Courtesy visit of the Chancellor and other executive officers and lecture at University of the Philippines Mindanao
On November 28, 2023, Prof Kozo Watanabe visited the University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP Mindanao) to pay a courtesy call on Prof. Lyre Anni E. Murao (Chancellor), Prof. May Anne Mata (Director, Office of Research), Prof. Cleto L. Nañola, Jr. (Dean, College of Science and Mathematics), Dr Junaldo A. Mantiquilla, Chair of Department of Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies. Prof Watanabe also toured the research facilities at the university. In the Philippine Genome Center Mindanao of UP Mindanao, he made a focus group discussion with members of two projects: Mindanao Center for Diseases Watch and Analytics (DiWA) and Patient Centered Clinical Decision Support System on Endemic Diseases Applying Artificial Intelligence Technology and Operations Research (PASYENTE). Prof. Watanabe also delivered a lecture “Eco-epidemiological studies of Dengue mosquito in the Philippines: Modeling and Genetic Approaches” to students and faculty staffs at Lemito Hall, University Library.
This visit was arranged by a faculty staff of UP Mindanao, Mr. Von Carlo Dela Torre who will join my lab as a doctoral student at MECOH lab. Thank you very much.
Courtesy visit of the President and other executive officers of Cavite State University, Philippines
On October 24, 2023, Prof Kozo Watanabe visited Cavite State University (CvSU) in the Philippines to pay a courtesy call on Dr. Hernando D. Robles, University President, Dr. Melbourne R. Talactac, Vice President for Research and Extension, and Dr. Miriam Du-Baltazar, Director for Research Center. They exchanged opinions on future academic exchange agreements and possible joint research. Prof Watanabe also toured the research facilities at the university.
This visit was arranged by A fuculty staff of CvSU, Mr. Jomel S. Limbago who will join my lab as a doctoral student at MECOH lab. Thank you very much.
Atikah Fitria, our very own dedicated PhD student, recently had the exciting opportunity to represent MEcoH in the annual meeting of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in Chicago, USA, from October 18th to 22nd, 2023.
At the conference, she presented her research topics through poster presentations. The first explored the population genomics of Aedes aegypti in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines. The second delved into the detection of Wolbachia in Ae. aegypti mosquitoes using ddRAD-Seq technology.
The ASTMH annual meeting is a significant event in the world of tropical diseases and hygiene research, attracting experts and professionals from around the globe. This year's gathering saw 4,585 attendees from 119 different countries, all coming together at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago.
The conference featured a wide range of research presentations, with a particular focus on malaria-related studies from African countries. Attendees also learned about recent advancements in vaccine and antiviral research for mosquito-borne diseases like Dengue and malaria. Interestingly, deployment of mosquito control in several countries around world using environment friendly approach such as Wolbachia was presented multiple times there.
The meeting provided an excellent platform for networking and collaboration. Researchers, academicians, government officials in the health sector, and students had the chance to connect, share ideas, and expand their professional networks.
The overarching theme of this year's conference, "from evidence to action," highlighted the importance of turning research findings into practical solutions to combat tropical diseases. We thank Atikah for attending this annual meeting and hopefully becoming the seed necessary for future collaboration, sharing research findings together to drive action against tropical diseases.
Dr. Ivane R. Pedrosa Gerasmio, Visiting Assoc. Prof., from the Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology For Collaborative Works with MECOH
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Ivane R. Pedrosa Gerasmio as a valued collaborator from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. Her diverse range of projects showcases a deep commitment to scientific exploration, covering subjects such as crustacean identification in Panguil Bay, genetic diversity in horseshoe crabs, and reproductive biology of commercially important fish species in Illigan City.
We are thrilled to have her as our guest, as she stayed with us from the 16th of October to the 25th. During her visit, we at MECOH are glad to share our facilities to process several eDNA samples she brought from The Philippines. By working closely with her, we felt that we have made the most of each others' expertise in the name of advancing our shared scientific endeavors.
During her visit, Dr Ivane was productive. She is successful with size selection, products were amplified from the fish eDNA samples she had brought from Mindanao, and received bioinformatic analysis training throughout her stay in MECOH.
She was given guidance from Dr. Karen Judan Cruz and Dan Joseph Logronio on both molecular biology techniques and bioinformatic analysis.
"It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed."
Students from Institut Teknologi Bandung and Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia stayed in MECOH lab for a month
Naomi: I always feel very grateful for having experience in MECOH Lab because finally I could learn many things about microbiology, DNA, and PCR. It’s so wonderful for meeting many people from different nations and could learn about trivial things about anything in this world, exchanging culture and experience will be always a thing I want to try by myself. I also want to thank to Kozo Sensei for giving me chance to join the lab and all the students that help me to learn. Hope MECOH Lab will be this joyful as the time goes by!
Vita: Firstly I came to Japan, I felt afraid because I felt constrained language when communicating in the Japanese language and also English. But, I can handle that because of support from Kozo Sensei and the others member in MECOH Lab, especially Ken and Ngure, who was very patient and explained well until I understood the research. This is my new experience studying DNA, and I am interested in this research. Thank you to the Japanese in MECOH laboratory, especially Shimada and Naoya, who accompany and provide insight into Matsuyama and Japan.
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