Speaker at Pharma Virtual 2020 2020 - Mansureh Ghavam
Department of Range and Watershed Management, Faculty of Natural Resources and Earth Sciences, University of Kashan, Kashan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Title : An overview of RSV antiviral medicinal plants that may be key to Coronavirus


Medicinal  plants  have  traditionally  been  used  by  Iranian  scientists  such as  Ibn  Sina  and  Zakaria  Razi  to  treat  infectious diseases.  New  research  also  shows  the  antiviral  effect  of  a  group  of  medicinal  plants.  Acute  respiratory  viral  illness  is the most common infectious disease in humans. Coronavirus is also a member of a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory infections. So far, there have been few reports of children being infected, and one percent of children with the virus are under 10 years old. Since there is no preventative or curative drug for coronavirus, traditional treatments and herbs can be used in children. One of the best options in traditional medicine is medicinal plants, which have been shown to have antiviral effects in laboratory studies on similar viruses. In children, the human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV) is one of the most common airway viruses. The most common age of onset is under 2 years of age. Medicinal plants that are effective against this virus are Origanum vulgare L., Glycyrrhiza glabra L., Rosmarinus officinalis L., and Zingiber officinale Roscoe, which can be recommended for the treatment or prevention of coronavirus in children. Keywords:  RSV, Antiviral, COVID-19, Traditional medicine, Children


Mansureh Ghavam graduated from Isfahan University of Technology in Iran in 2004 with a degree in Natural Resources Engineering. She completed a PhD in field of medicinal plants at University of Tehran in 2013. Her doctoral dissertation was in the field of genetics, cytogenetics and phytochemistry of medicinal plants, which was accepted with honors. She has been officially employed by University of Kashan since 2013 and is researching the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of medicinal plants, nanotechnology of medicinal plants, and cultivation and propagation of medicinal  plants. Her first research was accepted entitled “Effects of ecological factors on the antioxidant potential and total phenol content of Scrophularia striata Boiss.” in  Scientific Reports  in November 2019. Due to this research skill, she now has a partnership agreement with the University of Cagliari