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Global Health and Wealth from Medicinal Plants

The International Phytomedicine and Medical Cannabis Institute (IPI) is a premier global health and development collaboration initiative focused on research and development, commercializing and education on evidence-based phytomedicines. The institute involves faculty from the world's leading institutions, industry partners and other stakeholders collaborating to convert medicinal plants from the farm to the bedside of patients or populations across the world. 
Because the initiative involves stakeholders from different institutions, the information on this website does not reflect the views of any one institution. Instead, the IPI provides an open platform where anyone interested in phytomedicines can participate, or submit medicinal plants or products for study or quality assurance and education.  Phytomedicines are used by billions across the world. The Institute is the first in the world to focus on integrating phytomedicines for global health and development. Join the growing collaboration movement  to leverage phytomedicines for global health and wealth.

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Leading-edge R&D for the highest quality products from plants including medical cannabis
The IPI conducts cutting edge research, with product quality assurance at the highest level cross-validated at the world's leading institutions.

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Education and Training by experts from the worlds best institutions
The IPI offers continuous education with certificate programs, building capacity from farm (agriculture) through bench (lab/research) to bedside (patients)


Care and Outreach

Consultation on evidence-based phytomedicines with continuous win-win collaboration outreach with industry, government and over 800 million phytomedicine stakeholders

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IPI Research Fellowships program launched

January 1 2022

Applications are invited for Global Health Catalyst (GHC) visiting Faculty Fellowships and Research fellowships beginning July 1, 2022. These fellowships are available to support outstanding faculty or Fellows whose teaching and research focus is on global oncology, or phytomedicines.Fellows will be supported to work with faculty at different world-leading institutions. Learn more and apply here

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IPI Football Legend Calvin Johnson inducted in the hall of fame

August 8, 2021

Calvin Johnson is a name that resonates with football fans across the world. The former Detroit Lions wide receiver, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021 in his first year of eligibility and inducted in 2021. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to ever grace the gridiron. Known as “Megatron” for his physical and athletic prowess, Johnson dominated the game with his record-breaking achievements, his impact on the game, and his character on and off the field   Learn more

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IPI Scientists at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania publish on Phytoradiotherapy

Feb 8, 2021

Phyto, or plant-based, medicines offer a way to add to radiation treatment, while also protecting patients from its toxic side effects, as highlighted in new publication by Scientists.  Learn more

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IPI Scientists Isolate hemoglobin from a Justicia plane

January 25, 2020

Isolated extracts from Justicia (family Acanthanceae) plant leaves used in Africa as remedy for anemia are found to contain significant amounts of hemoglobin potentially justifying their used for anemia treatment and opening up major new doors for research in developing a blood substitute

IPI to partner with the Jamaican Government for global health and economic development

October 1, 2019

A local phytomedicine and cannabis institute will be established in short order to explore Jamaica’s vast botanical resources and validate the country’s medicinal plants for safety, efficacy, and dosage in clinical use. This will be done in collaboration with the IPI.

IPI Scientists show that flavonoids from cannabis significantly prolong survival in animals with pancreatic cancer

August, 21, 2019

Like most plants, cannabis contains chemical substances called flavonoids. IPI scientists working at  Harvard’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute found that a specific cannabis flavonoid, FBL-03G, has major potential in treating pancreatic cancer. I cancer cells. The findings were published in the journal Frontiers on Oncology in July 2019

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A revolutionary Institute is launched

June 1, 20219

The IPI is launched during the 2019 Global Health Catalyst summit at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. Participants at launch included leading scientists and healthcare professionals, government leaders, and NFL players including legend Calvin Johnson (Megatron)

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Top Discoveries of the Decade

April 12, 2025

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Exciting Findings at International Phytomedicine and Medical Cannabis Institute

April 12, 2025

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