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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Uncovering the secrets of Indigenous medicines

 

Overview

This project aims to teach Indigenous communities about the scientific potential of traditional plants which may uncover anti-cancer and pharmaceutical compounds. The research team will spend time with Indigenous young people in the northern Kaanju homelands on the Cape York Peninsula to teach them basic scientific skills. It is hoped that these skills will enable Indigenous people to identify new plants for use in western medicines. The plants may contain medicinal or anti-cancer compounds that may be the basis for future commercially viable and environmentally sustainable new medicines.

Abstract adapted from Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer

Contacts

Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer
Cancer research reception
Ph: 08) 8404 2842
Email: cancer@flinders.edu.au

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Last updated: 7 February 2014
 
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