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He was the 2005 recipient of the Phytochemical Society of Europe Award for Phytochemistry, the 2012 Pharmanex Prize and was a Fellow of The Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health. In 2010 he was appointed to the Home Office Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) as the Chemistry Council member and is Chairman of the ACMD's Novel Psychoactive Substances Work Group (NPSWG) which is tasked to look at the area of 'legal high' Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS). From 2010-2012 he was a member of the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory products Agency (MHRA) Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee (HMAC). He is a member of the Governing Council of the College of Medicine and from 2010-2016 is Vice President and President of the Phytochemical Society of Europe.
His research interests are on the isolation and structure elucidation of bioactive natural products from plants and 'legal-high' drugs of abuse.
He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Phytochemistry Letters, and currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the book series Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products (“Zechmeister”; Springer Verlag, Vienna) and is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Natural Product Reports, Planta Medica, Phytochemistry Reviews, Phytochemical Analysis, Phytotherapy Research, Fitoterapia, Pharmaceutica Scientia and Chinese Journal of Natural Medicine.