Friday, December 11, 2009

NPSP Convenes for Chemical Diversity

In cooperation with the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) situated in Nueva Ecija, the Natural Products Society of the Philippines (NPSP) held its 14th Annual Convention last December 3-4, 2009 at the Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology. The two-day event carried the theme, “Mining Nature’s Chemical Diversity for Various Applications” gathering scientists, teachers and students from different research and academic institutions in the country.

Meanwhile, the phytochemistry pioneer in the Philippines and National Scientist, whom serves as a model for the next-generation scientists, Dr. Alfredo Santos conducted a lecture series that touched on various areas namely biosystematics, natural products chemistry/biology (terrestrial, marine, and microbial), natural products potential applications, and biodiversity. In addition, there were scientific and plenary sessions, poster exhibits, a business meeting and a tour of Banawe Rice Terraces that were also held among other things.

As it is known that natural products provide needed leads for the development of therapeutic agents and are indispensable tools in providing potency and selectivity, the event presented various ways by which chemical and biological data serve as tools in transforming natural products into more useful biological agents.


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