Natural compounds research works are recognized at NRCP e-poster competition

Two posters from the University of Santo Tomas bagged 2nd and 3rd place at the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) – 2022 Annual Scientific Conference e-Poster competition for Health Research Category (Cluster 3).

The scientific poster competition is one of the highlights of the recently concluded Annual Scientific conference of the National Research Council of the Philippines held on March 15, 2022, via Zoom, with the theme, “Digital Transformation in Research: Powers and Perils.” All competing poster entries are research studies funded by NRCP and/or other DOST institutions.

Bagging second place is the poster authored by Assoc. Prof. Maria Ruth B. Pineda-Cortel, Ph.D., a faculty member of the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Graduate School, together with Jose Angelo A. Bunag, Therriz Mae P. Mamerto, and Miguel Francisco B. Abulencia. Bunag and Mamerto are students at the UST Graduate School. The study titled, “Differential gene expression and network-based analyses of the placental transcriptome reveals distinct biomarkers for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM),” aimed to identify potential early biomarkers of GDM in light of the possible instances of over-diagnosis, undiagnosis, or misdiagnosis due to the absence of a standard diagnostic criteria.

Winning 3rd place is a poster authored by Dr. Ross D. Vasquez and Dr. Agnes L. Castillo, also faculty members of the Faculty of Pharmacy and the UST Graduate School and co-authored by Graduate School students Ms. Charlaine A. Aventurado and Ms. Honeymae C. Alos. The poster reported antiangiogenic potential of Alpininum Isoflavone and syringin and their potential application in cancer therapy using system-based approaches: in silico, molecular, cell and embryo-based assays. This winning poster emphasized that computer-aided – research design provides efficiency in minimizing the time, labor, cost of drug research, and streamlining the whole process of drug discovery and development.

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