A researcher in Zamboanga City had recently received funding worth ₱296,421.60 from 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), to continue studies on the determination of antioxidant and anti-arthritic activity of peels from citrus fruits (Citrus limon and Citrus sinensis).
This study serves as preliminary research for future drug product development (capsules, tablets, or candies) as 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 which contain bioactive compounds of potential benefits for the improvement of human health.
The grant will be utilized to obtain the necessary provisions, supplies and materials, 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.
Leading the study is Ms. Fatimae I. Mariano, 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 on the determination of antioxidant and anti-arthritic activity present in the peels of citrus fruits becomes the third research funded locally through the ZCHRD – RRF. The study 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.
The local researcher 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.
The DOST through its various arms provides funding for studies in designing, implementing, and managing health research projects.
Regular staff and faculty members of research institutes, medical and allied health sciences, hospitals, and other health-related agencies may submit research proposals to the ZCHRD secretariat via Electronic Mail.