Dr. Paula N. Brown, PhD

Paula Brown

Director, Natural Health and Food Products Research Group (NRG)
Canada Research Chair, Phytoanalytics

Email: Paula_Brown@bcit.ca

Dr. Paula Brown is the Director of BCIT's Natural Health and Food Products Research Group (NRG), which has been actively supporting the Natural Health Products (NHP) industry for over a decade through applied research activities, including product development, establishment of quality standards and regulatory compliance. Dr. Brown is also the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Phytoanalytics, investigating the wide range of chemicals produced by plants, how they are synthesized, regulated and allocated within plant tissues, their extractability and activity and their role in plant and human health.

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PhD, Chemistry, University of British Columbia
MSc, Chemistry, Simon Fraser University
BSc Honours, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Dalhousie University


First Place Blue Ribbon. American Urological Association. 2016
Neil Towers Award. Natural Health Product Research Society of Canada. 2016
Herbal Insight Award. American Herbal Products Association. 2016
Thieme Award for the Most Innovative Planta Medica Original Paper. 2013


Dietary Supplement Joint Committee (NSF)
Analytical Laboratories and Botanical Raw Material Committees (American Herbal Products Association)
Advisory Board of the American Botanical Council
Natural Health Products Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

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Research Collaborators

Wendy Applequist. Missouri Botanical Garden
Joseph M Betz. National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements
Mark Blumenthal. American Botanical Council
Michael Deyholos. Biology, UBC
Susie Finlay. Vancouver Community College
Roy Golsteyn. University of Lethbridge
Loren Israelson. United Natural Products Alliance
A. Max P. Jones. Plant Agriculture, Guelph
Ikhlas Khan. Director, National Center for Natural Products Research
Danna Leeman. Canadian Museum of Nature
Susan J. Murch. Chemistry, UBC
Diane Ragone. National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii
Mark Rheault. Biology, UBC
Praveen K. Saxena. Plant Agriculture, Guelph
Paul R. Shipley. Chemistry, UBC
Roy Upton. American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
Peter Wentzell. Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University

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