REA:Life

Rediscovery of medicinal plant usage in the “Age of Exploration”: From cultural historical heritage to innovative pharmaceuticals

medicinal herbs

REA:Life is an interdisciplinary natural and cultural sciences project that traces the prevalence of disease and the history of societies’ increasing awareness of epidemiological disease during the Age of Exploration (15th - 18th century).

Our aim is to retrieve lost medicinal knowledge and to identify novel bioactive compounds using the latest methods in pharmacology, immunology and metagenomics.

Hugo de Boer

Hugo de Boer
Natural History Museum
 
 

Line Esborg

Line Esborg
Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages
 

Kari Tvete Inngjerdingen

Kari Tvete Inngjerdingen
Department of Pharmacy
 

Marit Inngjerdingen

Marit Inngjerdingen
Institute of Clinical Medicine
 

Anneleen Kool

Anneleen Kool
Natural History Museum
 
 

Latest news

  • unmowed-meadow Field Work June 3, 2020

    Despite the current situation surrounding Covid-19, REA:Life researchers are still able to meet up for socially-distanced plant gathering expeditions (and additionally enjoy the incredible local weather).

  • coffee Supervision Café Apr. 16, 2020

    Our REA:Life network had it first supervision café today. Unfortunately, we couldn't meet in real life but thanks to technology we had a very successful online meeting.

  • warship REA:Life kick-off meeting Jan. 9, 2020

    The realization of the REA:Life kick-off meeting is a major milestone in the project. It is an excellent opportunity to get to know each other and it marks the start of our research journey together.

Acknowledgements

This website is part of the REA:Life convergence environment, an interdisciplinary research network that addresses major challenges in health and environment. It is funded by UiO's interdisciplinary initiative UiO:Life Science www.uio.no/life-science.