Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient
Ram P. Neupane
EWC Student Affiliate
I traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark at the end of July to attend the 9th Joint Natural Products Conference. At the conference, I presented a poster on my research which describes the isolation, characterization and biological evaluation of anticancer compounds from the Hawaiian sponge Dactylospongia sp. I also had the opportunity to listen to various presentations and engage in discussions with scholars and researchers from the United States and many European countries. I was able to broaden my knowledge on the latest research being carried out in the field of natural product chemistry. This research includes finding drug leads against various targets such as viruses, bacteria, cancer cells and the like.
Outside of the conference engagements, my wife and I were able to meet with some East-West Center Alumni who generously showed us around the city of Copenhagen and took us to various historical and tourist attractions. Overall, I had a very enjoyable time in Copenhagen and I am extremely grateful to the East-West Center Alumni Association for awarding me with a grant, that made it possible to travel to Denmark.
The East-West Center Association (EWCA) and the EWCA Hawaii Chapter provided Travel Grants ($500 each) to 10 current East West Center students for the summer of 2016.