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Noted Herb Expert Joins American Botanical Council as Chief Science Officer
Date:7/16/2013

ion and authentication of herbal extracts, and the validation of methods for more than 20 over-the-counter drug ingredients for consumer products.

He has participated as an expert peer reviewer for many respected scientific journals including Phytochemistry, Planta Medica, Journal of AOAC International, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and the Journal of Natural Products, and he co-chaired the organization of the American Society of Pharmacognosy's 48th annual meeting.

"ABC welcomes Dr. Stefan Gafner as our first Chief Science Officer," said ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal. "Stefan will provide significant energy and expertise in furthering ABC's nonprofit mission to educate the public about medicinal herbs and other beneficial plants."

Blumenthal also noted that Dr. Gafner's laboratory analytical experience will be especially helpful with respect to the technical aspects of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program — a nonprofit consortium that ABC is managing that educates industry, researchers, and health professionals on how to identify adulterants in botanical materials and helps to ensure proper identity and authenticity in herbal raw materials.

"It is a privilege to join the American Botanical Council as its first chief scientific officer," said Dr. Gafner.

"I remember hiking the Swiss Alps as a high school student with my camera and two friends taking pictures of every wildflower we could shoot," he reminisced. "Fellow hikers would sometimes look at us as if we were from the moon, but on occasion, also stop and ask us about the plants we were looking at.

"I never fathomed that this passion would lead to a career in pharmacognosy and allow me to join a pioneering organization like ABC," added Dr. Ga
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