Ikhlas A. Khan, a University of Mississippi researcher has been honored for his research leadership by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Khan, assistant director of the UM School of Pharmacy’s National Center for Natural Products Research and director of its FDA Center for Excellence in Botanicals, received the CFSAN Director’s Special Citation Award for his “outstanding leadership, dedication and teamwork in support of CFSAN’s dietary supplement and cosmetics regulatory programs.”
Khan is a nationally and internationally recognized proponent of using analytical fingerprinting to standardize herbal products and using bio-analytical approaches to improve their quality and safety. His work at NCNPR includes collaborations with the Medicinal Plant Consortium headquartered at the University of Kentucky and the Botanical Research Center at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Khan received the “Nutrition Business Journal’s” 2010 Education Award and the American Botanical Council’s 2009 Norman R. Farnsworth Botanical Research Award. In 2011, he received the Varro E. Tyler Prize from the American Society of Pharmacognosy for his career contributions to medicinal plant research, education and advocacy for plant-based medicines.
At UM, Khan also directs the U.S. efforts for the Sino-U.S. Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Center and directs the U.S. arm of the Center for Research of Indian Systems of Medicine. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a visiting professor at Soochow University, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine and Hunan University, as well as the King Saud University School of Pharmacy. He also has more than 400 original research articles, publications or reviews to his credit.
Khan has served on the advisory boards or expert panels of such organizations as the American Herbal Products Association, U.S. Pharmacopoeia, Women’s Health and Asian Traditional Medicine, Missouri Botanical Garden, American Botanical Council, AOAC International Dietary Supplement Task Force and Health Canada’s Natural Health Directorate.