AIN RAAL, PhD (Pharm)
Professor of Pharmacognosy
Institute of Pharmacy
Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu, ESTONIA
ain.raal [ät] ut.ee
Phone: +372 737 5288
Short Curriculum Vitae
Dr. A. Raal is a full-time Professor of Pharmacognosy and Head of the Institute of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tartu.
Dr. Raal obtained his MSc (Pharm) degree in 1984 in Tartu (Estonia, previously U.S.S.R.) and PhD (Pharm = Candidate of Sciences in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy) in 1989 at The Institute of Chemistry and Pharmacy of Leningrad, U.S.S.R. for the theses "The pharmacognostical study of Matricaria matricarioides of Estonian origin".
He received Docentship in Pharmacognoy at the University of Tartu in 1993. In 2016, he was appointed as a full-time Professor in Pharmacognosy at the University of Tartu. Since 2015 he is the Head of the Institute of Pharmacy, University of Tartu.
Over the last two decades, his research works have focused on pharmacognosy, phytochemistry and biological activity of medicinal plants of Estonia, Europe and Asia. He is also specialized in pharmacy history and in social pharmacy in the field of medicinal plants.
Today, the key research areas of his group are:
- Essential oil content and composition of medicinal plants of different origin;
- Phenolic substances in medicinal plants of different origin;
- Isolation and identification of biologically active substances from medicinal plants of different origin;
- Biological activities, especially anti-cancer and anti-inflmmatory activity of plants extracts and individual compouds;
- History of pharmacy with focus to University of Tartu and natural products;
- Utilization of medicinal plants in aspects of social pharmacy.
To date, Dr. Raal has authored or co-authored 85 original peer-reviewed scientific articles in international (category 1.1.) journals, and over 120 abstracts in domestiuc and international conference proceedings. He has published or co-publiched 29 textbooks, monograps and popular-scientific books.
He has received the Estonian Academy of Sciences Award for popularization of science for the "Encyclopedia of medicinal plants of the World" (in Estonian, 2010), and the Estonian Academy of Sciences Award to use the badge "Nationally awarded popularizer of science" (2011).
He has also supervised or co-supervised total 2 PhD theses and more than 140 Msci (Pharm) theses in the abovementioned research fields.
Development of evidence-based herbal tinctures (LMVFA20208, 2020)
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