In Memorial of Herbal Medicine Activist

Tropical Bio-pharmaceutical Study Center (Trop BRC) of the Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM) of Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) held "In Memorial of Prof Dr. Ir. Latifah K. Darusman, MS (IMLD)", on Tuesday (5/4), in the Auditorium Toyib Hadiwijaya, Faculty of Agriculture, IPB, Darmaga campus of IPB Bogor. This is aimed to commemorate and continue the ideals and spirit of the late Prof. Latifah in the bio-pharmaceutical field including the traditional herbal medicines in Indonesia for the advancement and welfare of the nation and state of Indonesia.

IMLD committee chairman, Prof. Dr. Dyah Iswantini, a professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MIPA) of IPB, said Prof. Latifah is the founder of the Center for Bio-pharmaceutical Studies (PSB) of LPPM in 1998, and at the same time became the Head of The Center from 1998 to 2014. Further, she served as Head of the Division of Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry of IPB and as an Advisory Board of the Trop BRC in 2014-2016. "She was a mother, a leader, activist and a great protector in struggling for herbal remedies at national and international level," she said.

Outstanding achievements of Prof. Latifah among others were the collaboration with the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs that resulted in a joint declaration that "Jamu” (Traditional Herbal Medicines) is a brand of Indonesia", holding "a Resurrection of Indonesian Herbs”, organizing "The First International Symposium on Curcuma (ISTI)" in collaboration with the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare, the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM), Yonsei University of Korea and the Association of Herbal Medicine Manufacturers. Prof. Latifah also initiated the National Seminar on Cultural Aspects, Policies and Philosophy of Science of Traditional Herbal Medicine, in the Herbal Medicine workshop Informatics.

Rector of IPB, Prof. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto said IPB lost a figure of models, educators, researchers, devotees, energetic and passionate and dedicated to the advancement of science of traditional herbal medicine. "Prof Latifah was consistently engaged in activities that are very important in fostering young teachers, developed networks, and formulated assessments that are very important for the development of herbal medicines in our homeland," said Rector.

Prof. Latifah was born in Kuningan, West Java on August 24, 1953, died on November 5, 2016. Present for this event were Chairman of IPB's Board of Trustees (BoT) Prof. Dr. M. A Chozin; Chairman of IPB's Board of Professors (DGB) IPB, Prof. Dr. Muh. Yusram Massijaya; Head of LPPM Dr. Prastowo; deans, vice-deans, Heads of the Departments, Heads of the Center, professors, researchers, and educators of IPB. (Mtd)

Published Date : 06-Apr-2017

Resource Person : Prof. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto , Prof. Dr. Dyah Iswantini

Keyword : In Memorial of Herbal Medicine Activist