Gordon Cragg
Subhuti Dharmananda
James Duke
Kevin Ergil
Fredi Kronenberg
Yong-Ming Li
Jackie Wooton

Dr. Gordon Cragg is currently Chief of the Natural Products Branch of the National Cancer Institute, where he has been devoting his research to collecting, isolating and identifying anticancer and anti-HIV agents from natural sources for almost 20 years. He was a past president of the American Society of Pharmacognosy and received the NIH Merit Award in 1991 for his role in the discovery of Taxol. He is most respected for his life’s work on the identification and isolation of potential anticancer agents from plant and marine sources, and has published over 100 papers related to such interests to date.

Dr. Subhuti Dharmananda
currently directs the Institution of Traditional Medicine, an educational institution based in Portland Oregon. Dr. Dharmananda is a respected Oriental herbalist and can be considered a pioneer of traditional Asian therapies in the West, having lectured widely on the topic for the past two decades. He has written numerous scholarly monographs on topics related to Asian medicines and also authored important academic books including prescriptions on Silk and Paper: "The History and Development of Chinese Patent Medicines". The Link: "A Detailed Analysis of an Epidemic Disease", "Foundations of Chinese Herb Prescribing", "Chinese Herbal Therapies for Immune Disorders" and other popular titles.

Dr. James Duke formerly with the US Department of Agriculture is a renowned senior botanist and who is currently involved with The Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research, and the American Botanical Council. He has written more than a dozen texts, including the "Handbook of Medicinal Herbs", "The CRC Handbook of Alternative Cash Crops for the Tropics", "Amazonian Ethno botanical Dictionary" and "The Green Pharmacy", and the more recent "Amazonian Ethno botanical Dictionary". He has constructed powerful databases on the ecology, photochemistry and utility of thousands of economic plants. Advocating conservation in the Amazon as well as respect for efficacy of herbs over molecular drugs, Dr. Duke has been an all-important figure in the advancement of alternative therapies based on botanicals.

Kevin Ergil is the Director of the School of Oriental Medicine at Touro College in New York City. He was the former President of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and most recently Dean and Director of the Pacific Institute of Oriental Medicine as well as Director of Research and Chair of Acupuncture at the New York College staff. Kevin has been a student of Asian medical traditions since 1980 and is a medical acupuncturist as well as a licensed acupuncturist. He currently also serves as editor of the international journal clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine" and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Acupuncture Research, and chairs two committees of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Dr. Fredi Kronenberg is a Professor of Clinical Physiology in Rehabilitation Medicine, and has been Director of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as directs the NIH-funded Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research in Aging and WomenĄŻs Health. She is the principal investigator on many research projects, including numerous grant awards from the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, she was a founding editor of the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine and is on the editorial board the Journal of Tropical and Medicinal Plants.

Dr. Yong-Ming Li
is a pathologist as well as TCM physician who is currently President of TCM Association in New York with a deep and longtime interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs and anticancer herbs in particular. He trained in TCM in China prior to his PhD work in molecular immunology at U. of Illinois. Dr. Li has published over 100 papers and abstracts and is the recipient of a number of research grants as well as patents.

Jackie Wooton is President and Director of Alternative Medicine Foundation and Director of HerbMed, an interactive herbal database. Over the past 10 years, she has worked on designing and developing information resources for the Office of Alternative Medicine of the NIH as well as served as Informatics Director at the R & H Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of Columbia University in New York. She was the Executive Editor and currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and has published widely on alternative medicine research.