NHPRSC Neil Towers Award lecture and AGM / Lien Zoom pour la Conférence du Prix Neil Towers et l’AGA de la SCRPSN

Date Monday December 14th 2020 1PM-4PM (EST) /Lundi 14 décembre 2020 13h à 16h HNE

Zoom meeting / Réunion Zoom:


Link to be sent to NHPRSC registered members / Hyperlien sera envoyé aux members de la SCRPSN inscrits



Neil Towers Award Lecture (1 pm EST) / Conférence du Prix Neil Towers (13h HNE)

Emma GUNS, PhD

Consultant, formerly Faculty member at UBC and Vancouver General Hospital

Consultante, précédemment professeure à UBC et à l’Hôpital général de Vancouver


Annual General Meeting (2 pm EST) / Assemblée générale annuelle (14h HNE)


1.      Outgoing President’s Report (Paula BROWN) / Rapport de la présidente sortante (Paula BROWN)

2.      Yearly Financial Report (Bob CHAPMAN) / Rapport financier annuel (Bob CHAPMAN)

3.      Incoming President’s Comments (Pierre HADDAD) / Commentaires du président entrant (Pierre HADDAD)

4.      Honouring NHPRS Interns / Reconnaissance des Bénévoles de la SCRPSN

5.      Introduction of current Board Members / Présentation des membres actuels du Conseil d’administration

6.      New Executive Team and BoD member nomination / Nouvelle équipe de direction et nomination de nouveaux membres au Conseil

7.      Journal of NHP Research Update and NHP Researcher Open Access Publishing Survey Results (Jeremy NG) / Mise à jour sur le “Journal of NHP Research” et resultats de l’enquête auprès des chercheurs sur les publications ouvertes (Jeremy NG)

8.      Announcement of 2021 NHPRS Annual Conference (Cory HARRIS) / Annonce de la Conférence annuelle 2021 de la SCRPSN (Cory HARRIS)

9.      Other business / Autres affaires



Announcement – NHPRS is offering free membership for the rest of 2020

La version francophone suit plus bas.


Dear colleagues of the NHP research community,

On behalf of the NHPRS Board of Directors, we are happy to inform you that we have decided to offer free membership for all qualified individuals who may wish to join. Please consult the membership option best suited for you in the membership section of our website to register (click here).

Since we have overhauled our membership portal to improve it, you will need to provide your personal information to register but this will then remain recorded for future membership renewals. Please register rapidly since we will soon hold a virtual event including the Neil Towers Award Lecture as well as our Annual General Meeting for you to participate in!

Stay safe and healthy! Best regards.


Cher collègues de la communauté de recherche sur les PSN,

Au nom du conseil d’administration de la SCRPSN, nous sommes heureux de vous informer de notre décision d’offrir l’abonnement gratuit pour tous les individus qualifiés. Veuillez visiter la section Abonnement de notre site web pour trouver la catégorie de membre la plus appropriée pour vous (cliquez ici).

Étant donné que nous avons mis à jour notre portail d’abonnement afin de l’améliorer, vous devrez fournir vos données personnelles. Cependant, celles-ci seront enregistrées afin de faciliter le renouvellement futur de votre abonnement. Merci de vous inscrire rapidement car nous vous préparons un bel événement virtuel, qui inclura la conférence du Prix Neil Towers ainsi que l’Assemblée générale annuelle de la Société et auquel nous vous encourageons à participer!

Prenez soin de vous! Meilleures salutations!


Pierre S. Haddad, PhD

President-elect / Président entrant

Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology / Professeur de pharmacologie et physiologie, Université de Montréal

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 (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/mass-gatherings-risk-assesment.html) 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: nhp.research.society@gmail.com

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: https://nhprs.ca/john-thor-arnason-research-award/

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 Nutraingredients.com

What’s driving Innovation at the NHP/Food Interface?  Stephen Daniells, Editor-in-Chief of Nutraingredients.com, 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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