Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) is looking for interested organisations and individuals to join the User Group or work with us as a Partner.
Become a member of our User Group
Fundamental to establishing effective information services is the creation of a group to represent the interests of the intended client base. This User Group will have a wide representation both geographically and across research sectors and industries. The needs of clients will drive development of our services by helping to prioritise the addition of new content, shape the design and scope of the services, and ensure that we consider their practical constraints and business environments.
The User Group will meet twice yearly during the three to four year development phase, and the goal is for it to become established and to continue thereafter, guiding maintenance and development of the MPNS resource and information services into the future.
...there is a clear business need and some urgency to progress with your initiativeA former Head of Global Dictionary, GlaxoSmithKline
A former Head of Global Dictionary, GlaxoSmithKline believes that “the initiative you propose will be of great value for the future unambiguous identification, classification and communication of ingredients in medicinal products and this in turn will result in improved healthcare” and points out “there is a clear business need and some urgency to progress with your initiative”.
The National Poisons Information Service “support this project and are sure we will find the results useful in providing accurate names for plants on our database TOXBASE and appropriate information to medical professionals enquiring about plant poisonings”.
These are quotes from two of the numerous letters of support that MPNS has received from legislators, health professionals, researchers and publishers (a full list of letters can be found here). These key stakeholders have already expressed an interest in being part of the User Group.
MPNS is actively seeking further individuals and organisations that are willing to offer their time and advice.
Become a Partner
MPNS does not intend to duplicate work that others are already doing in gathering and disseminating more detailed information, for example, on plant chemistry, toxicity or trade data. Instead we propose that MPNS becomes part of the medicinal plant information landscape, serving as an intelligent gateway to these multiple resources, and helping them to become accessible, regardless of the plant name used by the resource or by those looking for information.
Medicinal Plant Resources of the World (MAPROW) contains drug, pharmaceutical and common names alongside plant part information from medicinal plant references including pharmacopoeias. It was built and is curated by Prof. Uwe Schippmann and is used by the IUCN International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP). Prof. Schippmann is a key partner with MPNS.
We are currently talking to potential partners, but are interested in hearing from other data managers.
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