DOST-PCHRD sends scholars to study in Italy


The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health and Development (DOST-PCHRD), in partnership with University of Trieste (UNITS) and Fondazione Italiana Fegato (FIF), send two scholars to Italy for a PhD program focused on molecular hepatology within the PhD Program in Molecular Biomedicine of UNITS.

Two Filipino students were selected to do their PhD studies at UNITS and work with FIF. The candidates, Noel C. Salvoza, MSc, MD and Loraine Kay D. Cabral, MSc are the first two scholars to be awarded the PhD fellowship program.

Dr. Noel C. Salvoza is a Doctor of Medicine from West Visayas State University. He also holds a Master's Degree in Molecular Medicine from St. Luke's Medical Center - College of Medicine. Both of his degrees were acquired through scholarship grants from West Visayas State University and DOST's Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program (ASTHRD), respectively. He has worked on several researches on natural products, dengue virus, chikungunya virus, and liver disease. He presented some of his research works in both local and international conferences and has garnered recognition in several of them.

Ms. Loraine Kay D. Cabral is an awardee of the ASTHRD scholarship for her Master’s degree in Molecular Medicine degree from St. Luke's Medical Center-College of Medicine. Her works involved biobanking cytogenetics, genetics, and epigenetics of cancer. She made presentations in local and international conferences and has joined international programs for training and internship. She has been an officer and active member of different scientific organizations in the country.

The two scholars have started their three-year PhD program in November 2019. After finishing their PhD program, both are expected to contribute to discovery of biomarkers and diagnostic tools for liver diseases and related metabolic syndromes in the Philippines.  They are also expected to be the prime movers of the soon to be established Philippine Liver Network.  

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