A research by the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) on durian rinds as natural bio preservatives secured over 900,000 pesos funding from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).

Durian, dubbed "the king of tropical fruit," is a popular fruit in Southeast Asia known for its pungent odor, spiky appearance, and delicious taste. In the Davao Region, the Philippine Statistics Authority reports that durian had an increasing trend in volume production from 2017 to 2019.

Aside from its delicious taste, durian rinds or the fruit's outer skin can be used for many purposes. Multiple studies reveal that the durian rinds can be used as fiber, paper, organic fertilizer, and even as fiberboard. USeP's research aims to use the fruit's rinds as natural bio preservatives by isolating bacteriocinogenic Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) and extracting bacteriocin from fermenting durian rind. This research also aims to provide future solutions to food safety issues. 

Prof. Judee Nogodula, Head of the USEP College of Arts and Sciences Research, spearheads this project together with the University of the Philippines Los Baños as the cooperating agency. 

The project is funded through the Regional Research Fund (RRF) facilitated by the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC), the regional arm of DOST-PCHRD. USeP is a member of the said consortium. The RHRDC provides RRF to encourage researchers to be actively involved in health research activities and build up their capabilities in designing, implementing, and promoting health research projects in the region. 

The project is funded for one year and will undergo the necessary phases to complete the study. The grant fund will cover expenses such as supplies, materials, technologies, transportation, maintenance, and laboratory technicians that will serve in the project.

source: DOST XI S&T Information and Promotion / https://region11.dost.gov.ph/


THE Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) secures a P1 million research funding grant from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to strengthen kidney transplant research in Mindanao.

Kidney transplant is one of the most common surgeries for people with chronic kidney disease. To prevent the body's organ rejection, the kidney recipients are maintained on drugs. This research will correlate the patient's genes to the dose of this drug intake to ensure safer and more accurate monitoring of the drug usage.

DOST through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will grant funds for the conduct of data collection, blood sampling and processing, DNA extraction and sequencing, and statistical analysis which are vital to the project's success.

The project will be headed by Dr. Maria Theresa Bad-ang, Chairperson of the Renal Transplant Section of Nephrology of SPMC and Chairperson of the Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) for Zone 4A of the Department of Health.

The results of this project will serve as a baseline for future studies that would help patients prepare for the tedious process of healing after kidney transplant. The study will also determine the clinical outcome through a blood test that checks how well the patient's kidneys are working and the amount of medical expenses spent by kidney transplant recipients in Mindanao based on their metabolic rates.

The project will be governed under the guidelines of the DOST Grants-In-Aid program. This is part of DOST’s program which aims to harness the country's scientific and technological capabilities by providing financial grants to S&T programs/projects to spur sustainable economic growth for the country.

Source: Sunstar Davao



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