DOST-PCHRD grants 296K to Zamboangueña researcher to develop studies on citrus peels


The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) through the Zamboanga Council for Health Research and Development – Regional Research Fund (ZCHRD-RRF), has recently granted a Zamboangueña researcher a fund worth ₱296,421.60.

It is to fund her research on the determination of antioxidant and anti-arthritic activity of peels from citrus fruits (Citrus limon and Citrus sinensis).

The study will serve as preliminary research for future drug product development (capsules, tablets, or candies) as an alternative, or in synergistic combination with synthetic anti-arthritic or antioxidant drugs already available in the market.

The research also aims to establish an initiative for sustainable development by utilizing waste materials that contain bioactive compounds of potential benefits for the improvement of human health.

The fund will be used to obtain the necessary provisions, as well as supplies and chemical reagents for the conduct of several test solutions of antioxidant, and anti-arthritic activity present in the peels of Citrus limon and Citrus sinensis.

Fatimae Mariano will lead the study. She’s a graduate of Master of Science in Pharmacy from the University of San Carlos in 2018, and a product of the Universidad de Zamboanga with a degree in Pharmacy.

Her study will be the third research funded locally by the ZCHRD-RRF and is expected to yield powdered purified extracts that will be ready for encapsulation, or incorporation in tablet formulation, or any other dosage forms for future product development.

Moreover, Mariano is among the pool of 24 researchers from different member institutions of the Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research and Development (ZCHRD), who participated in the Basic Research Method training conducted by the DOST IX last 22-24 May 2019.


—(Source: DOST – Region 9)

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