On Friday, March 2, the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences invited Dr. Carrie Waterman, an Assistant Researcher in the Department of Nutrition at University of California Davis to speak at the School’s second colloquium this semester.
Dr. Waterman spoke on the wide-ranging benefits of the Moringa Tree (Moringa oleifera) to over 30 members of staff, faculty and students from the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the Science Center’s Lecture Theater 5.
Her current collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya on the Moringa Tree (Moringa oleifera), is in line with her research interests in the expansion and improvement of the use, production, and processing of the Moringa tree worldwide, including community involvement and development.
Dr. Waterman enlightened participants on the tree’s therapeutic applications such as in malnutrition, diabetes, and HIV; as a nematocide and biofertilizer in agricultural uses; and in livestock feed for improved animal nutrition and milk production.
She specifically addressed students of Pharmacy, asking them to not limit their career options to pharmaceutical organizations, but to expand them to include community outreach, capacitybuilding, basic research, business development, and entrepreneurship.
She further invited interested students to join her in designing research projects on the Moringa tree, which included funding proposals.
The colloquium was organized by Dr. Caroline Kahiri (Assistant Professor of Human Physiology), and follows the the first Colloquium on “Contemporary Advances and Precincts of Biopharming as Drugs’ Production Systems” by Dr. Apollo Maima (Assistant Professor of Pharmacy) in January 2018.
The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has every intention of continuing to highlight and promote interes in the School’s research areas from within and outside the university, by host ing two colloquiums every semester.
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- Written by Victor Mshindi