Call for Entrees/Nominations for 2013 DOST International  Publication Awards

The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Philippines through its project entitled, "Evaluation and Improvement of the Research Publication and IP Productivity of the DOST R&D Institutes" is searching for possible entrees for its 2013 DOST International Publication Awards

The DOST International Publication Awards are given annually for journal publications of DOST researchers, in Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI)/Scorpus indexed journals, in the last two years preceding the award. The authors of chosen publication will receive a cash reward of fifty thousand pesos (Php 50,000). Co-authors outside DOST will not be entitled to receive incentives.

Take note that endorsements should be made by the heads of research institutes.


  • Majority of researches were conducted in the Philippines
  • Author's affiliation must be any of the DOST RDIs


Please submit two (2) copies of journal publication, a duly accomplished nomination form, and an electronic copy of nominations in pdf format through e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The deadline for submission of nominations is on December 20, 2013.

Please click here to download the nomination form.




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Global Engage, Ltd., together with Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp), is inviting individuals for the upcoming Plant Genomics Congress Asia, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 24-25 February 2014.   

The said Congress is in line with the European Plant Genomics Congress that was held in May and the American Meeting that took place in September. The Congress aims to examine the latest Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platforms and technologies suitable for progressing plant based research as well as tools to enable successful analysis. Expected participants include experts working in areas such as plant sciences, next generation sequencing, genomics, epigenetics, bioinformatics and data management. Presentations will comprise topics on regional crops such as rice, wheat, barley, maize, soybean, rapeseed, palm oil, among others.

For more information, you may download the copy of Plant Genomics Congress Asia Agenda at or you may visit their website at

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With rapid progress on technology, internet has been within reach. A lot of stores and areas offer free wi-fi. Even phones and tablets have built-in wi-fi. As internet becomes accessible, more and more people join social networking site, particularly Facebook.

Facebook has been the world’s biggest social networking site with more than one billion users, which allows its users to have public profiles and connect with one another by posting information and messages.  In the Philippines, there are more than 27,700,000 Facebook users, mostly18-24 years old, according to the 2012 data of SocialBakers (a social media analyst company).

Though Facebook is intended for personal interest, some organizations now utilize it for marketing their products and services, or raising people’s awareness.  True enough, disseminating food and nutrition information through Facebook improves nutrition knowledge of college students, according to an undergraduate study of Manila Tytana College.

Student researchers created a Facebook page, NUTRI-CLICK, where three lessons were disseminated: nutrition, fruits, and vegetables. Nutrition experts and panel members validated these lessons before uploading it to the page. Comparing the pre-test and post-test results, college students’ knowledge improved from satisfactory to excellent level.

Researchers proposed to utilize online nutrition education program as a way to communicate health information and hopefully, make an impact on communities.

The study won 1st place in nutrition and dietetics category at 39th Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) Undergraduate Research Paper Competition held last July 2013, which was sponsored by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).

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Since pregnancy is such a delicate period, double protection should be given not only to what the child eats, but also to what he is exposed to as babies exposed to pesticides while in the womb are at risk of developing poor motor abilities at the age of two, study said.

A total of 696 mothers and newborns at Bulacan Provincial Hospital (BPH) outpatient department were tested for exposure to pesticides since use of pesticides is common in Bulacan, being an agro-industrial province in the Philippines.

Most of mothers and infants were found to be exposed to pesticides with propoxur. Propoxur is used for controlling cockroaches, flies, and mosquitos as well as for agricultural purposes. Researchers also attributed the exposure to propoxur to the high prevalence of flies and mosquitoes in the study site.

After babies were followed up in two years, those with prenatal exposure to pesticide were associated with poorer motor development. The study explained that the effect of prenatal exposure was more evident in motor because it is one of the first functions to develop in children. Also, prenatal exposure poses high risk to children because it is during the pregnancy that brain growth and development are at highest rate of vulnerability.

“Although the recognizable effects of maternal exposure to low doses of environmental pesticides are minimal, serious concerns have been raised about their adverse effects on the fetus, particularly on subsequent neurodevelopmental, learning and behavioral difficulties in the children,” researchers emphasized.

The study was a collaboration of Wayne State University (WSU), University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UPM-NIH), and Davao Regional Hospital (DRH), and was published online at


The University of the Philippines Manila will produce the first-ever genetic counsellors in the Philippines after establishing Master’s Degree Program in Genetic Counselling in 2011.

Dr. Carmencita Padilla, the Director of Newborn Screening Reference Center – National Institutes of Health, and Mercy Laurino, a genetic counsellor from the University of Washington, collaborated in developing the Philippines’ first genetic counselling program. Ms. Laurino, an awardee of the Balik Scientist Program (BSP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), shared the importance of genetic counselling to health professionals in the country.

In her presentation during the 6th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World (ICBD), she described genetic counsellors as “health professionals with specialized graduate degree and experience in areas of medical genetics and counselling”. They help identify families at risk of birth defects and explain its reasons.  In prenatal setting, mothers will be informed if their babies might have a birth defect so they could make informed decisions and develop family coping skills.

Ms. Laurino affirmed that genetic counselling program would increase the appreciation of genetic counselling as part of clinical medical genetics service, offer genetic education to patients and members of the family, refer patients and families to community and/or local government support services, and develop policies and practice guidelines to implement genetic counselling clinical services programs.

“It serves as a model on how to successfully develop and implement similar genetic counselling training programs in other developing countries,” Ms. Laurino emphasized.