Philippines joins international neuroscience collective

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    The Philippines has become a first-time host and member to global neuroscience network BrainConnects at the 9th Neuroscience International Symposium held by the Institute for Neurosciences (INS) in St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City (SLMC).

    With the theme “Bridging Brains, Enriching Minds,” the three-day symposium gathered clinicians, researchers, and experts in the fields of neuroscience, neurology, engineering, clinical psychology, robotics, and applied physics with the aim of spurring innovation among various disciplines.

    At the symposium held recently, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco T. Duque III commended the Institute’s move towards further collaboration. “The Philippines’ participation to the BrainConnects network is a huge step for neurosciences in this country,” said Duque who graced the event as guest of honor.

    This year, SLMC-INS officially signed onto the network as the Philippines’ representative alongside institutes and groups from Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.

    At present, it has become a local research hub for neuro informatics.

    “The elderly immensely contribute to our society as family and community members and as active participants in the workforce. Unfortunately, many older adults are at risk of developing mental and neurological disorders, along with other health problems,” said Duque.

    INS overall head and organizing chairperson Dr. Ma. Socorro Martinez reiterated that SLMC has the adequate patient count and advanced technology for translational research. “We could harness the knowledge gained from basic neuroscience research and clinical trials to develop techniques or tools that address medical needs designed to improve neurological treatment outcomes, especially in diseases affecting the aged population—therefore completing the cycle of research from lab to bed,” she said.