Representatives from the Philippine Genome Center attended the 44th Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PSBMB) annual convention last November 27-30, 2017 at the Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City.
Partnering for genomics research and collaborating for capacity building—the Philippine Genome Center invited researchers, faculty, and project leaders in the Visayas region with the goal of initiating collaboration amongst local principal investigators and promoting capacity building to budding genomics researchers. The symposium was held at the Iloilo Convention Center, Mandurriao, Iloilo City last October 27, 2017, with the help of the University of the Philippines Visayas and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development and Conservation (SEAFDEC) Aquaculture Department (AQD).
The Philippine Genome Center was one of the exhibitors during the 13th National Biotechnology Week held last November 20-24, 2017 at the Fisher mall Expo hall, Quezon City. The 5-day exhibit is organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA) as the elected chair for this year. The event’s central theme and tagline is “Bioteknolohiya para sa Kalikasan, Kalusugan, Kagandahan, Kabuhayan, at Kaunlaran. Lamang ang masa at magsasaka sa limang K ng Bioteknolohiya”.
Focused on boosting the competency of genomics researchers in the Philippines, the PCARI funded project Shared Genomics Core Laboratory (SGCL) also serves as an extension of the Philippine Genome Center’s DNA Sequencing and Bioinformatics Facility (DSBF). Through its establishment of an NGS service facility and laboratory, SGCL aims to expand its existing collaborations, networking, and information exchanges within the local scientific community.
On November 10, the research paper titled “Next Generation Sequencing-based Discovery of Novel Genetic Markers in the Vitamin D Receptor Gene correlated with Osteoporotic Fracture among Older Filipino Women” was presented by Mr. Mark Pretzel P. Zumaraga, RCh, MSc, Science Research Specialist II at the Nutritional Biochemistry Section of Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology. The paper was accepted for oral presentation at the AFES Investigator’s Award for the theme, Calcium and Vitamin D Metabolism at the 19th ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies (AFES) Congress was held in Yangon, Myanmar on November 9-12, 2017.
As part of the preparations for the transfer to the new building, PGC ED and staff visits the new building for preliminary inspection.
The DSCF team with the Philippine Carabao Center staff (2nd-3rd from L: Gerard Ramos, Shanemae M. Rivera, Excel Rio S. Maylem) who took part in a 3-day training in DNA Extraction and Capillary Sequencing.
The Philippine Genome Center of the UP System is holding a free seminar titled “Using viral genomic sequencing to track virus transmission during the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa” by Professor Ian Gordon Goodfellow of the Division of Virology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge.
On 15 August 2017, the University of the Philippines Board of Regents approved the appointment of Dr. Cynthia Palmes-Saloma as the Executive Director of the Philippine Genome Center (PGC).
DOST Sec. Fortunato T. dela Peña (5th from L) dropped by the PGC booth during the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) with its theme, “Science for the People”.
July 11-15 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.