Biochemistry Department, Natural Product Research Institute, College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University
The mid 90’s saw a worldwide impetus for the modernization and scientific evaluation of traditional medicine practice and research. Technical developments enabled a new approach to research and scientific evaluation of traditional medicine. An example illustrating this has been the use of functional MRI scans to enable the brain-mapping, real-time elucidation of the effects of acupuncture treatment on brain physiology.
Modern screening techniques and methodology in natural products science and chemical analysis have enabled a glimpse into the rationale and mechanisms of the action of traditional compound formulations. There have also been great initiatives to discover new drug leads using established traditional medicine
The Natural Product Research Institute is a research centre specializing in the field of natural products science. It is a World Health Organization (WHO) and UNESCO affiliated research centre of traditional medicine frequented by world academics where knowledge is exchanged and expanded.
Dr. Agnes worked in the multi-disciplinary team involved in the development of new analytical monographs of herbal drugs for quality proofing, in defining the chemical structure of key compounds and exploring the new physiological activity of the elements in order to develop new drugs.
Agnes and her team assayed a large number of potential biological modulators against a set of defined targets. Her research focused on the following themes:
Dr. Agnes Ryu studied the impact of numerous pharmaceutical and natural products on the biochemical pathways and their biological efficacies.