PHR 446 – Forensic Pharmacognosy

Course lecturer :

  • Prof. Dr. Fathalla Harraz
  • Dr. Mohamed Mahmoud Hamdy

Course assistant :

  • Ph. Amal Helmy
  • Ph. Mohamed Rabie

Course objectives :

The course of forensic pharmacognosy aims at providing the pharmacy student with sufficient knowledge concerning the investigation of a crime scene and intoxication caused by natural toxins. In addition, methods related to examination and identification of the collected evidencesare provided as well.

Course description :

  1. Abused poisonous plants, the nature of their toxic principles, the symptoms of toxicity and way of treatment.
  2. Some crime scene evidences such as animal and human hairs, textile fibers, toxic fungi and mycotoxins.
  3. Recent technologies suitable for identification of illicit drugs and trace evidence. Examples of these methodologies or technologies include GC, GC-MS, HPLC, capillary electrophoresis, etc.

Course assessment :

  • – Week 8 & 9 – Mid-term exam……60 marks (20 %).
  • Practical exams………………….…50 marks (16.67 %).
  • Assignments………..……………….…20 marks (6.67 %).
  • Interactive learning……………..…..20 marks (13.33%).
  • Week 15- Final written exam….120 marks (40 %)
  • Week 15- Final oral exam………..30 marks (10 %)

Recommended text books :

– Trease, G.E. and Evans, W.C.\”Pharmacognosy\”; 16th ed., Saunders Bailliere, Tindall, London (2009).
– Mohamed Ali, \”Pharmacognosy\”; 2nd ed., CBS publishers & distributors, New Delhi, Bangalore, India (2008).

Recommended refrences :

Rahman, A. “Studies in Natural Products Chemistry”, 1st edition, Elsevier (2015).