UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Dr. Nadja Cech

Dr. Nadja Cech received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Unraveling Immunostimulatory and Immunosuppressive Effects of Echinacea purpurea.” Echinacea constitutes a greater percentage of the multibillion dollar US dietary supplements industry than any other herbal medicines, with annual sales of more than $100 million, the abstract notes. “A major goal of this project is to develop methods to produce Echinacea extracts with consistent, high anti-inflammatory activity. In so doing, we also seek to address a confounding factor in Echinacea research, which is that some immunostimulatory compounds may be produced by bacterial endophytes – microbes living asymptomatically within the Echinacea plant.”