Personal HistoryDr. Henry Lowe is a medicinal chemist, health educator, entrepreneur and author who has made, and continues to make, major contributions to national, regional and international developments particularly in the health sciences where he is making groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.
For his contribution to science and technology, Dr. Lowe was awarded, in 1982, one of Jamaica's highest honours, the Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD). He has also won other awards including the Institute of Jamaica Centenary Medal (1979) for contributions to Science and Technology, the Award for Excellence from the Jamaican Society of Scientists and Technologists, the Herbert Humphrey Fellowship for Science and Technology and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Citation for his contribution to Environmental Development.
Few persons are aware that it was Dr. Lowe and Professor Manley West who started the work on the medicinal use of Ganja (Cannabis) in Jamaica, back in the late 1970s. This may be due to the fact that Dr. Lowe spent most of his time between the years 1980 and 2000 away from the laboratory and leading projects and programmes in energy management while establishing Science and Technology as a key basis for development planning by the Jamaican government for people of Jamaica.
In recent years, however, Dr. Lowe has returned to the laboratory, with the entrepreneur in him looking beyond just research and discovery to using Science and Technology for wealth creation. In 2001, he resumed his research and experimentation with Tillandsia recurvata (Ball Moss), a plant endemic to Jamaica, investing much time, effort and money in a venture that he felt would result in the discovery of the cure for cancer.
Lowe H.I.C, (January 1968). Isolation Characterization and Biological Activities of Metabolites of a Cylindrocarpon Species. Australian & New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (A.N.Z.A.A.S) Congress, Christchruch, New Zealand
Coombs, Lowe, Watson (1972). Chromone and Naphthoquinone Metabolites from a Cylindrocarpon Species. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 25, 875-9
Lowe HIC. Jamaican folk medicine. Jamaica Journal 1972; 6: 20â?"4.
Lockhart, A.B., Lowe, H., West, M., (1977). The potential use of cannabis sativa in Ophthalmology. West Indian Medical Journal, XXVI, 66.
Lowe HIC. From folklore to super-medicine: periwinkle. Jamaica Journal 1977; 11: 46â?"8.
Morrison, E.Y. St. A., Lowe, H., (1979). Isolation and Characteristics of a Branched Chain Keto Acid-Decarboxylase from Rat Liver. Proceedings, 5th International Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Mental Deficiency. Israel, Jerusalem. August 1-7.
Lowe, H., (1979). Investigation of the Hypoglycaemic effects of Eryngium foetidium. 1st Annual Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Conference. College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), Jamaica.
Williams, P., Bharaj, B.S., Gardener, W., Morrison, E. Y. St. A., Lowe, H., (1995). Serum Cholinesterase in the Jamaican Population. Jamaican Journal of Science and Technology 6, 6-10.
Morrison, E.Y. St. A., Lowe, H., (1995). Overview for Workshop on Diabetes Peculiar to Tropics: International Workshop on Types of Diabetes Peculiar to Tropics, Cuttack, India, October 17-19, p. 314
Tolan, I., Ragoobirsingh, D., Morrison, E.Y. St. A., Lowe, H., (1997). In Vivo Studies of the Effects of Capsaicin on Blood Glucose Levels and Insulin Binding using Dog Models. Proceedings 16th IDF Congress, July 20-25, Helsinki, 954, A243.
Lowe H, Mansingh A. Jamaica's Ethnomedicine: Its potential in the health care system. Proc. International Symposium. Utilization of natural products in developing countries: trends and needs, Natural Products Institute, July 10-14, UWI, Mona, Kingston. 2001: 47-52.
Omoruyi, F.O., McAnuff, M.A., Morrison, E. Y. St. A., Asemota, H.N., Lowe, H., (2002). Effects of some Diascorea Preparations on Lipid Levels in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats. 2nd International Conference of Natural Products, National University of Singapore, Proceedings p 43.
Morrison, E. Y. St. A., Lowe, H., (2002). Hypoglycemic Effects of some Jamaican Plants. 2nd International Conference of Natural Products, National University of Singapore, Proceedings p 50.
Lindo, R.L., Morrison, E. Y. St. A., Nair, M., Lowe, H., (2002), A Comparison of the Hypoglycaemic Effects of SITOST-4-EN-3-ONE and SITOST-4-EN-3OL from Anacardium Occidentale (Cashew). 2nd International Conference of Natural Products, National University of Singapore, Proceedings p51.
E.Y. St. A. Morrison, Lowe. H., (2002). Hypoglycaemic effects of some Jamaican Plants, 2nd International Conference on Natural Products, National University of Singapore, July1-4, p 50.
Lowe, H., Smith, R., Campbell, N., Morrison, E.Y. St. A., (2002) Lead Pollution and Amelioration Measures in the Community of Frazers Content, St. Catherine, Jamaica, WI Med. J., 51, No 3, p 160-163
Mansingh, A., Young, R., Yee, T., Delgoda, R., Robinson, D.W., Morrison, E.Y. St. A., Lowe, H., eds., (2002), Utilization of Natural Products in Developing Countries: Trends and Needs. University Printery, UWI, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica
Lowe, H., Wilkins, N., Morrison, E.Y. St. A., (2003). Whither Medical Marijuana, WI. Med. J. 52, (1), 49-51.
Lowe, H., (2003). Evaluation of the Bioactivity of two Psychotria Spp. Bi-Annual Conference of Caribbean Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Researchers, St Kitts.
Lowe, H. (2003) Developing an Export Herb Industry-The Jamaican Model: A Viable & Sustainable Means of Development. In: Advancing Caribbean Herbs in the 21st Century. Proceedings of the Sixth International Workshop on Herbal Medicine in the Caribbean. Clement, Y.N. ed. The Caribbean Association of Researchers and Herbal Practitioners (CARAPA) & IICA on June 27-29, 2003 at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago. Pg. 14-17.
Lowe, H. I. C. (2006). The Importance of Standardizing our Caribbean Herbal Industry. The Caribbean Pharmacist. 66 (1): 18-20.
Lowe, H.I.C., Bahado-Singh, P., Wheatley, A., Asemota, H., (2010). The impact of bioactive principles from Ball Moss (Tillandsia recurvata sp.) on diabetes. 16th Annual International University Diabetes Outreach Programme, March 25 - 28, 2010, St. Ann, Jamaica.
N.S. Gardner, A.O. Wheatley, P.S. Bahado-Singh, W. De La Haye, H. Lowe, M.H. Ahmad, A. Salako and H. N. Asemota (2010). The effects of nutritional supplements on reduced craving and reduced hepatotoxicity following chronic cocaine dependence.
P.S. Bahado-Singh, A.O. Wheatley, H. Lowe, J. Bryant, H. N. Asemota, and E.Y.St.A Morrison (2010) Marijuana, Smoking and Diabetes . Proceedings of the UWI Diabetes Outreach Project (UDOP) 16th International Conference, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. March 25-28. West Indian Med J 2010; 59 (Suppl. 1): 34.
H. Lowe, P.S. Bahado-Singh, A.O. Wheatley, H.N. Asemota, J. Bryant and E.Y.St.A Morrison (2010). The impact of bioactive principles from Ball Moss (Tillandsia recurvata sp.) on diabetes. Proceedings of the UWI Diabetes Outreach Project (UDOP) 16th International Conference, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. March 25-28. West Indian Med J 2010; 59 (Suppl. 1): 34.
De La Haye, W., Gardner, N., Luke, K., Wheatley, A.O., Bahado-Singh P.S., Lowe, H., Ahmad, M., Salako, A., and Asemota, H. (2010) The use of Nutritional Supplements in reducing craving associated with cocaine dependence. Proceedings from the 2nd International Conference on Drug Discovery and Therapy (ICDDT). Dubai Mens College, UAE. February 1-4.
Gardner, N., Wheatley, A.O., Bahado-Singh, P.S, Dilworth, L., De La Haye, W., Lowe, H., Salako, A. and Asemota, H. (2009) The effects of nutritional supplements in the reduction of hepatocellular oxidative damage associated with cocaine dependence. Proceedings from the Faculty of Medical Sciences 18th Annual Research Conference and Workshop on Child Health: From the Womb to Adolescence. University Hospital of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica; November 11 - 13
Gardner, N.S., Wheatley, A.O., Bahado-Singh, P.S., McGrowder, D., De La Haye, W., Lowe, H., Salako, A., Morrison, E.Y.St.A, and Asemota, H.N. (2008) Nutritional supplements in the treatment (secondary prevention) of alcohol and illicit drug dependence: mechanism of action in animal models. Proceedings of the UWI Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences Eighth Conference. February 26-28.
De La Haye, W.G., Gardner, Luke, K.J., N.S., Wheatley, A.O., Bahado-Singh, P.S., Lowe, H., Ahmad, M.H., Salako, A., Asemota, H.N. (2010) The use of Nutritional Supplements in Reducing Craving Associate with Cocaine Dependence. 2nd International Conference on Drug Discovery & Therapy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates-February 1-4, 2010.
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