Academic Rank:
Professor Emeritus
UBC Hospital
Short Bio:

James Hudson is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where over the last 45 years he has carried out teaching and laboratory research on many human, animal and bacterial viruses, and the use of safe natural products to keep them under control when necessary. This has included several collaborative projects with institutes in developing countries. He has published more than 150 papers in peer – reviewed scientific journals. Since his semi-retirement from academic life he has lived in peaceful Tsawwassen, British Columbia, with his first and only wife, Louise.

Academic background

  • PhD, University of Alberta, Molecular biology. 1967
  • MSc, University of London, Biochemistry. 1963
  • BSc, University of London, Chemistry/physiology. 1962


Recently Published Book(s):

  • The viruses and microbes within our bodies: Why we need them and how they control our lives. JAMES B. HUDSON 2013

Refereed Publications:

  • M. Sharma, C. Levenson, R. H. Bell, S. A. Anderson, J. B. Hudson, C. C. Collins and M. E. Cox. (2014). Suppression of Lipopolysaccharide-stimulated Cytokine/Chemokine Production in Skin Cells by Sandalwood Oils and Purified α-santalol and β-santalol. Phytother. Res. 28: 925–932 (2014)
  • Sharma, M., Hudson, J.B., Adomat, H., Guns, E. and Cox, M.E. (2014) In Vitro Anticancer Activity of Plant-Derived Cannabidiol on Prostate Cancer Cell Lines. Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 5, 806-820. Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 2014, 5, 806-820.
  • Vimalanathan, S. Schoop, R. Hudson, J. High-potency Anti-influenza Therapy by a Combination of Echinacea purpurea fresh herb and root tinctures. Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science Vol. 3 (12), pp. 001-005, 2013.
  • Vimalanathan, S. Hudson, J. The activity of cedar leaf oil vapor against respiratory viruses. Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science Vol. 3 (11), pp. 011-015, 2013.
  • Hudson, J. Review article: Applications of the phytomedicine Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower) in infectious diseases Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology Volume 2012, Article ID 769896, pages 1-16.
  • Vimalanathan, S. Hudson, J. Anti-influenza activities of commercial Oregano oils and their carriers Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science 02 (07); 2012: 214-218.
  • Hudson, JB. Vimalanathan, S. Review article: Immune modulation and anti-infection properties of the phytomedicine Echinacea. South Asian J Exp Biol; 1 (S1): 1-9; 2011.
  • Hudson, J. Kuo, M. Vimalanathan, S. The antimicrobial properties of cedar leaf (Thuja plicata) oil; a safe and efficient decontamination agent for buildings. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8, 4477-4487.
  • Hudson, J. Vimalanathan, S. Review: Echinacea—A source of potent antivirals for respiratory virus infections. Pharmaceuticals 2011, 4, 1019-1031.
  • Sharma M, Schoop R, Suter A, Hudson JB. The potential use of Echinacea in acne: control of Propionibacterium acnes growth and inflammation. Phytother Res. 2010 Sep 9. [Epub ahead of print].

Research Interest

  • Viruses of humans, animals, fish and invertebrates (> 40 years experience)
  • Naturally occurring anti-viral and anti-microbial substances (>25 years experience)
  • Molecular approaches to elucidating mechanisms of action of herbal medicines

Teaching Interest

Research Training:
I have trained several post-doctoral Fellows, approximately 20 graduate students (Ph.D. and M.Sc. levels), and numerous honours undergraduate students, and recently several co-op students from SFU (up to Dec 2010)