PCHRD holds Health Forum 2016, turns the spotlight on HIV, drug discovery and nutrigenomics

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA- As part of the 12th National Biotechnology Week (NBW), the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), in partnership with the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) held the Health Forum 2016 at Sulo Riviera Hotel.

The Forum discussed the developments in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), drug discovery and development, genomics, and nutrition.

Speakers were Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana, University of the Philippines Manila Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Director, Ms. Iris Bea Ramiro, University of the Philippines Diliman Marine Science Institute Research Associate, Ms. Mildred Udarbe, FNRI Lifestage and Nutrition Section Senior Science Research Specialist, Ms. Marietta Rodriguez, FNRI Nutritional Genomics Section Senior Science Research Specialist, and Mr. Jacus Nacis, FNRI Nutritional Genomics Section Science Research Specialist II.

Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director, emphasized that Biotechnology is helping the country by harnessing nature’s own toolbox and using people’s own genetic makeup to heal and guide research.

To prepare for and meet the society’s most pressing challenges, the recent advances in biotechnology has never been more relevant. Thus, it is imperative that we continue exploring ways to keep pace with the greater demand for biotechnology,” Dr. Montoya added.

With the overall theme “Bioteknolohiya: Kaagapay ng Mamamayan sa Kaunlaran, Yakapin ang pagbabago, Biotek na tayo!,” NBW highlighted the use of modern biotechnology as one of several means to achieve and sustain food security, equitable access to health services, and sustainable and safe environment. n