Department of Phytochemistry and natural products
The activities of phytochemistry and natural products department are based mainly on the study of pharmaceutical products which originated from natural sources e.g. plants, animals and microorganisms. The department focuses also on the separation and purification of active ingredients from their natural sources and the study of chemical and biological impact of such material and their medicinal uses as well as the negative effects resulting from natural drug abuse. In addition to highlighting the role of natural products in the modern drug discovery programs through follow up the recent and advanced techniques in the field of herbal medicine, chemistry of natural products and their applications.
To be a characteristic department in the study of medicinal herbs and natural products as a major source for the modern system of treatment using the most advanced technologies in this field, regionally and globally.
To be a part of a team that Contributes to the graduation of highly qualified clinical pharmacists (Doctor of pharmacy) in the formulation of drugs, specially from natural sources, to serve the Saudi society and are familiar with and aware of the proper uses of natural products in all fields of medicine and research.
Aims and Objectives
1. Promoting natural products as biologically-active compounds amongst the wider scientific community.
2. To implement the research plan of the Department and to direct it towards community service and environmental development coping with the research policy of the Faculty and of the University.
3. Promotion of research on the safe use of medicinal plants and products derived from them (herbal medical products, food supplements, cosmetics).
4. Contributing to the sustainable use of the world's biodiversity by fomenting all aspects related to the development of products from such sources including local initiatives on the save use of these resources.
5. Graduation of a distinguished clinical pharmacist and qualified to work in public and private pharmacies, pharmaceutical control laboratories and pharmaceutical factories and companies can make analysis of medicines containing medicinal plants.