NEWS | UPV Philippine Genome Center Visayas, DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute collaborate on Filipino Genomes Research Program

| Written by Padayon UP

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ILOILO City —  The Philippine Genome Center Visayas is collaborating with the DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman for the study on Filipino Genomes Research Program (FGRP): Representing the Underrepresented, funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). The program has two component projects: (1) Filipino Forensic Genomics and Project; and (2) Filipino Genomes: History, Evolution, Origins, and Applications, aiming to represent and involve Filipinos in human genomics research, enhance the study of Filipino history, geography, health and medicine, and strengthen the use of forensic genetics in the country. Using a participatory research design, the program intends to recruit volunteers to become partners in the study implementation.


Filipinos born in Iloilo City, Iloilo, ages 18 and above (preferably with both parents and all four grandparents originating from Iloilo City) can be partner-volunteers in the study. Partner-volunteers who are participating in the study will undergo orientation, filling out the consent form, interview, anthropometric measurements, and saliva collection. DNA processing and analysis will follow after the completion of the collection process. The research team, then, would present the results of the study to the communities involved before presenting to the scientific community. The personal, genealogy, and anthropometric information of the partner-volunteers will be used to study Filipino genetic variation for anthropology, forensics, and evolution.


For more information, please contact Ms. Claire Juanico, FGRP research collaborator, who holds office at the Philippine Genome Center Visayas, UPV, Iloilo. An email can be sent to [email protected] to learn more about the study. Interested individuals may also access this link or the poster above to apply:



Tan-Mabilog, G. C. (2023, June 23). Philippine Genome Center Visayas to take part in Filipino Genomes Research Program, study to impact anthropology, forensics, and evolution.