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THE FOX GOT YOU - LINKS

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The Fox Got You is an art and science project celebrating common plants at the origin of medicinal drugs (for an overview, go to the home page). On this page you will find links to the websites of the organisations featured in the project.

Included are links to websites with information about the history of drugs. You will also find details of the gardens open to the public, where many of the plants images were taken and where the exhibition was shown.

The MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit has three major scientific aims: firstly, to understand the fundamental processes taking place in mitochondria, the cellular organelles responsible for generating our body’s energy; secondly, to understand how these processes are involved in human diseases and thirdly, to use this knowledge for the development of new therapies.

Web link to the Mitochondrial Biology Unit

In The Fox Got You, the MBU is featured in the Visits to Biomedical Research Laboratories page.

Image: MBU lab, researchers and mitochondrion lego sculpture

MBU lab

The Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology is based at the University of Warwick. Its research focuses on cell biology as a biomedical subject area at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology. Its mission is to discover molecular mechanisms and principles of active self-organisation in living systems, and to apply the new knowledge, via collaboration, to improve human health and wellbeing.

Web link to the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology

In The Fox Got You, the CMCB is featured in the Visits to Biomedical Research Laboratories page.

Image: view of the CMCB's main building

CMCB building

The focus of the William Harvey Research Institute's research is the study of cardiovascular, inflammation and endocrine diseases, and the discovery of innovative therapies.

Web link to the William Harvey Research Institute

In The Fox Got You, the WHRI is featured in the Visits to Biomedical Research Laboratories page.

Image: WHRI - human blood pasma containing platelets (on the left) and without platelets (on the right)

blood plasma

1: Mitochondrial Biology Unit

2: Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology

3: William Harvey Research Institute

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH

1: Kruidendrogerij ROIJKRU

2: Limehurst

3: Oncotec

FROM PLANTS TO DRUGS

HISTORY (click on images to show web links)

1: Ancient Yew Group

2: The Poison Garden

3: Plants For A Future

4: Plant-lore Archive

PLANTS WEBSITES

1: Oxford Botanic Garden

2: South London Botanical Institute

3: Bristol Botanic Garden

BOTANIC GARDENS

The company Kruidendrogerij ROIJKRU, based in Oss in the Netherlands, specialises in the cultivation and processing of herbs and medicinal plants.

Web link to Kruidendrogerij ROIJKRU

In The Fox Got You, the company is featured in the From Plants to Drugs page.

Image: Kruidendrogerij ROIJKRU - drying yew leaves. The drying shed has driers underground below the leaves. Forking by hand ensures the leaves dry evenly.

drying yew leaves

The company Limehurst Ltd is based in Chichester, Britain. It specialises in the harvesting and processing of medicinal & cosmetic plants, particularly yew hedge leaves for the production of chemotherapy drugs.

Web link to Limehurst

In The Fox Got You, the company is featured in the From Plants to Drugs page.

Image: Limehurst - the drying shed with yew leaves waiting to be processed

Limehurst facilities

The company Oncotec Pharma Produktion GmbH is based in Dessau-Roßlau, near Leipzig in Germany. It manufactures and develops aseptically produced cytostatic drugs: drugs which inhibit cell growth, such as Paclitaxel for cancer treatment.

Web link to Oncotec

In The Fox Got You, the company is featured in the From Plants to Drugs page.

Image: Oncotec - a worker checks the production process by reaching into the isolator through thick gloves attached to the wall

Oncotec filling line

In 1785 English physician and botanist William Withering published the book "An Account of the Foxglove and Some of its Medical Uses", which is regarded as one of the first detailed clinical and pharmacological study of a drug.

This web page about William Withering is part of the James Lind Library website.

This web page about William Withering is on the Hektoen International website.

In The Fox Got You, Withering is featured in the Fox Heart page.

Image: A wild foxglove, Oxford Harcourt Arboretum, Britain

foxglove flower

The famous 18th Century caricaturist James Gillray made an etching called 'The Gout', which is a very powerful depiction of a gout attack.

This website is dedicated to James Gillray.

This page has an interesting article about Gillray the cartoonist.

This article is about the 2015 Gillray exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Britain.

In The Fox Got You, Gillray is featured in the The Gout page.

Image: 'The Gout' by James Gillray

The Gout by Gillray

The 18th Century clergyman Reverend Edward Stone is credited for the first well-documented clinical trial of salicylates in medicine.

The history of Aspirin book by Diarmuid Jeffreys is very highly recommended.

This web page explores early drug discovery, including that of Aspirin.

In The Fox Got You, Edward Stone is featured in the Aspirin and Platelets page.

Image: Close-up of Reverend Stone's Blue Plaque, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, Britain

Reverend Stone

The Ancient Yew Group is a charitable trust for the conservation and promotion of ancient yew trees.

Web link to the Ancient Yew Group

In The Fox Got You, the yew tree is featured in the Cancer and Yew page.

Image: Ancient yew tree, Kingley Vale Nature Reserve in West Sussex, Britain

ancient yew

The Poison Garden website describes poisonous plants commonly found in gardens, including the foxglove, autumn crocus and yew tree.

Web link to the Poison Garden

In The Fox Got You, foxgloves are featured in the Fox Heart page, the autumn crocus is in The Gout and the yew tree in the Cancer and Yew page.

Image: A dormant autumn crocus corm with the beginning of a flowering shoot

autumn crocus

The charity Plants For A Future aims to research and provide information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, working by using designs with high species diversity and permaculture principles.

Web link to Plants For A Future

Image: Goat's rue with a 5-spot burnet moth (Zygaena trifolii)

burnet moth

The website Plant-lore Archive is a collection of the traditional uses and folklore of plants.

Web link to Plant-lore Archive

Image: Flower Echoes

Fox Heart 11

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is where The Fox Got You exhibition was first shown, in the summer of 2015.

Web link to the Oxford Botanic Garden

In The Fox Got You, the exhibition is featured in The Greenhouse page.

Image: The exhibition at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Britain (summer 2015)

exhibition

The South London Botanical Institute is where The Fox Got You exhibition was shown in the autumn of 2015.

Web link to the South London Botanical Institute

In The Fox Got You, the exhibition is featured in The Greenhouse page.

Image: The exhibition at the South London Botanical Institute, London, Britain (autumn 2015). The greenhouse images are of meadowsweet and foxgloves.

exhibition

The University of Bristol Botanic Garden is where The Fox Got You exhibition was shown in the summer of 2016.

Web link to the Bristol Botanic Garden

In The Fox Got You, the exhibition is featured in The Greenhouse page.

Image: The exhibition - close-up of plants botanical specimens

plant specimens

The Harris Garden, part of Reading University, has many foxglove species growing within its grounds.

Web link to the Harris Garden

In The Fox Got You, foxgloves are featured in the Fox Heart page.

Image: Common foxgloves in Harris Garden, Reading University, Britain

foxglove 4

Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve has yew woodlands which are considered to be the best in Britain, with both ancient and younger trees.

Natural England has produced this pdf leaflet about Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve.

This web page describes a walk in Kingley Vale in The Guardian website.

In The Fox Got You, the yew tree is featured in the Cancer and Yew page.

Image: Ancient yew tree, Kingley Vale Nature Reserve in West Sussex, Britain

ancient yew

The garden of the 17th Century country house Audley End, near Saffron Walden in Essex, has an amazing yew tree Cloud Hedge.

Web link to English Heritage's Audley End House and Gardens

In The Fox Got You, the yew tree is featured in the Cancer and Yew page.

Image: Close-up of yew topiary, Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden, Britain

cloud hedge

The Rock Walk at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex, includes many yew trees with their bare roots growing on sandstone boulders.

Web link to Kew's Wakehurst Place

In The Fox Got You, the yew tree is featured in the Cancer and Yew page.

Image: Yew tree growing on sandstone, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex, Britain

Witton Lane Seeds is a mail order company specialising in the production of seeds. It provided fresh autumn crocus seeds to The Fox Got You project. The company's garden is not open to the public.

Web link to Witton Lane Seeds

In The Fox Got You, the autumn crocus is featured in The Gout page.

Image: Autumn crocus leaves and fruits in June, growing at Witton Lane Seeds, Little Plumstead, Norwich, Britain

The Fox Got You project was conceived, researched and produced by artist Françoise Sergy, in partnership with clinicians, scientists and patients.

  • Individual images are available as prints: £40 / €50 for an A4 print, £50 / €65 for an A3 print ( plus postage costs).
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  • Françoise Sergy has her own website with information about her past and current artwork: www.francoisesergy.uk

© Françoise Sergy 2016