Cleft palate (CP) is a common birth defect occurring in 1 in 2,500 live births. Approximately half of infants with CP have a syndromic form, exhibiting other physical and cognitive disabilities. The other half have nonsyndromic CP, and to date, few genes associated with risk for nonsyndromic CP have been characterized.
The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) of the University of the Philippines (UP) officially opened its Core Facility for Bioinformatics (CFB) last 14 April 2014. The event was highlighted with the ground-breaking ceremony for the new PGC building at UP Diliman and a scientific symposium.
The Philippine Genome Center will hold a scientific symposium entitled “Genomics: The Path Towards A Better Understanding of Health, Disease, Evolution And Biodiversity” at the National Institute of Physics Auditorium, National Science Complex, UP Diliman campus.
DSCF and CFB facilitated a workshop for PCAARRD and PCIEERD researchers and staff on genomics and bioinformatics. The 5-day boot camp included lectures, hands-on laboratory experiments, and computer work which aimed to familiarize the participants with the latest developments in the field of genomics and bioinformatics, to update them regarding current research projects, and to demonstrate the capabilities of the Philippine Genome Center Core Facilities.
The series of disease outbreaks the country experienced in 2009 such as the A(H1N1) influenza virus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and dengue has turned out to have a silver lining as they led to the establishment of a state-of-the art facility devoted to genomics and biotechnology on the University of the Philippines (UP) campus in Diliman, Quezon City.
Members of the Philippine Genome Center DNA Sequencing Core Facility and Core Facility for Bioinformatics participated in the 2012 Autumn Course on Genomics and Bioinformatics held at the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan. Gabriel Villamil of the PGC-DSCF and Lovette Cunanan and Joeriggo Reyes of the PGC-CFB attended the 5-day course along with students and researchers from Taiwan, Japan, India, and Vietnam.
Last October 4, in the Star Science column of the Philippine Star, Dr. Maria Corazon de Ungria, director of the Philippine Genome Center’s Forensics and Ethnicity program shared the relevance of DNA tests in ‘crime-scene’ investigations as well as in identifying one’s parentage for custody or child-support cases.
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Dr. Carmencita David-Padilla who introduced new born screening in the country is the latest recipient of the Concepcion Dadufalza for Distinguished Achievement Award.
The Philippine Genome Center’s DNA Sequencing Core Facility (DSCF) through its Program Director, Dr. Cynthia P. Saloma, hosted a Balik Scientist in the person of Dr. Ernesto C. Almira of the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research, University of Florida, USA.
PGC hosted a bioinformatics workshop entitled ‘Conducting Genomic Research in the Era of Next Generation Genotyping and Sequencing’ last March 20-22, 2012 at the National Institute of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (NIMBB) and the Computer Science Research Center (CSRC) in UP Diliman.