2011 Winners of the PCHRD-Gruppo Medica for Undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine.
Winners of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)-Gruppo Medica Award were recognized during the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) research forum last August 26, 2011 at the Manila Doctors Hospital.
Three undergraduate students were awarded for their studies on herbal medicine that have shown potential for commercial applications.
Third prize was given to Ms. Luisa Gillian Angeles of the University of the Philippines Diliman, Institute of Chemistry for her study entitled, â€œXanthine Oxidase Inhibitory Activity of Mimosa pudica.â€ Mimosa pudica, morecommonly known as â€œMakahiya,â€ was found to contain flavonoids which are essential in the treatment of gout. With this finding, Makahiya can be a possible alternative for allopurinol, a clinically approved drug used to treat gout.
Second prize went to Ms. Kristin Joyce Santos, Ms. Abegail Santillan, Ms. Chari Jane Rosales of the University of Santo Tomas for their research, â€œFruit juice of unripe saba (Musa paradisiaca L.) inhibits free radicals, prevents lipid peroxidation and improves lipid profile.â€ The study showed that unripe saba can be used as a dietary supplement to reduce the risk of diseases associated with oxidative stress and hyperlipidemia.
First prize was awarded to Mr. Luis Tani, Mr. Leland Ustare, Mr. Von Luigi Valerio of the University of Santo Tomas for their project entitled, â€œA critical assessment of the cytotoxicity, hypoglycaemic and antioxidant potential of the ripe fruit of Musa sapientum var. saba on human fibroblasts in vitro.â€ Results of the study revealed that the crude aqueous extract of ripe Musa sapientum var. saba exhibits remarkable properties both as potentially effective antioxidant and as a probable nutraceutical agent for diabetics in the Philippines.
The PCHRD-Gruppo Medica Award provides motivation for students to view undergraduate thesis not merely as an academic exercise, but as an excellent opportunity to contribute to the national agenda.
Member of participating team meticulously adds flavor to their mouth watering dishes
As part of the Department of Science and Technologyâ€™s (DOST) advocacy to promote brown rice, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) organized a Brown Rice Cooking Challenge at the FNRI Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City on 4-5 July 2011.
According to Dr. Mario Capanzana, FNRI Director, â€œBrown rice is gaining popularity today because of its nutritional benefits. With that, we want to introduce to the public the different ways of serving brown rice, as appetizer, soup, main dish and dessert through this Brown Rice Cooking Challenge.â€
The competition is participated in by different universities and colleges in Metro Manila. Serving as judges of the competition were Nancy Lumen, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Culinary Lifestyle Magazine; Ms. Marieta Bumanglag, Senior Science Research Specialist of FNRI; Chef Antonio Gantioqui, expert cook from the Center for Advanced Training in Food and Beverages Services, Incorporated of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); FNRI Director Mario Capanzana and DOST Secretary Mario Montejo.
Following are the winners of the Brown Rice Cooking Challenge:
First prize winner - Miriam College
Appetizer - Lettuce topped brown rice (also won as Best Appetizer during the semi finals)
Soup - Tomato and brown rice bisque with brown rice stuffed peppers (also won as Best Soup during the semi finals)
Main Dish - Lamb and brown rice meat balls
Dessert - Mango and brown rice mousse
Second prize winner - University of Sto Tomas Manila
Appetizer - Chicken and egg roll surprise
Soup - Rich dumpling rice soup delight
Main Dish - Rellenong bangus stuffed with seven treasures (also won as Best Main Dish during the semi finals)
Dessert - Choconut rice balls
Third prize winner - University of the East
Appetizer - Brown rice stuffed tofu pocket
Soup - Brown rice chowder
Main Dish - Prawn thermidore filled with brown rice
Dessert - Brown rice macaroons
Consolation prize winners
Emilio Aguinaldo College
Appetizer - Pocket of beef strips and salsa on brown rice soft
Soup â€“ Picante (spicy) brown rice soup
Main Dish - Itik volumen (roll) with brown rice stuffing paired
Dessert - Duo of arroz (Trez leche champorado with lemony banana brown rice pudding with sugar spun
Centro Escolar University
Appetizer - Chile parilla con tuna Y arron marron
Soup - Sopa arroz marron con pechay
Main Dish - Arroz marron con pollo
Dessert - Arroz marron con mango (also won as Best Dessert during the semi finals)
DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said that, â€œBrown rice is a healthier alternative that will, hopefully, reduce the demand for white rice, most of it are imported. By consuming brown rice, we are not only helping our own farmers. We are also increasing our intake of micronutrients needed by our body.â€
The United Nations Childrenâ€™s Fund (UNICEF) Country Project for Children has reported that malnutrition is associated with more than half of all less than 5 years old childrenâ€™s deaths worldwide. According to the report, undernourished children are more likely to die from common childhood ailments - some will survive but have recurring sicknesses and growth problems.
The Philippines is not spared in this global endemic nutrition problem. In fact, the 2008 National Nutrition Survey (NNS) conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) revealed that among 0-5 year old children, three out of 10 are underweight and under-height.
DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said that the increasing number of malnourished children in the Philippines is associated to poor feeding practices due to motherâ€™s lack of knowledge or awareness on proper nutrition and sanitation, lack of access to potable water and severe poverty. â€œThis served as basis for DOST to embark on a project entitled Science and Technology-based Interventions to Address Malnutrition dubbed as Sulong Pinoy Program -aimed to reduce the prevalence of malnutrition among children not only in the cities but most especially in the remote and far flung communities in the provinces,â€ added Secretary Montejo.
â€œThe program has three project components: production and technology transfer of the FNRI complementary snack foods; development of nutrition intervention strategy (DOST PINOY Model); and technology generation for the production of multi-nutrient growth mix,â€ said FNRI Director Dr. Mario Capanzana.
For the first component, the protein-rich food technologies developed by FNRI such as the Rice-Mongo blend, Rice-Mongo-Sesame, and Rice-Mongo Curls will be produced for the complementary feeding to address the nutrient deficiency among malnourished children. These technologies are also ready for commercialization to interested private entrepreneurs. The FNRI-DOST will provide technical assistance to Local Government Units (LGUs), Non Government Organizations (NGOs) and private organizations who are interested to produce these food products for livelihood purposes.
The second component of the program is the DOST PINOY Model, where PINOY stands for Package for the Improvement of Nutrition for Young Children. This component is a customized package of nutrition modules to empower the Barangays Health Workers (BHWs) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) in educating the mothers to practice breastfeeding and appropriate complementary feeding using the FNRI complementary food blends and snack foods.
â€œWe feed the child simultaneously with their motherâ€™s mind,â€ said Dr. Capanzana. â€œIn this component, DOST will provide the supply of supplementary foods for 120-day feeding cycle to the initially identified 1000 (0-5) year old children from the nutritionally depressed communities of Iloilo, Leyte, Antique and Occidental Mindoro - the identified provinces with high prevalence of underweight children based on the 2008 National Nutrition Survey.â€
The third component of the project is the undergoing R&D effort to fortify the food products (Rice-Mongo blend, Rice-Mongo-Sesame, and Rice-Mongo Curls) with Vitamin A, iron, iodine, zinc and folic acid. The project also aimed to produce a multi-nutrient growth mix using fruits and vegetables in a ready-to-use sachet that can be used to fortify the ordinary â€œlugawâ€ with vitamins and mineral and complement the protein and energy-dense blend formulation of the three introduced products as well.
â€œAlong with the existing community-based nutrition education effort being implemented by various government agencies, non-government organizations and private organizations, malnutrition in the country would be lessened if not eliminated,â€ Dr. Capanzana added.
Sustainability of the Program
The program encourages strong participation of the community not only for beneficiaries but also the local chief executives, officials and nutrition committees through constant advocacy meeting. â€œWith this, they will personally understand and become aware on the importance of the program, making them feel that this program is designed for them, for their community - for their own good,â€ said Dr. Capanzana.
On the other hand, aside from getting fresh and nutritious food alternatives in vegetable production or backyard gardening component of the project, it is also an opportunity for the community to earn money by selling their excess harvests. â€œWith that, we can say that this program helps the community not only for what they need today but, most importantly, they will learn practical knowledge that will enable them to become productive and well-nourished citizens of the country,â€ concluded Dr. Capanzana.
The DOST Sulong PINOY Program is a monitored project of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).
Health research stakeholders nationwide will meet anew on 10-12 August 2011 to celebrate the 5th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week at the Lâ€™Fisher Hoter in Bacolod City.
Bearing the theme, â€œConvergence in Divergence, Innovations for better health,â€ the three-day event is a venue for stakeholders to interact, to learn from each other, to share information and experiences, and contribute research-based solutions to health problems, among other things.
Another highlight of the event is the launching of Health Innovation Marketplace and awarding of winners for the Best Mentor Award and Poster Exhibit Contest.
For more information, please contact PNHRS secretariat at telephone numbers: (02) 8377534 or (02) 8377537 or visit PNHRS website at http://www.healthresearch.ph/.
Every third week of July, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) celebrates the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) to showcase the various research projects supported by the Philippines. For the first time, the NSTW kick-off event was held in the region, at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang, Davao City, on 6-9 July. Participated by students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and local government employees and officials, the three-day event inspired Mindanaoans to patronize local technology and feature the capability of local science experts.
With the theme, “24 Hours of Healthy Living through S&T,” the exhibit for the Science, Technology, and Innovation for Health Cluster (STI for Health) showed how DOST-supported and assisted technologies are integrated in the daily lives of families.
The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), together with the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), and Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) showcased DOST breakthrough programs, services, and technologies under this cluster. Among the featured technologies include the self-cleaning textiles and ornamental plants from PTRI; stabilized brown rice and rice-mongo, and sesame baby food from FNRI. PCHRD, on the other hand, presented FASSSTER, Biotek-M Dengue Aqua Kit, ReliefVent, and Agapay from PCHRD.
Gracing the opening ceremonies was President Rodrigo Duterte who highlighted the importance of continuous innovation and its role in the development of the nation, “Science, technology. It’s innovation. You innovate now or you perish. If we do not innovate in our lives, in all forms, we would have a hard time this next generation,“ he said.
The National Science Technology Week Mindanao celebration is organized by the Mindanao Cluster of Department of Science and Technology. For more information about the National and Regional Science and Technology Week celebrations, please visit nstw.dost.gov.ph