Discover Plant-Based Drug Discovery: An Interview with Dr. Atanas Atanasov

The author of a comprehensive review of the field describes what he’s learned about the interdisciplinary hunt for new drugs in nature.

Many an artist has been inspired by nature. Many a scientist, too, including Dr. Atanas Atanasov, a researcher at the University of Vienna in the Department of Pharmacognosy. Searching the natural world—including plants and other natural sources—for compounds that could be developed into new treatments for disease is highly interdisciplinary, challenging and fascinating work. Dr. Atanasov and colleagues have written a comprehensive review of the field that should serve as an excellent resource for other scientists, and an especially good starting point for newcomers to this line of research. In this video, he describes the reasons for today's renewed interest in plant-based drug discovery and what he thinks is coming next.