The ASEAN Subcommittee on Biotechnology â€“ Philippines is holding a consultative meeting of the ASEAN member countries for the proposal development on impact of climate change on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases on October 20, 2011 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.
The meeting aims to discuss the challenges to climate and ecosystem change, share information on ongoing program/projects, researches and initiatives, and identify a priority area for joint research collaboration that will address the ASEAN regionâ€™s need to study the impact of climate on vector-borne disease outbreaks.
A collaborative research proposal is expected to be developed addressing the ASEAN regionâ€™s need to study the impact of climate change on vector-borne disease outbreaks through the use of modern day predictive technologies and to find a long-term regional solution to the climate change problem.
Expected participants are the delegates from the ASEAN Member States, namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
This initiative is spearheaded by Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, National Focal Person for the Philippines of the ASEAN Sub Committee on Biotechnology, and the Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST).
Funding for the whole day activity will come from the International Commitment Fund (ICF) administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Resource speakers during the Metro Manila Health Research Development Consortium (MMHRDC) Research Forum. (From Left): Engr. Jean Rosete of EMB-DENR, Dr. Josephine Tolentino of SLMC and Dr. Jubert Benedicto of PCCP.
In celebration of the National Lung Month, the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) held a research forum with the theme â€œHealthy Lungs, Clean Air, Good Lifeâ€ last August 26, 2011 at the Manila Doctors Hospital.
The forum gathered researchers and experts from the 23 member institutions of the consortium to provide a venue for research collaboration among stakeholders.
Engr. Jean Rosete, Chief of the Air Quality Management Section of the Environment Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) presented the â€œStatus of Air Quality in Metro Manila.â€ Engr. Rosete reported that the sources of air pollution in Metro Manila are natural and man-made or anthropogenic. Man-made air pollutants are from mobile sources like motor vehicles, industries, and area sources like open burning, building constructions and paved roads. Based on the National Emission Inventory conducted by the DENR, most (86%) of the pollution load comes from motor vehicles.
â€œIn response to the findings of the inventory, DENR intensified its anti-smoke belching campaign. We also implemented the garage testing of public utility vehicles, intensified industrial monitoring, and information and education campaign in coordination with Local Government Units (LGUs) to undertake those activities.â€ said Engr. Rosete.
Dr. Josephine Tolentino of St. Lukeâ€™s Medical Center tackled â€œPersonalizing Treatment for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: IPASS Study.â€ Her study proved that the drug Gefitinib is superior to carboplatin-paclitaxel as an initial treatment for pulmonary adenocarcinoma among nonsmokers or former light smokers in East Asia. The presence in the tumor of a mutation of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene is a strong predictor of a better outcome with gefitinib.
Dr. Jubert Benedicto, Chair of the Council on Tuberculosis of the Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) discussed his research entitled, â€œThe Incidence of Active Tuberculosis Among Health Workers with Latent Tuberculosis Infection in Tertiary Hospital Setting.â€ The study revealed that health care workers (HCWs) have a high prevalence of latent TB infection (LTBI) and low incidence of active TB.
According to Dr. Benedicto, â€œThis was a cohort study done over two years involving HCWs assigned in the medical wards and medical intensive care units in ten tertiary hospitals. The findings of the study might have implications in screening and employment policies among HCWs and infection control strategies that should be employed in these tertiary settings.â€
In her closing remarks, Dr. Lulu Bravo, Chair of the MMHRDC Steering Committee and the Executive Director of the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) expressed her appreciation for the efforts of the consortium in promoting research.
â€œWe need more forums like this to motivate more people to do research. I encourage everyone to publish your researches for us to be more competitive with our ASEAN neighbors.â€ said Dr. Bravo.
Member of participating team meticulously adds flavor to their mouth watering dishes
As part of the Department of Science and Technologyâ€™s (DOST) advocacy to promote brown rice, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) organized a Brown Rice Cooking Challenge at the FNRI Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City on 4-5 July 2011.
According to Dr. Mario Capanzana, FNRI Director, â€œBrown rice is gaining popularity today because of its nutritional benefits. With that, we want to introduce to the public the different ways of serving brown rice, as appetizer, soup, main dish and dessert through this Brown Rice Cooking Challenge.â€
The competition is participated in by different universities and colleges in Metro Manila. Serving as judges of the competition were Nancy Lumen, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Culinary Lifestyle Magazine; Ms. Marieta Bumanglag, Senior Science Research Specialist of FNRI; Chef Antonio Gantioqui, expert cook from the Center for Advanced Training in Food and Beverages Services, Incorporated of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); FNRI Director Mario Capanzana and DOST Secretary Mario Montejo.
Following are the winners of the Brown Rice Cooking Challenge:
First prize winner - Miriam College
Appetizer - Lettuce topped brown rice (also won as Best Appetizer during the semi finals)
Soup - Tomato and brown rice bisque with brown rice stuffed peppers (also won as Best Soup during the semi finals)
Main Dish - Lamb and brown rice meat balls
Dessert - Mango and brown rice mousse
Second prize winner - University of Sto Tomas Manila
Appetizer - Chicken and egg roll surprise
Soup - Rich dumpling rice soup delight
Main Dish - Rellenong bangus stuffed with seven treasures (also won as Best Main Dish during the semi finals)
Dessert - Choconut rice balls
Third prize winner - University of the East
Appetizer - Brown rice stuffed tofu pocket
Soup - Brown rice chowder
Main Dish - Prawn thermidore filled with brown rice
Dessert - Brown rice macaroons
Consolation prize winners
Emilio Aguinaldo College
Appetizer - Pocket of beef strips and salsa on brown rice soft
Soup â€“ Picante (spicy) brown rice soup
Main Dish - Itik volumen (roll) with brown rice stuffing paired
Dessert - Duo of arroz (Trez leche champorado with lemony banana brown rice pudding with sugar spun
Centro Escolar University
Appetizer - Chile parilla con tuna Y arron marron
Soup - Sopa arroz marron con pechay
Main Dish - Arroz marron con pollo
Dessert - Arroz marron con mango (also won as Best Dessert during the semi finals)
DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said that, â€œBrown rice is a healthier alternative that will, hopefully, reduce the demand for white rice, most of it are imported. By consuming brown rice, we are not only helping our own farmers. We are also increasing our intake of micronutrients needed by our body.â€
2011 Winners of the PCHRD-Gruppo Medica for Undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine.
Winners of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)-Gruppo Medica Award were recognized during the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) research forum last August 26, 2011 at the Manila Doctors Hospital.
Three undergraduate students were awarded for their studies on herbal medicine that have shown potential for commercial applications.
Third prize was given to Ms. Luisa Gillian Angeles of the University of the Philippines Diliman, Institute of Chemistry for her study entitled, â€œXanthine Oxidase Inhibitory Activity of Mimosa pudica.â€ Mimosa pudica, morecommonly known as â€œMakahiya,â€ was found to contain flavonoids which are essential in the treatment of gout. With this finding, Makahiya can be a possible alternative for allopurinol, a clinically approved drug used to treat gout.
Second prize went to Ms. Kristin Joyce Santos, Ms. Abegail Santillan, Ms. Chari Jane Rosales of the University of Santo Tomas for their research, â€œFruit juice of unripe saba (Musa paradisiaca L.) inhibits free radicals, prevents lipid peroxidation and improves lipid profile.â€ The study showed that unripe saba can be used as a dietary supplement to reduce the risk of diseases associated with oxidative stress and hyperlipidemia.
First prize was awarded to Mr. Luis Tani, Mr. Leland Ustare, Mr. Von Luigi Valerio of the University of Santo Tomas for their project entitled, â€œA critical assessment of the cytotoxicity, hypoglycaemic and antioxidant potential of the ripe fruit of Musa sapientum var. saba on human fibroblasts in vitro.â€ Results of the study revealed that the crude aqueous extract of ripe Musa sapientum var. saba exhibits remarkable properties both as potentially effective antioxidant and as a probable nutraceutical agent for diabetics in the Philippines.
The PCHRD-Gruppo Medica Award provides motivation for students to view undergraduate thesis not merely as an academic exercise, but as an excellent opportunity to contribute to the national agenda.
Health research stakeholders nationwide will meet anew on 10-12 August 2011 to celebrate the 5th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week at the Lâ€™Fisher Hoter in Bacolod City.
Bearing the theme, â€œConvergence in Divergence, Innovations for better health,â€ the three-day event is a venue for stakeholders to interact, to learn from each other, to share information and experiences, and contribute research-based solutions to health problems, among other things.
Another highlight of the event is the launching of Health Innovation Marketplace and awarding of winners for the Best Mentor Award and Poster Exhibit Contest.
For more information, please contact PNHRS secretariat at telephone numbers: (02) 8377534 or (02) 8377537 or visit PNHRS website at http://www.healthresearch.ph/.