Research Spotlight – Fall 2011:
Tannis Jurgens – Dalhousie University
Dr Jurgens [BSc (Pharm)(Dal), MSc (Pharmacognosy)(Dal), PhD (Pharmacognosy) (U of Mississippi)] is an Associate Professor in Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products Chemistry at the College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University. Tannis has been able to combine her pharmacy background with her knowledge of natural products chemistry to develop a research program that is focused on evaluating the quality of the evidence of efficacy and safety of natural health products (NHPs) to treat and prevent a variety of conditions.
Dr Jurgens has particular interest in the use of NHPs in women’s health and, together with Dr Anne Marie Whelan, has published systematic reviews on the efficacy of NHPs in osteoporosis and premenstrual syndrome and a systematic review on critical appraisal instrument. With co-author Melanie Trinacty, they are currently conducting systematic reviews on bioidentical hormones for vasomotor symptoms and other symptoms of menopause. These systematic reviews in NHPs in women’s health have all been supported by the Dalhousie Pharmacy Endowment Fund.
Tannis has also been involved in a systematic review of evidence in basic pharmacology. In fact, one of the first systematic reviews that she conducted was with co-author Dr R McNeill, and was on the effects of natural products on blood pressure.
Drs Jurgens, Whelan and Kirk, along with E Foy and L Killian, are presently conducting a Cochrane Systematic Review that is funded by NSHRF. The protocol has been published as Jurgens TM, Whelan AM, Kirk S, Foy E. Green tea for weight loss and weight maintenance in overweight or obese adults [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 8. Art No.: CD008650. DOI: 10.1002/14651858. CD008650.