Who We Are:

Formerly known as 'Roots to Shoots', Canopy to Cures is a student-run organization set up in July 2010, researching into the medicinal plants of our planet's rainforests, in the hopes of bringing a new outlook on the importance of the rainforest and its possible impact on medicines around the world. This scientific initiative will be taught in schools, science festivals and to the public in outreach programmes.

The Researchers:

Deepesh PatelDeepesh Patel is a student of Natural Science at Durham University. As a Winston Churchill Fellow, he is travelling to the Peruvian Amazon and visiting the United Nations Environment Program in the summer of 2011 for a Canopy to Cures expedition. He is also a youth advisor to the British Science Association's Youth CREST Panel and took part in 2010's British Science Festival in Birmingham and Manchester's National Science and Engineering Competition.

Deepesh PatelRaghd Rostom is about to start a Natural Sciences degree at Cambridge University. She has worked on stem cell research at Southampton University and at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, and is also an advisor for the British Science Association's Youth CREST panel. Last year she represented the UK at the European Union Contest for young scientists at Lisbon and won a placement at the European Microbiology Laboratory. This summer she will work closely with pharmaceutical companies looking at drug development and ethnobotany (plant medicines).

The Supporting Team:

Kimberley Williams - Website Developer, Organiser
University of Brighton, Studying Business Management with Marketing BSc Hons

Jasmin Patel – Graphic Designer, Professional Photographer
Click here for her website. University of Toronto, Psychology BSc. & Sheridan College, Canada, Applied Photography

Rashmi Patel – Animator
University of Birmingham, BSc Hons, Media Production

Jess Pitcher – Editor and Designer
Durham University, Studying Natural Sciences BSc Hons

Our Advisors:

Saranja Sivachelvam
Overall winner for Chemistry, National Science and Engineering Competition 2011. Oxford University Chemist (2011-2015), Scholar at Imperial College London, Scientist at London Centre for Nanotechnology and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Kirsty Schneeberger
MBE – Board of Directors for the International Court for the Environmental Coalition and Coordinator on the Department of Energy and Climate Change's Youth Advisory Panel.

Dr PJ Gates
BA (Oxon) Ph.D. (Dunelm) – Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Durham University. He has written 17 books for young people and won or been shortlisted for several literary awards.

Dr James Blowey
D.Phil – Deputy Head of Faculty (Natural Sciences) in the Faculty of Sciences, Durham University.

Prof.dr. H.B.J. (Rik) Leemans
Full professor in Environmental Systems Analysis at Wageningen University, Netherlands and director at the WIMEK graduate school and chair at the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) Supporting Team.

Andy Luck
Professional Wildlife Photographer (Wild Open Eye)