About PHP175 million has been allocated for the establishment of a research facility that may be used for better diagnosis or management of diseases which is set to be inaugurated this September, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) executive director Jaime Montoya said Friday.
The Protein, Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility (PPMF) is located on the 2nd floor of the Philippine Genome Center main building within the National Science Complex of the University of the Philippines – Diliman.
“The PPMF will provide Filipino researchers the capability to investigate proteomes and metabolomes. These are the collections of proteins and metabolites within an organism that provide their actual characteristics. While the genomes provide a glimpse of the potential traits, the proteomes and metabolomes show the actual picture of the state of an organism or target sample,” Montoya said in response to questions from the Philippine News Agency.
He cited that proteomics analysis may be used to identify “biomarkers” of a disease like cancer. “Relating these biomarkers to the state of the disease may reveal important proteins that may be used for better diagnosis or management of the disease. Detecting these biomarkers in successive patients may then be used for better ‘personalized treatment’ of these patients,” Montoya explained.
The facility would allow researchers to do more direct analysis on the causes of certain diseases, or of special traits that may be found in unique resources found in the Philippines, he continued.
The Department of Science and Technology, he said, has allocated some PHP175 million for this.
Montoya clarified that the new facility will expand the country’s capacity to utilize multi-omics technology.
“Combined with (PGC’s) DNA Sequencing Core Facility which studies the DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (Ribonucleic acid), the PPMF expands the available infrastructure to allow analysis of the protein and metabolite products in target organisms. These capabilities are (intended for all) Filipino researchers,” he remarked.
The executive also pointed out that the PGC’s mission is not just to conduct world-class research within the institution, but to facilitate the use of available resources for the empowerment of other researchers.