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Robert S. McCaleb
HRF Founder and President

Rob McCaleb is founder and president of the Herb Research Foundation (HRF) in Boulder, CO, an internationally recognized research and education organization dedicated to providing facts on the health benefits of herbs. HRF has more than 250,000 scientific studies and references on file covering thousands of herbs used in foods, dietary supplements, medicines and cosmetics.  Under Rob’s direction, HRF tracks the scientific study of these plants throughout the world, providing the latest research information to scientists, doctors, the media and public. Its goal is to support and encourage herb research and education, and to promote responsible and informed herb use.

Rob has more than 20 years’ experience in botanical research and business. He was Research Director for Celestial Seasonings (America’s largest herbal tea company) for 13 years and served on the Board of Directors of the American Herbal Products Association and Herb Trade Association. He was one of five scientists appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels. Rob has also served as an advisor to U.S. Congress, the Office of Technology Assessment, the Office of Dietary Supplements, the Office of Alternative Medicine and other federal and state agencies. He has educated hundreds of doctors and pharmacists through Harvard and Columbia Medical Schools’ programs and other Continuing Medical Education programs.

Rob lectures and writes widely on medicinal plants. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of popular and scientific publications, including HerbalGram, Herbs for Health, Natural Health, and Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and is co-author of The Encyclopedia of Popular Herbs (Prima Publishing, 2000). Educated in Cellular Biology and Botany at the University of Texas and University of Colorado, he is currently a PhD candidate in ethnobotany at Union Institute. His international work has involved development of herbs as cash crops and medicinal resources throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe since 1980, including projects for U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Some of Rob McCaleb’s recent invited lectures include:

         10-14 October 2001 - Expo East, Washington, DC

         1-5 August 2001 - Wilderness Medicine Society, Big Sky, MT

         20-21 July 2001 - International Herb Association (keynote speaker), Portland, OR

         17-30 June 2001 - Rutgers University International Training Program

         12-14 June 2001 -Expo Europe Conference

         Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons: Botanical Medicine in Modern Clinical Practice Conference, New York, NY. May 21-25, 2001. “Botanical Medicine: Types and Evaluation of Evidence.”


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