UP Mindanao researchers win top prizes at health R&D expo

| Written by University of the Philippines Mindanao

The UP Mindanao delegation to the 9th Health Research and Development Expo (left-right): Shem Gempesaw, Associate Professor Aleyla de Cadiz, Marlon Enano, Zairel Crish Sarillana, Kathleen Matullano, Assistant Professor Kenette Jean Millondaga, Associate Professor Noreen Grace Fundador (Photo courtesy of Prof. Aleyla de Cadiz)


A professional researcher and undergraduate students of the University of the Philippines Mindanao received top awards during the 9th Health Research and Development Expo competitions organized by the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium-XI held on 3-4 October 2019 in Davao City.

For the Qualitative Research – Professional/Graduate category, Assistant Professor Kenette Jean Millondaga of the Department of Social Sciences won 1st place for her paper “Women and ‘madness’ in peasant communities in North Cotabato, Mindanao.” Professor Millondaga’s paper forms part of her study on traditional medical practices and women’s reproductive health in rural areas. This is the first time that the qualitative research category was included in the history of the expo.

For the Quantitative/Mixed Method – Undergraduate Category, two students received the first and third prizes: Marlon Enano (BS Biology 2019) and Zairel Crish Sarillana (BS Food Technology 2019), respectively. Enano’s paper entitled “Bioassay guided isolation of anti-lung cancer compounds from the leaves of DDHP-2095” is part of the UP Mindanao’s Discovery and Development of Health Products (DDHP) research project headed by Associate Professor Joel Hassan Tolentino (Department of Food Science and Chemistry) and Associate Professor Aleyla de Cadiz (Department of Biological Science and Environmental Studies). Sarillana’s paper entitled  “Green synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles using cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) pod husk extract and evaluation of their anti-microbial activities” explores new areas in the continuing research of her adviser, Associate Professor Noreen Grace Fundador (Department of Food Science and Chemistry), on the use of waste from local bioresources to assist in the formation of nanoparticles with anti-microbial properties.

This is the first time that the research competition adopted the 3-minute presentation format, where the presenter conveys the findings and significance of the research using common language to a mixed audience within a three-minute time limit.

RHRDC-XI chairperson Dr. Warlito Vicente and vice chairperson and Department of Science and Technology regional director Dr. Anthony Sales conferred the awards in the closing ceremonies held on 4 October 2019 at Grand Regal Hotel.