A Webinar on Applications of Food Omics and Fish Processing

The Philippine Genome Center Visayas in collaboration with the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences – Institute of Fish Processing Technology and University of the Philippines Visayas Regional Research Center will hold a webinar entitled: “Applications of Omics in Food and Fish Processing” on January 28, 2021, 1:30 pm via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Learn the possibilities of omics technologies for food and fish processing!Register for the webinar using the QR code on the publicity material or the following googleform link: https://forms.gle/XGKoCrnyNTyog1qF7

Certificate of attendance will be given to those who will submit feedback form. See you there!

Omics in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

This 2020, PGC Visayas has been touted as one of DOST’s Big 20 in 2020, programs and technologies that can make a big impact in the lives of our countrymen, and push our country to attain socio-economic growth and development. PGC Visayas has lived up to this expectation as one of the research centers that continues to train medical personnel for COVID-19 testing. Aside from our COVID-19 efforts, PGC Visayas also aims to be known for expertise in fisheries and aquatic sciences. In the week prior to the PGC Visayas Virtual Inauguration, we have invited three experts for the Webinar on Omics in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences on November 13, 2020, 1:30 pm. Join us in exploring the possibilities of omics research for fisheries and aquatic sciences. Pre-register on the following link to secure a slot for our webinar via Zoom: https://forms.gle/tBa3LD3EK5mM4Ndk6

The webinar will also be available through FB live but only those registered will be given certificates upon submission of the evaluation form after the webinar. Limited slots are available!

Watch out for the topics and get to know the speakers in the upcoming days. Follow our page to keep updated!

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Genomics in Health Writeshop

Iloilo Doctor’s Group (consisting of Iloilo Doctors’ Hospital, Iloilo Doctors’ College and Iloilo Doctors’ College of Medicine, Inc.) participated in the Genomics in Health Writeshop last June 24-25, 2019 at the AVR, GCEB, University of the Philippines Visayas, Iloilo City.

The Genomics in Health Writeshop generated four proposals from medical doctors of WVSU CM and Iloilo Doctors’ Group. Dr. Philip Ian P. Padila, PGC VSF Project Staff Level 3 for Medicine, presented 2 proposals from Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH). The research proposals were on thyroid carcinoma, G6PD deficiency, colorectal cancer, diabetes mellitus and hepatitis B. All these proposals were proposed to be done in PGC VSF.

Mr. Jose Joy J. Gepanaga, Science Research Specialist II from Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST PCHRD), presented the thrusts of PCHRD and how to apply for grants. He was also able to answer questions regarding the budget and ethical clearance requirement prior to proposal submission.

The resource speakers for the Genomics in Health Writeshop were Prof. Mary Ann F. Naragdao (introduction), Dr. Padilla (related literature), Mr. Joseph L. Arbizo (methodology), Prof. Ma. Pilar S. Malata (ethics) and Dr. Victor Marco Emmanuel N. Ferriols (line item budget).

Genome Visayas Staff Training in Genome Sequencing

The Philippine Genome Center Visayas Satellite Facility (PGC VSF) sends 11 participants for the Nucleic Acid Extraction and Basic Library Preparation for Next Generation Sequencing on June 17-21, 2019 at the Philippine Genome Center, National Science Complex, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

Seven of the participants were PGC VSF staff while the other four participants were prospective PGC VSF clients. The other four participants are Dr. Noe D. Bataga, Ms. Karen Claire S. Ebreo, Mr. Joseph P. Faisan Jr. and Ms. Rema C. Sibonga. Dr. Bataga is an endocrinologist from West Visayas State University College of Medicine. Ebreo is a UPV MS Biology student under Dr. Ma. Celia D. Malay, faculty member of the Division of Biological Scineces, UP Visayas. Faisan and Sibonga are early career researchers under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) GlobalSeaweedSTAR Programme. GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR Programme is a £6M, 51-month programme funded by Research Council UK (RCUK) entirely focused on the needs of seaweed-producing developing countries. Mr. Faisan is also a senior technical assistant of SEAFDEC/AQD.

The participants performed laboratory procedures such as extracting environmental DNA from soil, extracting RNA from plant, performing nucleic acid quality control procedures and library preparation during training. Trainers from the DNA Sequencing Core Facility (DSCF) also toured the participants around PGC. Dr. Benedict A. Maralit, DSCF Director, gave a lecture on determining the sequencing platform that suits a research.

This NGS training acquainted the PGC VSF staff on the future operations of its core facility. The other four participants have genomics-related proposals/researches in the pipeline to be carried out at PGC VSF. The satellite facility Philippine Genome Center Visayas is located is currently located at the Fisheries Aquaculture Station of the UP Visayas, Miagao campus.

21 institutions convened for Forging Partnerships with PGC VSF

The beginning of the establishment of Philippine Genome Center Visayas Satellite Facility (PGC VSF) consortium happened last June 14, 2019 at Training Rooms 1 and 2, GCEB, UP Visayas, Iloilo City with 21 institutions across the Philippines.

Forging Partnerships with PGC VSF gathered representatives from Northern Iloilo Polytechnic College, University of Antique, Capiz State University, Aklan State University, Visayas State University, Southern Leyte State University, Iloilo State College of Fisheries, Mindanao State University Tawi-tawi College of Technology and Oceanography, University of San Carlos, Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology, Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology, Sorsogon State College, Cebu Technological University, Western Philippines University, University of San Agustin, West Visayas State University, Silliman University, Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Iloilo Doctor’s Hospital, Philippine Science High School MIMAROPA Region Campus and Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Aquaculture Department to discuss how PGC VSF can collaborate with them in complementing genomics to their researches.

Prospective PGC VSF consortium members can be classified into health-related and fisheries and aquatic sciences-related. The health-related prospective PGC VSF consortium members wanted to work on diabetes mellitus, thyroid cancer, nutrigenomics for micronutrient deficiency, cervical cancer and G6PD for newborn screening. For the fisheries and aquatic sciences-related prospective consortium members, they would like to conduct research on seaweeds; seeafood safety and traceability; stock identification for conservation and selective breeding; marine resource metabarcoding and biobanking; feed nutrition, fish disease detection and bioplastic production.

These 21 institutions will be able to access the PGC VSF laboratory equipped for DNA extraction and library preparation for next-generation sequencing (NGS) if they comply with PGC VSF consortium membership requirements. In gaining PGC VSF consortium membership, PGC VSF requires an institution to have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and/or genomics-related memorandum of academic research cooperation (MOARC) as well as a research proposal within 2 years. PGC VSF will be housed in the new research center of UP Visayas situated at the Miagao Campus overlooking the Panay Gulf with picturesque vistas of the town of San Joaquin and the province of Antique.

Dr. Cynthia P. Saloma, executive director of Philippine Genome Center, was present to recount the beginnings of PGC and to express her vision of the center as a catalyst in genomics research through trainings, consultations and services for consortium members. She emphasized complementation of talents and professional services among consortium members and PGC VSF. She welcomed the institutions who would want to work in PGC Main too.

Dr. Victor Marco Emmanuel N. Ferriols, project leader of PGC VSF, introduced the facility and expressed PGC VSF’s willingness to collaborate and assist in proposal preparations with the institutions present in the activity. Assistance in proposal preparations may include trainings, writeshops and assessment of laboratory requirements for genomics research.

Several representatives from institutions presented their genomics-related works such as Dr. Paul John L. Geraldino on identification of seaweeds, Dr. Robert S. Guino-o II on barcoding of freshwater fishes and Dr. Doralyn S. Dalisay on compound discovery in marine actinomycetes.

Dr. Michael A. Rice from University of Rhode Island delivered a lecture on genetics and salinity tolerances of exotic Charru mussel in the Philippines and implications for their management.

Ms. Arlene L. Avillanosa from Western Philippines University and Dr. Maria Celia D. Malay from University of the Philippines Visayas presented research proposals intended to be done with PGC VSF.

Representatives from the institutions were given time to discuss projects with those who presented genomics-related works and those who presented proposals.

Indeed, much has to be done for genomics to complement research of PGC VSF’s prospective consortium members. Forging Partnerships with PGC VSF was a great way to start.