Strategies for the Discovery and Development of Anti-Diabetic Drugs from the Natural Products of Traditional Medicines

Ji-Ming Ye1, Stanley M.H.1

1Molecular Pharmacology for Diabetes Group, Health Innovation Research Institute and School of Health Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.


This review discusses issues largely from the biological point of view about the targeted approaches for the use of natural products for the discovery of anti-diabetic drugs in collaboration with medicinal chemists and computer-aided drug design. A major thrust of this review reflects the collaborative research of four institutions: RMIT University (Australia), Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Australia), Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica of the Chinese Academy of Science (China) and Sun-Yat Sen University (China) in the past eight years. By joining forces of biomedical research in diabetes and medicinal chemistry with a focus on traditional medicine, they are trying to bridge the West (the latest research discoveries in biomedical research) with the East (traditional medicine) to step forward in drug discovery from natural products.

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J Pharm Pharm Sci, 16 (2): 207-216, 2013

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