The article below is a feature from the OVPAA website.

Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-dela Paz (NIH Director and PGC Project Leader) has initially met Dr. Gerard Pals at a conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. After discussions about a possible collaboration, Dr. dela Paz invited Dr. Pals and arranged his visit to PGC.

The Philippine Genome Center (PGC), a genomics-focused multidisciplinary research unit of UP under the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, continues to attract high-caliber researchers with international expertise and experience. This time, it is exploring potential collaboration with molecular genetics expert Dr. Gerard Pals.

Pals visited the PGC yesterday, March 28th, to see its core facilities and to talk about setting up assays for clinical testing, interpreting genetic testing services, and variant interpretations. He also met with Dr. Cynthia Saloma, PGC executive director; Dr. Raul Destura, PGC health program director; and Dr. Alexander Young, PGC research professor, to discuss the center’s readiness for genetic testing services.

PGC director Dr. Cynthia Saloma, Dr. Gerard Pals, Vice President for Academic Affairs Ma. Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista, and Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-dela Paz, director of the UP National Institutes of Health, during the courtesy visit at the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Pals was a professor in molecular genetics at Wayne State University and consulting scientist at Henry Ford Hospital. He was responsible for the establishment of DNA and protein diagnostics at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam.

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