Discovering novel drug lead molecules for inflammatory bowel disease from Australian Aboriginal tropical medicinal plants.

  • Wangchuk, Phurpa (Chief Investigator)
  • Ruscher, Ronald (Chief Investigator)
  • Jamie, Joanne (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Pyne, Stephen (Chief Investigator)
  • Crayn, Darren (Chief Investigator)
  • Turpin, Gerald (Chief Investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details


Inflammatory bowel disease affects 1 in 250 Australian people and has no cure. Inspired by the Mbabaram Aboriginal bush medicines for inflammatory conditions, we have confirmed that three out of six chosen medicinal plants possess potent anti-inflammatory properties in vitro. Building on this preliminary data, we aim to isolate novel anti-inflammatory drug candidates for treating IBD, while at the same time generating scientific data to add value to their traditional Aboriginal knowledge.
Short titleNovel drug lead from Australian Aboriginal medicinal plants
AcronymIBD Ab plants
Effective start/end date1/01/2031/12/23