Board of Directors

The Apiceutical Research Centre has been established as a not-for-profit social enterprise. It’s work is guided by a number of highly qualified academics and entrepreneurs who are committed to the principles and aims of the organisation.

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James Fearnley

Despite training as a lawyer James Fearnley has spent the last 30 years involved with researching and manufacturing natural medicines derived from both from the beehive and from plants. For the last 20 years he has focussed on trying to understand the remarkable properties of propolis, a resinous product used by the bee to keep the hive free from infection.

Over this period he has carried out research at the universities of Oxford, Manchester, Strathclyde York and Bradford and has published a number of peer reviewed articles. He is author of Bee Propolis: Natural Healing from the Hive and Propolis in Oral Healthcare with Dr. Phil Wander.

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Dr Dave Watson

Dr Dave Watson has worked in the fields of mass spectrometry and chromatography for nearly 40 years. He has applied these techniques to a wide range of problems in the fields of natural products analysis and clinical chemistry. In the last ten years he has focused on metabolomics and was the local organiser for the 2013 Metabolomics conference in Glasgow.

He has worked on propolis for the last eleven years and is particularly interested in its activity against infectious diseases which are prevalent in the developing world.

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Prof Anant Paradkar

Prof Anant Paradkar is the current Director of the Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science at Bradford University. He is a highly experienced natural product researcher and formulator, with special interest in the health promoting benefits of Turmeric and Propolis.

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Vassya Bankova

Vassya Bankova obtained her PhD in Natural Product Chemistry at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia. She has worked as a guest-researcher at the Ruhr University – Bochum, the University of Saarland, Saarbruecken, the Bandeirante University, Sao Paulo, and the Institute of Molecules of Biological Interest, Naples. In 2004 she became full professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, where she is now head of Lab “Chemistry of Natural Substances”.

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Janko Bozic

Janko Božič teaches several courses in the field of animal behaviour and beekeeping at the University of Lublijana. His research is focused on honeybee physiology related to the different behaviour stages. That includes basic investigations of social communication as well related topics with beekeeping technology and bee products. Part of that are also investigation of behaviour and physiological background of collection and processing of the materials for different kind of bee products, including propolis.

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Hugo Fearnley

Hugo Fearnley is a Director of Nature’s Laboratory, a leading herbal medicine and apiceuticals company. Originally training in languages and with experience in the charity sector, Hugo is particularly interested in the potential of beekeeping and apiceuticals as a tool for social and economic development. Hugo is focussed on developing the Bee Pharma Africa project and was recently awarded a Churchill Travelling Fellowship to begin this work.

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Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown is CEO of CC Pollen a leading refiner and manufacturer of bee products in America based in Phoenix Arizona.

Bruce carries his father's – Royden Brown - enthusiasm for the potential of Bee Products believing as Royden did that bee products have a huge contribution to make to human health. Royden Brown- founder of the company was responsible for bringing the remarkable properties of pollen to the wider world. His Books include The Bee Product Bible and The Worlds Only Perfect Food.

Bruce learnt the art of beekeeping at an early age and has developed an international business researching, refining, manufacturing and marketing bee products all over the world.

He is a member and regular contributor to the Organic Beekeepers Association which every year in Oracle Arizona to review ways in which we can continue to benefit from bee products through sustainable beekeeping.

Bruce has a deep interest in native American culture and is an accomplished poet as well a regular long-distance runner.

Stefan Stangaciu MD

Stefan Stangaciu

Stefan Stangaciu is a medical doctor who has devoted most of his life to developing and supporting Apitherapy – the therapeutic use of bee products.

He is an active teacher and broadcaster, writing and delivering courses and talks on Apitherapy round the world bringing to Apitherapy a level of medical recognition to this age old but medicine.

He is Secretary General of the International Federation of Apitherapy and has founded / co-founded chaired or been a board member of many Apitherapy Associations including those in America, Germany, and in his home country Romania where he has been very influential.

Publications include: Soft Healing Through Bee Products, Gentle Healing with Honey, Propolis and Beeswax and Good Health with the Bees.