August 22, 2021

P175-M has been allocated towards improved illness detection and treatment

According to Jaime Montoya, executive director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), about PHP175 million has been allocated for the establishment of a research facility that will be inaugurated this September and will be used for better diagnosis and management of diseases.

The Protein, Proteomics, and Metabolomics Facility (PPMF) is situated on the second floor of the Philippine Genome Center’s main building inside the University of the Philippines – Diliman’s National Science Complex.

“Filipino researchers will be able to study proteomes and metabolomes thanks to the PPMF. These are the groups of proteins and metabolites that give an organism its distinct features. While genomes offer a peek of future characteristics, proteomes and metabolomes provide a more accurate view of an organism’s or target sample’s current condition “In response to queries from the Philippine News Agency, Montoya said.

Proteomics analysis, he said, might be used to find “biomarkers” for diseases like cancer. “The relationship between these biomarkers and the stage of the illness may identify key proteins that may be utilized to improve disease diagnosis and treatment. The detection of these indicators in subsequent patients may be utilized to provide more ‘tailored therapy’ for these individuals “Montoya explained.

He went on to say that the facility will enable researchers to conduct a more in-depth study into the origins of specific illnesses, as well as distinctive characteristics that may be discovered in the Philippines’ unique resources.

According to him, the Department of Science and Technology has set aside PHP175 million for this purpose.

The new center, according to Montoya, will increase the country’s ability to use multi-omics technologies.

“The PPMF extends the existing infrastructure to enable the study of protein and metabolite products in target species when combined with (PGC’s) DNA Sequencing Core Facility, which analyzes DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (Ribonucleic acid). These skills are available to all Filipino researchers “He made a comment.

The PGC’s goal, according to the leadership, is to enable the utilization of existing resources for the empowerment of other researchers, not only to undertake world-class research inside the institution.

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