“Addiction is a national issue. We have to partner with many organizations to provide a more meaningful perspective on addiction in this country. Emphasis has been placed on the criminal or police aspects of the problem. Of course there are issues that need to be resolved by the police, but we would like to view it more as a social and health problem that needs to be addressed,” explained by Dr. Armando C. Crisostomo, UP Manila Vice Chancellor for Research and chairperson of UP Manila’s Technical Working Group on Addiction Science.

Learn more about UP Manila and Development Academy of the Philippines’ response to the glaring problems arising from addiction, particularly illegal substance abuse in the country.

The Philippines Learning Commons provides lifelong learners in Kaohsiung, Taiwan a technology-equipped educational facility and the space to converge and converse, where they can learn from quality resource materials and from each other.

Start-up carves a niche in human resource solutions

Being in UP Cebu also looped it into the culture of cutting-edge research and development of the academe. In handling human resources—and wages and benefits already reaching more than P9 billion—the system is recipient to a huge amount of data, which is huge scientific grist. This makes the start-up not only a business incubatee, but a possible partner of UP in finding what is best for human resources in the country.

Fighting Leptospirosis with a local vaccine

“It takes 10 to 14 years to develop a vaccine,” says Dr. Nina Gloriani of the University of the Philippines Manila College of Public Health. And that’s not counting the intervening periods where one attends to other professional and personal activities which also require time and attention. Recently however, she and her team have registered the proof of concept for LeptoVax, the first locally produced vaccine against the Leptospirosis bacteria.

Sitting alone in an office built for two, Joeriggo Reyes may not appear at first to be part of a multidisciplinary team tackling one of the world’s deadliest diseases. The lab gowns or sequencing machines that one typically associates with biological scholarship are nowhere in sight. From his room at UP Diliman’s Institute of Mathematics, however, this biologist and informatics expert finds himself at the crossroads of contemporary cancer research.