The Center for Botanicals and Metabolic Syndrome (CBMS) was established in Tajikistan in 2014 with the generous support from the US National Institutes of Health. CBMS integrates, in a culturally sensitive way, intensive didactic training in western science with strong knowledge of traditional botanical medicines. Its goal is to develop a sustainable mechanism for graduating Ph.D. and postdoctoral-level research scientists who can merge these two systems for the benefit of Tajikistan. CBMS focuses on metabolic syndrome (MetS) and diabetes providing research training with an emphasis on anti-diabetic botanicals, life cycle studies and early life determinants of chronic diseases.
CBMS is closely linked to the existing US-based, NIH-funded National Center for Botanicals and Metabolic Syndrome and NIH T32 Training in Botanical Approaches to Combat Metabolic Syndrome programs and will leverage the infrastructure, partnerships, facilities, and expertise established by these programs. In addition, CBMS is affiliated with the Global Institute for BioExploration (GIBEX) dedicated to transferring expertise and technologies that enable developing countries to ethically explore their biodiversity for natural product-based medicines.