No task is too big nor too small in UP’s fight against COVID-19. This is the rallying spirit behind the various UP Bayanihan efforts that range from science and technology to humanitarian efforts, leading the way in social responsibility for its students and staff.

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As the national university, the University of the Philippines is mandated to take the lead in the nation’s quest for true, equitable and sustainable development by harnessing the expertise of its academic and scientific community to address the nation’s most pressing problems, one of which is the COVID-19 outbreak.

Twenty-three inventions were awarded incentives by the University in the 5th Invention Disclosure Incentive Awarding Ceremony. Of the 23, six were invention disclosures while the remaining 17 were technology transfers.

The committee that paved the way for PGC’s establishment: from left to right, Dr. Gisela Concepcion, Dr. Amelia Guevara, Dr. Cynthia Saloma, and Dr. Carmencita Padilla. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

This is what the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) is trying to find out. One of its key research initiatives is piecing together Filipino genomic identity and history.

UP has partnered with academic institutions, government agencies, civil society organizations, and industry representatives in Mindanao to establish the Mindanao Genomics Consortium. The group aims to facilitate the conduct of omics research and collaborations that will enhance omics work in Mindanao.

Inspired by the work she did on a disease whose victims rarely reach the age of 30, UP Manila-based clinical geneticist and National Institutes of Health Executive Director Eva Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz is using her knowledge of the Filipino’s genetic makeup to heal and manage serious birth defects and illnesses. And with the technology of a newly launched laboratory at the Philippine Genome Center behind her, this Dangal ng Bayan Awardee is ready to take the next step.