Seminar Series Launched March 6 With Research On Echinacea
Contact:  Beth Potier
UNH Media Relations

Gretchen Forbes
COLSA Dean's Office
February 29, 2008

DURHAM, N.H. – Diane Birt, distinguished professor and director of the Center for Research on Botanical Dietary Supplements at Iowa State University, will discuss her interdisciplinary research on Echinacea as a dietary supplement at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, March 6 (12:40 to 2 p.m.). Birt’s lecture launches the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture’s (COLSA) Visionary Seminar Series. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is in Kingsbury Hall N101 on the UNH campus in Durham.

Birt will discuss her work with an interdisciplinary team of chemists, agronomists, botanists, immunologists, virologists, nutritionists, food scientists and statisticians at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa who are exploring ways to optimize Echinacea’s (purple cone flower) use against colds and flu. The interdisciplinary Center for Research on Botanical Dietary Supplements was developed in response to a request for proposals from the National Institutes of Health.

The Visionary Seminar Series, initiated by COLSA Dean Tom Brady and sponsored by the COLSA Faculty Development Fund, aims to explore the vision of a variety of experts on the future of education and research in the scientific areas encompassed by the College. Future lectures throughout the spring will explore disease treatment, genomics, biomedical research, and the future of agriculture in New Hampshire. For more information on the Visionary Seminar Series, go to


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