Research on natural products from Canadian native plants
Plants are an invaluable resource from which to discover new compounds for industrial or medical use, since there are excellent reasons to believe plants contain beneficial chemicals. The Cancer Cell Laboratory at the University of Lethbridge is one of the first laboratories to study the industrial and medical properties of native prairie plants. Our laboratory is ideally located in the prairie zone, and our researchers have the expertise to explore plants for novel biological activities. We have a plant extract library that is unique in the world.
We believe that prairie plants contain important compounds because they need to protect themselves from insects, grazing animals and a harsh climate. A common source of protection is the synthesis of interesting chemicals. In other countries, life-saving drugs have been discovered from plants. We expect to find life-saving anti-cancer drugs here in Canada by applying a methodical scientific approach under our Prairie to Pharmacy Research Program.
Human tissue culture modelling; measuring toxicity and biochemical pathways of natural products; cell imaging, compound testing, drug discovery, phenotypic assaying, training of highly qualified personnel ( HQP).
- Agriculture, animal science and food
- Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
Specialized labs and equipment
|Tissue culture facilities
|Cultivation of human cells for testing
|High-value imaging of cells for testing and phenotypic assays
Private and public sector research partners
- Pierre Fabre Laboratories (France)
- Servier Laboratories (France)
|Buffalo bean more than floral
|Cancer research plucking wild flowers
|Searching for new cures with Western and traditional knowledge