Has anyone in the country ever carried out research on herbs? Has anyone researched on the local 'Ulam Pegaga', 'Pucuk Pawas' and 'Bunga Kunyit'? Has anyone studied them so far?""In fact, Bruneians have eaten them for hundreds of years, but until today, our people have not conducted scientific research on the content and nutritional values of these delicacies. This is just a small example, but poses greater challenges to us"
Titah of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, UBD Chancellor23th UBD Convocation, 2011
Researchers realised that many of these valuable natural resources are still left undiscovered and hence inspire them to venture into this area. Various natural product research activities are ongoing. Amongst them are extraction and isolation of novel compounds, determination of various biological and pharmacological studies in vitro and in vivo.
From 1 September 2018 until 31 August 2019, Dk Dr Nurolaini Pg Haji Muhd Kifli from PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences have been appointed as the Research Lead and Chair of the Herbal Group Research Committee for UBD. Holding this role, she is responsible to enhance the research objectives for the group including planning and development of this group, promote key research areas and avenues and opportunities to extend the research and publication output of staff.
To be a global partner in Herbal Drug Discovery Research and Development (R & D) based on local medicinal plants
* To evaluate herbs and their products for equality, safety and efficacy as therapeutic agents.* To test herbal extracts for their biological and pharmacological activities.* To develop up to 2 health products derived from natural resources/herbs.