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. 

Dr. Cynthia P. Saloma, as principal investigator who received a travel grant from DOST’s Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)  joined Mr. Zumaraga who was awarded with USD 800 from AFES for being a runner-up in the category.

Philippines will host the  20th AFES Congress in 2019 at PICC.

Publication: Targeted next generation sequencing of the entire Vitamin D receptor gene reveals polymorphisms correlated with vitamin D deficiency among older Filipino women with and without fragility fracture.