Para sa Lunas na Sakto sa Pilipino: DOST boosts investment in cutting-edge OMICS research

Personalized gifts? How about personalized health care?

Imagine a future when the standard of treatment such as physical and laboratory examinations will evolve into a more personalized patient care.

Using ‘omic’ technology platforms to develop local technologies for personalized medicines, diagnostics, and therapeutics is the ultimate vision of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development’s (DOST-PCHRD) ‘Omic Technologies for Health Research and Development (R & D) program.

‘Omic medicine is a fast-paced, emerging technology and forefront study of individual body information such as genome, proteins, and metabolites. In depth understanding of an individual’s DNA content, proteins, and metabolic content and processes contributes to the body of knowledge to efficiently detect and treat diseases of human beings.

“Specifically, with genomics, we can check whether the drugs we are giving, really works for us. We can even develop medicines tailored to individual patient based on predicted response or risk of disease. Genomics can also help us develop more affordable diagnostic kits that can diagnose diseases early on, like dengue or malaria, so that early intervention can be given, and therefore save more lives,” says Dr. Jaime Montoya, DOST-PCHRD Executive Director.

In previous years, the DOST supported projects on disease detection, risk assessment, and drug response using genomic and molecular technologies, focusing on non-communicable diseases with increasing public burden such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), type 2 diabetes mellitus, as well as lung and colorectal cancers.

Particularly for the Cardiovascular Genomics Program, initial findings showed that a percentage of genetic variations present in published literature are not seen in the Filipino participants of the program, highlighting the importance of ethnicity in predicting drug response on CVD medications.

With sound investment, Omics for health research and development envisions the adoption of research-based innovations, practices, and policies towards a healthy Filipino Nation, “para sa mga lunas na sakto sa Pilipino.”