Born 26.3.1937 in Dresden Prof. Dr. Gerhard Franz obtained his Diploma and Approbation as Pharmacist from the University of Karlsruhe/Germany (1963) and his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) as a fellow of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) at the University of Fribourg/ Switzerland (1966) in Biology/Analytical Phytochemistry working on structural analysis of high molecular weight polysaccharides. As a postdoctoral fellow with a fellowship of the 'Schweizer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaften' he carried out research at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California/Berkeley with Professor Dr. Z. Hassid. He was appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland (1970) and as Full Professor at the University of Regensburg, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Regensburg/Germany in 1977 until today. He obtained Guest Professorships at he University of Basel/Switzerland and the University of Grenoble/France. Prof. Franz is author of more than 250 scientific papers in the area of carbohydrate chemistry/biochemistry, natural product analysis, pharmacology of natural products and quality of Herbal Medicinal Products (HMP's). His research was recognised by the award of the first EGON STAHL Medal (1985), the KNEIPP-Award (1994), The H. THOMS Award of the DPhG (2003). He is corresponding member of many scientific Societies such as the Belgian Medical Association and the Académie Francaise de Pharmacie. Prof. Franz is editor and co-editor of several scientific journals. He was appointed as chairman of the Group of Experts (European Council) for the European Pharmacopoeia and the German Pharmacopoeia. From 1994 until 1998 he acted as President of the Gesellschaft für Arzneipflanzenforschung (Society for Medicinal Plant Research) and is still an active member of Commission E of the German Government.
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