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 Robs 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 (Americas 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 McCalebs 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),
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.