Tanaduk Botanical Research
Institute of Tibetan Medicine

Research professionals working with the Tanaduk Botanical Research Institute:

Chandra Prakash Kala, Ph.D: Dr. Kala earned his Ph.D. in Forestry in 1998 from the Forest Research Institute in Dehra Dun, India, and his M.S. in Botany from H.N.B. Garhwal University in Srinagar, India. He has worked as a Research Fellow (1992-1997), an Ethnobotanist (1997-1998 & 2001-2002), and an Ecologist (1999-2000). Some of his earlier associations were with Wildlife Institute of India, Dehra Dun; Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions, Bangalore; International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal and G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development Kosi-Katarmal, Almora. Dr. Kala has widely surveyed the Indian Himalayan and trans-Himalayan region for medicinal plants, plant ecology, and indigenous practices prevalent in various ethnic groups. He has published about 40 scientific papers and articles in various national and international journals. He has ten scientific reports to his credit, as well as two books on the medicinal plants and conservation of the Himalayan biodiversity.

Tsewang Jigme Tsarong: Mr. Tsarong is a Tibetan medical specialist who for the past forty-odd years has been working toward the preservation, propagation, and development of the ancient Buddhist system of medicine known technically as "gSo-wa Rig-pa" (Skt.: Cikitsa Virya) or the Knowledge of Healing. He was born in Lhasa, Tibet, and has a B.A. (Hons) from St. Joseph's College and another B.A. from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. From 1974-82, Mr. Tsarong was the Executive Director of the Dalai Lama's Tibetan Institute of Medicine and Astrology (Dharamsala, Dist. Kangra, India) and was instrumental in turning this center into one of the most successful Tibetan refugee organizations in India and Nepal. Mr. Tsarong is the proprietor of Tibetan Medical Publications and Himalayan Herbal Co. (Pvt.) Ltd. and uses these two companies to produce books and herbal products to create awareness of and interest in the promotion of this profound medical culture. Presently, he is involved in a pioneer project of manufacturing selected Tibetan medical formulations whose ingredients are organically cultivated.

Jo York, M.A.: Ms. York has a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in Communication Sciences, both from the University of Montana. She is in charge of all communications and grant management for the Tanaduk Institute. She currently supports several institutes establishing over 65 grants: The University of Montana Rural Institute on Disabilities: A Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research and Service in Missoula, Montana.