Announcement – NHPRS Annual Conference 2020 Postponed


Dear Colleagues of the NHP Research Community,
On behalf of the NHPRS Board of Directors I am announcing our decision to postpone the 17th Annual NHP Research Conference and Tradeshow that was scheduled for May 24-27th, 2020 in Ottawa.

In consideration of the need to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19 and having undertaken a risk-assessment using the Public Health Guidance on COVID-19 with respect to gatherings ( we are confident this the best, albeit disappointing, option. If you have already paid conference registration you will be reimbursed and for any other questions related to this postponement please contact us at:

Although our annual conference has been postponed till 2021 we are still accepting applications for the 2020 John Thor Arnason Research Award which is open to graduate student and post doctoral NHPRS members. The deadline for applications is March 30th, 2020. For more information please see:

The 17th Annual NHP Research Conference and Tradeshow will be held in Ottawa in 2021 and we are currently investigating the prospect of having an Interim Meeting this fall.

Paula N. Brown, President NHPRS

Canada Research Chair & Director of Applied Research, BCIT

2018 Conference Speakers Featured in

What’s driving Innovation at the NHP/Food Interface?  Stephen Daniells, Editor-in-Chief of, interviewed four of our Keynote Speakers in advance of the 2018 NHPRS Annual Conference (Guelph, May 14-17).  Access the article below to hear their views in advance of the event, and for more information, visit the conference homepage.



Our 2018 Conference is Fast Approaching!

Our 2018 Annual Conference, Innovation at the NHP/Food Interface (Guelph, May 14-17) is fast approaching!
A reminder to register by April 20 to secure the Regular Conference Registration Rate, and book your hotel rooms by April 18 to secure the Discounted Hotel Rate. Travel information to Guelph is also available on the conference main menu, including discounted codes for airline shuttle from local airports!

Travel and Hotels for Guelph 2018

It’s time to get your travel and accommodations for the Guelph conference!  The discounted room rate expires April 13th.  We have also arranged a 10% discount from the airports to the conference venue.  Details are in our travel accommodations document.

Abstract Deadline Extended!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 15th Annual NHPRS Conference “Innovation at the NHP/Food Interface” in Guelph and we’d love to hear about your work. The deadline for submission of abstracts for oral or poster presentations has been extended to March 7th, 2018. Early bird registration rates apply until March 15th, 2018 so register now for the best value and hotel bookings are still available at a reduced rate in our room block.

Neil Towers Award Nominations

NTphotoThe Neil Towers award is given to the individual who has contributed significantly and over a period of time to the field of Natural Health Products by:

  1. Research and development activities with NHPs,
  2. Development of the regulatory, educational or commercial aspects of NHPs.

Nominations can be made by any member in good standing in NHPRS, and must be co-sponsored by a second member. Nomination files should include a brief outline of the reasons for the nomination in relation to the above criteria (0.5 page) and a short biography of the nominated individual (0.5 page). Nomination files should be sent to the Chair of the selection committee by email (Pierre Haddad) before February 15, 2018. The award will be announced at the annual general meeting.

2017 Neil Towers Awardee


Natural Health Product Policy and Regulatory Leader Michael Smith Receives NHP Research Society Neil Tower’s Award

(Vancouver, BC, May 9th, 2017). The nonprofit NHP Research Society of Canada (NHPRS) announces that Michael Smith has been selected as the recipient of its 2017 Neil Tower’s Award.

Dr. G. H. Neil Towers (1923-2004) was a botanist, an ethnobotanist, a plant chemist, a brilliant teacher and an accomplished researcher who established his scientific career first at McGill, then at the National Research Council in Halifax until 1964 when he joined UBC where he maintained an active research program as a full faculty member until 1989 and as an emeritus faculty until his death. The award honouring Neil Towers was established by the NHPRS in 2012 to honor those who have made significant contributions to natural products research, regulation and commercialization in Canada and worldwide.

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NHP Research Conference Brewery and Distillery Tour

The 2017 tour of Vancouver’s famous brewery and distillery scene was a great success!

NHPRS partnered with Canadian Craft Tours to provide a night out experiencing some of the best craft beer and spirits Vancouver has to offer!  NHPRS delegates enjoyed a break from the conference and had a great night sampling local craft beers and spirits.


2017 Waters Workshop Details Available

A NHPRS Pre-Conference Workshop

Frontiers in Natural Products Research

Monday May 8th 2017
Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront
12:00pm —3:30pm

Please join us for a seminar to learn more about innovations in natural products presented by leading scientists in the field.

Metabolomics, the final frontier for NHPs and botanical research
Professor John Arnason -University of Ottawa

Integrating metabolomics and multi-parametric bioassays for the functional profiling of natural product extracts
Professor Roger Linington – Simon Fraser University

Analytical Methodologies for Cannabis
Dr. John Coleman – Anandia Labs Lunch will be served from 12:00 – 1:00pm

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Lunch will be served from 12:00 – 1:00pm