eczema, dental carries, stomach aches, flu like symptoms and corneal ulcers. Recently, a large number of workers have explored honey’s miracles in ophthalmology, dentistry, surgery, plastic surgery, pediatrics, dermatology, gynecology and gastroenterology. A long term in vitro and in vivo researches on antibacterial and curative effects of honey even on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from eye patients in UK along with treatment trials in dry eye syndromes in human beings provides potential prospects and scope of honey as an alternate antibacterial option in various fields of medicine in future to fight with the most difficult resistant bacterial pathogens.