A World Leader in Propolis Research

A Pioneer Researcher in the West

James Fearnley - BeeVital's founder - began his research interest in propolis in 1992. He commissioned a number of important studies into the antibiotic and anti inflammatory properties of propolis at the University of Oxford (Department of Biology) and Manchester University (Dental School). These studies where published in peer reviewed journals.

Bee Propolis - Natural Healing from the Hive

In 2001 James Fearnley published Bee Propolis - Natural Healing from the Hive (Souvenir Press). This work remains the most comprehensive survey of the scientific basis for propolis yet undertaken. (See Details)

BeeVital - Awarded Major UK Government Research Grant

In 2004 BeeVital was awarded a major UK Government Research and Development Award to explore the chemical, pharmacological and clinical properties of propolis. It was one of very few natural medicine projects to receive such an award.

Chemical and Pharmacological Research

The 3 year project has involved biological testing of propolis samples from throughout the world to identify their relative antibiotic, anti inflammatory, anti fungal and anti viral properties. It will explore the chemical composition of each sample in order to establish whether propolis from particular areas or climatic zones has any particular advantages.

Clinical Research in Man

The project will then use propolis with a known chemical profile in order to undertake specific clinical trials in chosen areas. These areas will include:

  • Periodontal problems (Mouth ulcers and Pericorinitis)
  • Skin problems (Eczema and Psoriasis)
  • Wound Healing (including effectiveness against MRSA)
  • Herpes simplex
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Immune deficiency diseases

Treatment of Animals

Studies will also be undertaken into the use of propolis for such conditions as mastitis, viruses and wounds.

The Project Team

The University of Strathclyde has a reputation as a centre of excellence in the understanding of plant chemistry and medicinal properties of plants. The project team consists of Dr. Dave Watson, Dr. Veronique Seidel and Elham Peyfoon MSc.

An International Advisory Board

The research programme will be overseen by a board of internationally respected scientists and doctors. See Scientific Advisory Board.

BeeVital Research

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