Cebu Technological University – Research

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Institute for Molecular Genetics, Parasitology and Vector-borne Diseases (IMGPVBD)

Latest innovations in several scientific fields, including animal science, veterinary science, and biology, have been employing molecular-level technology. The use of molecular approaches has significantly improved the quality of research outputs, which benefited the community in developing better diagnostic approaches, increasing agricultural productivity, recommending measures for human and animal health policy improvement, and improving the quality of life. Vector-borne and protozoan diseases are among the top priority concerns because of the possible economic impact it can bring to the agricultural sector and health implications on humans. improving the quality of life. Vector-borne and protozoan diseases are among the top priority concerns because of the possible economic impact it can bring to the agricultural sector and health implications on humans.

Experts on vector-borne and protozoan disease and facilities equipped with molecular capabilities are limited on the regional and national level. Despite its potential high impact on the livestock industry and even human health, this has not been given wide attention. These have precluded the advancement of several related research studies, which could have also helped enhance academic instruction, community extension, industry linkages, and international collaborations. Such studies may include the prevalence of the studied diseases in humans and animals, the development of disease diagnostic kits, parasite biodiversity, and natural product innovation against these diseases. Thus, the creation of the Institute for Molecular Genetics, Parasitology and Vector-borne Diseases that is highly equipped and accessible in the region would be incredibly beneficial.

With the establishment of the center, it is expected that several relevant scientific advances and publications will be attained. The local experts will also be able to continue their scientific advancements. They will be able to collaborate with researchers from other local or regional institutions interested in molecular research. Students will be exposed to the latest technology and augment learning in actual laboratory exposure and experiments. In this manner, the scientific and academic community in the region will be greatly benefitted.

VISION

IMGPVBD as the leading research and development center in molecular parasitology and vector-borne diseases in the Philippines that will be recognized for its pioneering works that impact the community.

MISSION

To engage in multi-disciplinary research endeavors in molecular parasitology and vector-borne diseases that have an impact on the school curriculum, researchers, scientists, community and other relevant stakeholders.

GOALS

By 2024, IMGPVBD will be equipped with the latest technology for the conduct of research, development and extension in the molecular parasitology and vector-borne diseases field, and will produce relevant scientific publication outputs, enhance affiliated faculty expertise and profile, strengthen local, national and international linkages, and be a recipient of multiple research grants.

OBJECTIVES

Publish at least five research outputs per year in reputable scientific journals;

Create innovations that will enhance the rapid diagnosis or detection of parasitological diseases;

Provide an avenue for researchers and students to strengthen their technical knowledge and training in molecular parasitology and protozoan diseases;

Recommend relevant policies to the government, academe or institutions based on the research outputs;

Increase research collaboration and linkages in the local, regional, national and international levels;

Promote regional development by addressing current relevant issues and concerns in Central Visayas; and

Obtain external research grants to further advance the studies in molecular parasitology and molecular parasitology.

HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

The College of Arts and Sciences at the Main Campus and College of Veterinary Medicine at Barili Campus have no current research centers. A research center can help boost the program and improve research outputs. The proponent is currently affiliated with the two colleges and is a recipient of a CHED DARE TO grant worth 15 million (as the main proponent). This grant provides some equipment. CTU has also embarked on a joint research endeavor with UP Cebu (IDIG Grant worth 12 million), which has a component on vector-borne and protozoan disease research.

Moreover, Japanese researchers from the National Research Center of Protozoan Diseases, Obihiro University, and Hokkaido University embarked on collaborative research with the proponents. However, there is no actual research center yet that will house these research endeavors at CTU. Hence, to expand coverage of current research areas and sustain the research endeavors, the creation of the Institute for Molecular Genetics, Parasitology and Vector-borne Diseases that is equipped with the latest technology in molecular research is advantageous. Vector-borne and protozoan diseases are among the top priority concerns because of the possible economic impact they can bring to the agricultural sector and health implications on humans.

Latest innovations in several scientific fields, including animal science, veterinary science, and biology, have been employing molecular-level technology. The use of molecular approaches has significantly improved the quality of research outputs, which benefited the community in terms of developing better diagnostic approaches, increasing agricultural productivity, recommending measures for human and animal health policy improvement, and improving the quality of life.

On the regional and national level, experts on vector-borne and protozoan disease and facilities equipped with molecular capabilities are limited. Despite its potential high impact on the livestock industry and even human health, this has not been given wide attention. These have precluded the advancement of several related research studies, which could have also helped enhance academic instruction, community extension, industry linkages, and international collaborations. Such studies may include the prevalence of the studied diseases in humans and animals, the development of disease diagnostic kits, parasite biodiversity, and natural product innovation against these diseases. Thus, the creation of the Institute for Molecular Genetics, Parasitology and Vector-borne Diseases that is highly equipped and accessible in the region would be greatly beneficial.

With the creation of the center, among the expected transformations at CTU would include a strengthened faculty profile, increased regional, local and international recognition of CTU in the field of vector-borne and protozoan diseases, increased competency of faculty and students in molecular techniques, and increased efforts in searching for funding for molecular researches.

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