Lady Penelope Denereaux L. Caro and Marc Arvin L. Boyoc, BS Biology alumni, garnered the second place in the 2012 DOST-PCHRD-Gruppo Medica Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine. Their research on the common garden plant entitled “Antiangiogenic Activity and Cytotoxicity of the Leaf of Dieffenbanchia maculata(Lodd.) Bunting (Spotted Dumbcane)” earned the nod of the panel of judges from among the thirty five (35) entries nationwide. Ms Caro presented the research orally to the screening committee during the final deliberation on July 13, 2012.
With this study, the researchers attempted to provide another possible source of safe and effective agent for antiangiogenic therapy, a novel way of treating cancer. Based on the findings of the study, both leaf ethanolic extract and essential oil have antiangiogenic activity. However, only the ethanolic extract is not cytotoxic and therefore can possibly be a safe agent for antiangiogenesis.
Being implemented by the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the Gruppo Medica Inc. (GMI) all over the country, the award aims to motivate students, with the technical guidance of their faculty adviser, to view undergraduate thesis as an excellent opportunity to contribute to national interest. Further, the award recognizes relevant and innovative research works on herbal medicine.
The screening committee whose members come from UP Institute of Chemistry, UST Research Center for the Natural Sciences, DLSHSI Center for Biopharmaceutical Research, Food and Drug Administration(FDA), Gruppo Medica and DOST-PCHRD judged the entries based on relevance, potential for practical application or commercialization of results, creativity and originality of research work, scientific quality and number of researchers.
Marc Arvin L. Boyoc, together with their research adviser, Dr. Jose Antonio A. Guntalidad, received the plaques of recognition and cash awards during the culmination of the 6th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week on August 10, 2012 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel, Manila. BS Pharmacy students from University of Sto. Tomas and San Pedro College got the first and third places, respectively.
Mary Mae M. Cheung, Ph.D.
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