During his career he had many national collaborations and in particular cooperation with European researchers from Belgium, Switzerland and Austria, which had a great impact in his research applying chemometrics to explore natural products, including into areas related to theoretical considerations of how natural products are positioned in the overall chemical space (Eur. J. Med. Chem. 2019;166:1). Dr. Klein Junior also explores pharmacological topics related to tropical medicinal plants, in particular alkaloids, as also exemplified by his funding and studies on the genus Psychotria. He developed new alkaloid extraction/fractionation methods using Design of Experiments as well as an evaluation method based on chemometrics.
It is a great honour for the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research and our personal pleasure to bestow Dr. Luiz Carlos Klein Júnior with the Egon Stahl Award in Silver in 2021.
On behalf of the entire Board of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA) – Judith M. Rollinger (president), Anna-Rita Bilia and Michael Heinrich (vice presidents), Olaf Kelber and Bernd Roether (ExCo members).
The award ceremony will take place in the opening session at the annual GA conference on September 6, 2021. All GA members as well as guests from all societies and people dedicated to natural product research are highly welcome. For more information please visit the conference homepage.
In 2008 Dr. Luiz Carlos Klein Júnior got the degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Universidade Feevale, Brazil; in 2011 he obtained the Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Universidade do Vale do Itajaí, Brazil. In 2016 he got the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (summa cum laude) in the framework of a joint project between the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). Tutors were Prof. Amélia T. Henriques and Prof. Yvan Vander Heyden, while the title of the project: „The use of chemometric tools to study indole alkaloids from species of Palicoureeae (Psychotrieae sensu lato) tribe: a source of multifunctional scaffolds aiming the inhibition of enzymes related to neurodegenerative disorders.
He was then appointed as a postdoctoral scientist and, in 2017, as a professor of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemical Analysis at the Universidade do Vale do Itajaí, Brazil. He is currently the Coordinator of the Bachelor of Pharmacy Course at UNIVALI.
Dr. Klein-Junior has published so far over 40 papers in mostly peer reviewed international journals, including J. Chromatogr. A., J. Nat Prod., Eur.J. Med. Chem.,
Phytochem. Rev., Planta Med. and TrAC.
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