UPV BioDiv Faculty Bags First Place in the National Oral Competition on Obesity Gene

Dr. Adrienne Marrie S. Bugayong-Janagap from the Division of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, won 1st Place in the 15th PNHRS Week Oral Research Presentation-Professional Category on 08 August 2022, held at Clark Marriott Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. 

She bested five other national finalists in the same category during the 15th PNHRS Week, which will run until August 12, Friday.

Dr. Bugayong-Janagap presented her study, “Tubby and Hmgb2 interaction and potential role in adipogenesis,” in the recently concluded Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Oral Research Presentation-Professional Category. She was chosen as the Region 6 representative by the Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium. 

“Obesity is a global epidemic, and the Philippines has seen an increase in cases. Therefore, it is important to study obesity-associated genes, like tubby, which may give us a broader perspective on the mechanisms underlying the disease, and provides insight on potential therapeutic strategies and public health intervention,” said Dr. Bugayong-Janagap when asked about the significance of her study on obesity.

Meanwhile, Lyelle Rowie Z. Galupar, a BS Public Health student, qualified for the national poster competition after winning at the regional level. Galupar is among the eight finalists in her category. 

The Western Visayas delegation was headed by CAS Dean Dr. Alice Joan G. Ferrer, who is also the Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (WVHRDC). 

DOST-PCHRD holds the annual PNHRS Week Celebration to promote health research among Filipinos. (Mr. Franco Nodado and Mr. Sean Rafio)


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