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Medicinal Plants in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Diseases 2013

Call for Papers

Medicinal plants have a vast array of bioactivities and are used in the management of infectious and lifestyle diseases from the dawn of civilization. Chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer are a global problem today. However, most of these diseases were largely preventable. Though the emergency medicine saves thousands of lives every day, the preventive medicine on the other hand can help to prevent chronic diseases from occurring, rather than trying to treat after it is too late. Our purpose is to unify, simplify, and present that knowledge of prevention and treatment by the use of medicinal plants and some nutraceuticals with the help of our colleagues.

We encourage contribution by original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the pathology underlying diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases (CVD), cancer, and neurodegenerations, the development of strategies to prevent and treat these conditions, the evaluation of outcomes, the epidemiological and clinical studies, and the study of medicinal plants and their active compounds in degenerative disease research. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Natural substances as lead compounds in chronic and degenerative diseases research
  • Natural products involved in the prevention of chronic diseases
  • Ethnopharmacological studies of medicinal plants used in the treatment of chronic diseases
  • Herbal pharmacotherapy and phytochemical studies
  • Role of functional foods and nutraceuticals in the management of chronic diseases
  • Pharmacological and toxicological studies on the mechanisms of action of medicinal plants used in the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases
  • Epidemiological and clinical studies on efficacy of medicinal plants
  • Studies on the consequences of the use of plant crude drugs
  • Advances in genetics of chronic diseases and nutrigenomics in the prevention of chronic diseases
  • Recent advances in prevention and controlling of chronic diseases

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ecam/ptcd13/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 26 July 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 18 October 2013
Publication DateFriday, 13 December 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Mohamed Eddouks, Faculty of Sciences and Techniques, Moulay Ismail University, BP 21, Errachidia, Morocco

Guest Editors

  • Debprasad Chattopadhyay, ICMR Virus Unit, Division of Ethnomedicine, ID & BG Hospital, General Block 4, 57 Dr. Suresh C Banerjee Road, Kolkata 700 010, India
  • Vincenzo De Feo, Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche e Biomediche, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Via Ponte don Melillo, 84084 Fisciano, Italy
  • William C. Cho, Department of Clinical Oncology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kowloon, Hong Kong