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DOST fetes science workers, administrators

Monday, July 16, 2012 01:42 AM    Views : 740by:Allan Ace Aclan S & T Media Service

In celebration of Filipino genius and ingenuity in the field of S&T, the Department of Science and Technology, through its advisory body, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), gave recognition to researchers and administrators on July 10. The awarding is part of the upcoming National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) to be held on July 10-14, 2012 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia.

Awarded for the Outstanding R&D were Dr. Christian Joseph R. Cumagun (Eduardo A. Quisumbing medal) for his extensive research on fusarium and Dr. Maria Corazon A. De Ungria (Julian A. Banzon Medal) for her significant research on forensic DNA.

The Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award (Gregorio Y. Zara Medal) was conferred to Mr. Rolando C. Dela Cruz, technology generator and developer of various herbal antiviral products, most famous of which are DeMole and DeWart, both made from cashew nut.

Meanwhile, the Dioscoro L. Umali Medal was awarded to Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla for her notable leadership in human genome institutions and research teams.

Dr. Christian Joseph R. Cumagun was able tomap important genes of the devastating pathogenic fungus fusarium that control pathogenicity and aggressiveness and mycotoxin production of F. graminearum. He also pioneered in the mapping of one or two minor genes that control aggressiveness in the region that controls trichothecene toxin type [nivalenol (NIV) or deoxynivalenol DON].

Meanwhile, Dr. De Ungria was awarded because of her actual casework on enhancing the country's capacity to conduct DNA analysis for forensic applications. She and herteam also conduct research on the genetics of different Philippine ethno-linguistic groups in order to better understand the genetic history of the Filipino people.

Meanwhile, Rolando C. Dela Cruz was recognizedfor his commercialization of patented natural products for the removal of warts, moles, skin growths, and basal cell carcinoma. His invention was the first technology to have introduced the non-surgical approach in treating warts, moles, basal cell carcinoma using herbs (herbocautery) that is fast-acting, effective and safe without adverse effects or undesirable post treatment manifestations.

Dr. Carmecita Padilla awarded for her 20 years of pioneering efforts in establishment of genetic services and research and the institutionalization of newborn screening services. She is currently the Director of the Newborn Screening Reference Center (since 2006) and immediate past director of the Institute of Human Genetics (2000-2010).

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