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Scientist honored for dietary supplement work

Ikhlas A. Khan


khlas A. Khan, assistant director of the National Center for Natural Products Research, is the recipient of the 2010 Nutrition Business Journal’s Education Award for his significant contributions in education and training in the field of dietary supplements.

Also director for the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Excellence in Botanicals at UM, he is a nationally and internationally recognized proponent of using  analytical fingerprinting to standardize herbal products and using bio-analytical approaches to improve the products’ quality and safety.

“I am pleased and honored to receive this award,” said Khan. “It speaks highly of our research team’s efforts in dietary supplements here at NCNPR.”

He is the recipient of the 2010 American Herbal Products Association Herbal Insight Award, 2009 Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award, 2009 FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation and 2010 Hakim Ahmed Ashraf Memorial Global Award.

‘Dr. Khan’s research on the quality and safety of botanical supplements has long been appreciated in the scientific community.’

NCNPR Director
Larry A. Walker

Khan served on the advisory boards or expert panels of the United States Pharmacopoeia Committee, Women’s Health and Asian Traditional Medicine, AHPA, Missouri Botanical Garden, American Botanical Council, AOAC International Dietary Supplement Task Force and Natural Health Directorate-Health Canada. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 original research articles, publications or reviews.

“Dr. Khan’s research on the quality and safety of botanical supplements has long been appreciated in the scientific community,” said NCNPR Director Larry A. Walker. “This award from the Nutrition Business Journal marks the recognition by supplement industry leaders that such work provides an important foundation for the long-term health of the industry. We at the NCNPR are indeed fortunate to have Dr. Khan’s vision, energy and expertise helping to shape our research program.”

Born in Amroha, India, Khan received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, India. He earned his doctorate in pharmacy from the Institute for Pharmaceutical Biology in Munich. He joined the UM faculty in 1988.


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