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Dr Barbara Pendry

Programme Leader and Principal Lecturer Herbal Medicine

    Dr Pendry is an Herbal Medicine Practitioner with a PhD in Phytotherapy involving the investigation and identification of antioxidant activity in a small selection of medicinal plants traditionally used in the treatment of chronic age-related diseases. Her particular interest in the treatment of Cancer with Complementary therapies and mental health has evolved from her previous work as a practitioner with Barnet Cancer Care and as a Mental Health Act Manager for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust.  She has responsibility for the leadership of the blended learning BSc in Herbal Medicine and public access Herbal Medicine clinic at UEL.

    Dr Pendry is a member of the Medicines Research Group at UEL whose current focus is on the quality and efficacy of herbal medicines. 

    She is a member of the government’s Herbal Medicine Advisory Committee and Editor-In Chief of the Journal of Herbal Medicine



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    Pendry, B, Busia K, Bell CM. (2005) ‘Phytochemical evaluation of selected antioxidant-containing medicinal plants for use in the preparation of a herbal formula- a preliminary study’ Chemistry and Biodiversity, vol. 2, p 917-922

    Pendry, B, Busia K, Bell CM. (2006) ‘Phytochemical analysis of the antioxidant properties of Silybum marianum L’ Oriental Pharmacy and Experimental Medicine 6(3), 167-173.

    Sanchez-Medina, A., Etheridge, C., Hawkes, G.E., Hylands, P.J., Pendry, B.A., Hughes, M.J., Corcoran, O. (2007). ‘Comparison of rosmarinic acid content in commercial tinctures produced from fresh and dried lemon balm (Melissa Officinalis). Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 10(4): 455-463.

    Jiayo Gao, Alberto Sanchez-Medina, Barbara A. Pendry, Michael J. Hughes, Geoffrey P. Webb and Olivia Corcoran. (2008). ‘Validation of a HPLC method for flavonoid biomarkers in skullcap (Scutellaria) and its use to illustrate wide variability in the quality of commercial tinctures. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science 11(1): 77-87.



    Antioxidant activity of Medicinal plants particularly in relation to their propensity to inhibit lipid peroxidation.
    Analysis of Herbal Medicines and plant materials in regard to quality control, efficacy and safety
    Materia Medica and Herbal therapeutics
    Botanical treatment of Cancer
    Mental Health - psychiatric disorders and the pharmacological treatment of mental illness.



    BSc Herbal Medicine
    BSc Pharmaceutical Science
    BSc Biomedical Science
    BSc Pharmacology
    Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists
    Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists
    External Examiner for the University of Bedfordshire (Foundation degree complementary therapy)
    Member of the MHRA's 'Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee'