Elsevier publishes groundbreaking book by Chinese Nobel laureate on the discovery and development of life-saving antimalarial agents

One of nine new pharmaceutical sciences book, “From Artemisia annua L. to Artemisinins” was written by Youyou Tu, who discovered artemisinin and dihydroartemisinin

Cambridge, MA, August 8, 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, today announced the publication of From Artemisia annua L. to Artemisinins: The Discovery and Development of Artemisinins and Antimalarial Agents by Chinese Nobel laureate Youyou Tu. It is the first book that systematically introduces the origin and development of artemisinine and artemisinine-based drugs. One of nine new pharmaceutical science books, From Artemisia annua L. to Artemisinins will be a valuable reference work for both researchers involved in the medical industry and scholars who are interested in undertaking innovative research.

From Artemisia annua L. to Artemisinins presents a full view of artemisinin including chemical structure, chemical properties, extracting mode, derivatives, chromogenic reaction, general pharmacological, and toxicology. It features a large amount of experimental data, such as the X-ray crystallography result—the first application reported in China in determining the absolute molecular configuration utilizing the scattering effects of oxygen atoms by X-ray diffraction technique.

Learn more about the use of Artemisia annua L. in traditional Chinese medicine in the introduction to the book.

Youyou Tu is a Chinese pharmaceutical chemist and educator. She is best known for discovering artemisinin (also known as Qinghaosu) and dihydroartemisinin, which saved millions of lives in the treatment of malaria. Her discovery of artemisinin is regarded as a significant breakthrough of tropical medicine in the 20th century and health improvement for people of tropical developing countries in South Asia, Africa, and South America. For her work, Tu received the 2011 Lasker Award in clinical medicine and the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura. She is the first Chinese Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine and the first citizen of the People's Republic of China to receive the Nobel Prize in natural sciences, as well as the first Chinese person to receive the Lasker Award. She was born, educated and carried out her research exclusively in China.

The nine new pharmaceutical sciences titles are:

In order to meet content needs in pharmaceutical sciences, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topics. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books, which will educate the next generation of pharmaceutical scientists, and provide critical foundational content for information professionals, are key examples of how Elsevier is enabling science to drive innovation.

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