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ACMAP Conference

Special Announcement

  • Postponed - New Date To Be Announced
  • Upon thoughtful consideration of the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), particularly in the New York metropolitan area, the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants (ACMAP) has postponed the 10th Annual Conference that was scheduled for June 24-27 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, until further notice. We will update you when a new date for the conference has been scheduled. For those of you who have registered or submitted abstracts, we will contact you concerning refunds or rescheduling. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to you and thank you for understanding. We look forward to hosting a successful conference in the near future.

10th Annual

ACMAP Conference

  • June 24 - 27, 2020
  • Abstract submission and early registration deadline: March 31, 2020

This year’s meeting with a focus on the scientific  advances in several health and nutritional areas including the newly emerging field of hemp and medicinal cannabis.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

New Brunswick, NJ

Science of Natural Products: From Discovery to Translational Applications

Human, animal and plant health and food security remain among the greatest challenges for societies around the globe. Natural products and medicinally active plants can contribute significantly to the improvement of health. The 10th annual conference of the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants (ACMAP) invites you to join us to share experiences, scientific studies and lessons from lab and field discovery to illustrate the latest advances in scientific knowledge that can be used to impact and transform the lives of others in our country and in developing countries.

This year’s meeting will focus on the scientific advances in several health and nutritional areas including the new emerging field of hemp and medicinal cannabis. Let this meeting be a forum where we come together to reflect on both basic and applied research and development activities that demonstrate how the application of science can and does make a difference to communities and society. We invite you to present your research either as an oral presentation and/or as a poster. We also invite all those contributing papers to submit their work as full papers for consideration as a publication in the Journal of Medicinally Active Plants (JMAP). Registration fee includes your annual registration dues in ACMAP as well as refreshments during the annual meeting.

The annual conference of ACMAP began at Rutgers 10 years ago. Now, we come together as researchers, scientists, industry, academia, government and students to cultivate ideas and share new technologies that can foster stronger understanding for the underlying mechanisms of action of natural products in human health. These interactions will contribute to the development of improved genetic materials and more effective ways of identifying lead candidates and evaluating their safety and efficacy.

We look forward to seeing you at Rutgers.

Jim Simon
Your 2020 Host
  • Guest Speakers
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Jim Simon, Ph.D.

Rutgers University, New Jersey

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Giulio M. Pasinetti, M.D.

Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York

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Ilya Raskin, Ph.D.

Rutgers University, New Jersey

Conference 9

Anait S. Levenson, M.D., Ph.D.

Long Island University, New York

Conference 11

Sun-Ok Lee, Ph.D

University of Arkansas, Arkansas

Conference 13

Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, Ph.D

Arkansas State University, Arkansas

Conference 15

Jeffrey Adelberg, Ph,D

Clemson University, South Carolina

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Oliver Kayser, Ph.D.

TU Dortmund University, Germany

Conference 19

Joshua Kellogg, Ph.D

Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania

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Ramu Govindasamy, Ph.D.

Rutgers University, New Jersey

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Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, Ph.D.

Alabama A&M University, Alabama

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Daniel Hoffman, Ph.D.

Rutgers University, New Jersey

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Jahan Marcu, Ph.D.

International Research Center for Cannabinoids and Health, New York

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Cristiana Caliceti, Ph.D.

University of Bologna, Italy

  • Scientific Committee
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Jim Simon, Ph.D., Program Chair

Rutgers University

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Jeffrey Adelberg, Ph.D.

Clemson University

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Ramu Govindasamy, Ph.D.

Rutgers University

Conference 31

Nirmal Joshee, Ph.D.

Fort Valley State University

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Anait Levenson, M.D., Ph.D.

Long Island University

Conference 31

Sun-Ok Lee, Ph.D.

University of Arkansas

Conference 31

Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, Ph.D.

Arkansas State University

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Rao Mentreddy, Ph.D.

Alabama A&M University

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Qingli Wu, Ph.D.

Rutgers University

  • Topics
  • Hemp and medicinal cannabis
  • Micropropagation, conservation and sustainable production of medicinal plants
  • Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer plant bioactives
  • Resveratrol derivatives: Bioproduction and bioactivity
  • Polyphenols from grape
  • Plant bioactives: Clinical studies
  • Linking health and nutrition to diet
  • Breeding, genomic and analytical tools for medicinal and aromatic plants
  • Farmer’s forum
  • Related Information

2020 Flyer

2020 Program

2020 Sponsorship

  • Lodging & Transportation

ACMAP discounted hotel rates are available at the Rutgers University Inn and Heldrich Hotel. Limited rooms are available. Make your reservations early to secure the discounted rate.

Follow the booking instructions below:

Rutgers University Inn – rate $86 + plus taxes/fees (double room, 1 or 2 people)

  • To make reservations click here
  • Enter PROMO/GROUP CODE: 25893
  • Discounted rate is available for June 24, 25 and 26 of 2020.
  • This is a not refundable rate, 100% deposit is required at the time of booking 
  • Limited rooms available. Make reservations early!

Heldrich Hotel – rate $159 + plus taxes/fees

  • Discounted rate is available for 24, 25 and 26 of 2020.
  • To book online click here
  • Click on the “Reservations” button, which will open the Calendar Booking screen. Click on the “+” sign next to Add Code. Click the drop-down arrow next to “Discount Code”, and select option Group Attendee. Input your Group Attendee Code 492869 and then click the Add button.
  • Select your Arrival and Departure Dates and the number of guests and then click Continue. Select your preferred Bed Type, fill in the appropriate Information Fields, and then click Submit.
  • If you require telephone assistance with you reservation please call 866-609-4700 and give the agent Group Attendee Code 492869 to assist you. 

Rutgers University at New Brunswick, New Jersey, is located within an hour from New York City. It is convenient to travel to by air, train or car.


We recommend flying into Newark Liberty Airport due to the ease of travel to New Brunswick, NJ. There are, however, several other airports such as JFK International Airport and La Guardia Airport in New York, Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania, and Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey.

Transportation from Newark International Airport to New Brunswick, NJ:

Car – Travel time estimated at 0.5 – 1 hr. 

    • Get on US-1 S/U.S. 9 S from Newark International Airport St
    • Take I-95 S to NJ-18 N in East Brunswick. Take exit 9 from I-95 S
    • Continue on NJ-18 N 
    • Use the middle lane to take the exit toward NJ-172/Commercial Ave/New St/NJ-27/Highland Park
    • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for NJ-172/Cook/Douglass
    • Continue onto NJ-172 W/George St
    • Keep right to continue toward George St
    • Merge onto George St
    • Left on Nichol Ave
    • Left on Lipman Drive

* If you arriving by car and intend to park on campus please contact Emily Merchant to sign up for a temporary campus parking pass 

Train – Travel time estimated at 1.5 – 2 hours.

Take the AirTran at the Newark Airport to the transit center. Take the Northeast Corridor train heading south to New Brunswick. Arrive at the New Brunswick train station. Take a taxi, Uber, or Lyft to the Douglass Campus Center (100 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)

Traveling from New Brunswick to Manhattan:

Take a car service to the New Brunswick train station. From the New Brunswick train station, take the Northeast Corridor train heading north to New York. Get off at the New York Penn Station – this is the last stop on the train. For more information on the train system see here:




  • Local Organizing Committee
  • Jim Simon
  • Emily Merchant
  • Rodolfo Juliani
  • Xenia Morin
  • Lara Brindisi


We are now accepting registration and abstracts for the 10th Annual ACMAP conference.