DOST-PCHRD launches Tuklas Lunas Research Fellowship Program

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), in partnership with the De La Salle University (DLSU), launched the new Tuklas Lunas Research Fellowship Program in a virtual event last 19 October 2020.

The program aims to capacitate researchers from the Tuklas Lunas Implementing Agencies (TLIAs) in the discipline and in the conduct of natural products research. This also entails sharing of DLSU’s available expertise and instruments to help equip and capacitate TLIAs in natural products research, specifically the molecular level study of secondary metabolites.

In its Phase 1 of implementation, 15 selected researchers from TLIAs will get to participate in online courses starting 1 October 2020 until 28 February 2021. The courses are designed to train and capacitate them on research topics including Chemistry of Natural Products, NMR Spectroscopy on Natural Products, and Chromatography for Natural Products. These courses will be delivered through online lecture sessions, online laboratory activities, and individual mentoring sessions through Zoom and AnimoSpace.

To further help the researchers in their studies and practice, the research fellows will also be trained on the discipline of journal reading using the vast DLSU collection of journals and online subscriptions, and training and access to the SciFinder, which is a powerful search engine especially in searching for chemical structures.

During the event, the selected Tuklas Lunas fellows and designated mentors were presented and introduced. The fellows were also oriented on what to expect during the four-month engagement in the program.

In their messages, both DOST-PCHRD Director Dr. Jaime Montoya and DLSU College of Science Dean Dr. Glenn Alea agreed that the Tuklas Lunas Research Fellowship Program will enable researchers to discover new knowledge and develop breakthrough technologies on natural products in the future. They viewed the program as a huge opportunity to develop a new breed of scientists who will provide research-based solutions to clinically unmet needs by leveraging on the country’s rich biodiversity.