Written by Christiane Helene Comique with contributions from Gelo Saavedra
25th FAOBMB international conference
The 25th FAOBMB International Conference and 43rd Annual Meeting of the Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PSBMB) was held in Manila at the Philippine International Conference Centre from 5–7 December, 2016. The convenor was Professor Gracia Fe Yu from the University of the Philippines, and the meeting’s theme was focused on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Health and Wellness, with an emphasis on translation of natural products.
The local organising committee, comprising Professor Gracia Fe Yu, Dr Apolinario Yambot (President of PSBMB) and Dr John Donnie Ramos (Immediate Past President of PSBMB) delivered a lively and highly interactive meeting. There were more than 575 participants, including 60 foreign delegates, of which there were nine plenary speakers. Particularly notable were the vibrant interactions between students and international delegates, and the organisers should be congratulated for facilitating sessions to maximise student involvement.
Written by Christiane Helene Comique
Young Scientists' Forum Winners 2016
The Young Scientists' Forum was established in 1995 as a competition for undergraduate research projects. This is to encourage students to actively pursue their research interests in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. On its 21st year, a wise and talented set of young scientists are now included in the hall of fame. The announcement of winners happened during the closing ceremonies of the 25th FAOBMB International Conference and 43rd PSBMB Annual Convention.
Written by Christiane Helene Comique
signing of the memorandum of agreement between PSBMB and IMB Academia Sinica
The Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PSBMB) and the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) of Academia Sinica are now officially in a harmonious relationship to create mutual development of programs for students, faculty members, and other members of PSBMB, after they signed a memorandum of agreement on Tuesday morning, December 6, 2016 at the PICC during the 2nd day of the PSBMB 2016 Convention.
Statement of the Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on the Supreme Court decision on Bt talong
[ISAAA ET AL. VS. GREENPEACE SOUTHEAST ASIA (PHILS) ET AL. (G. R. NOS. 209271, 209276, 209301, AND 209430)]
The Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PSBMB) expresses its disagreement on the decision of the venerable Supreme Court of the Philippines related to Bt talong, to wit: 1) banning of Bt talong field testing; 2) asserting that the Department of Agriculture Order No. 08, series of 2002 also known as the “Rules and Regulations for the Importation and Release into the Environment of Plants and Plant Products Derived from the Use of Modern Biotechnology” is now otherwise NULL AND VOID; and 3) any application for contained use, field testing, propagation and commercialization and importation of genetically modified organisms is temporarily halted until a new administrative order is promulgated with accordance to preexisting laws. Due to the various issues related to the potential effects of the Supreme Court’s decision not only to the agricultural industry but also to other fields and industries such as medicine and pharmaceutical industry, the import-export sectors, food and feed industry etc, which can impact the greater Filipino population in general, the PSBMB along with the rest of the Philippine scientific community appeals to the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision on the banning of importation as well as field testing not only of the Bt talong but of other genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in general.