45th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy

In September 7-10 we attended the works of the 45th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy organized in Milan by the International Society for the History of Pharmacy. The 2022 edition was entitled ”Health, Beauty and Well-being in the History of Pharmaceutical Art”, but the presentations and posters covered a wide array of sub-topics. Dr. Ana-Maria Gruia has presented the PHARMATRANS project and its results so far, has taken part in other presentations, has viewed and documented the scientific posters and has become acquainted with representatives of significant pharmacy-related institutions in Europe, especially from the German-speaking areas. The most promising collaboration is that with members of a Polish research team led by Dr. Jakub Węglorz from the Historical Institute of Wrocław. Based on the preliminary discussions, we will also send materia medica samples to Poland for analysis, at the Department of Pharmacognosy and Herbal Medicines of the Wroclaw Medical University. These investigations might provide complementary data due to the use of a different analysis technique, focusing on non-volatile compounds, and a database with raw pharmaceutical substances.