Italian executive of Liver Foundation calls links with PH a “love story” – Manila Bulletin


The senior official from Fondazione Italiana Fegato (FIF) or the Italian Liver Foundation described Italy’s partnership with the Philippines on liver research as a “love story”.

Fondazione Italiana Fegato (FIF Facebook page)

FIF President Dr Decio Ripandelli made the remarks at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Liver Foundation which was held virtually on November 18.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said Ripandelli called Italy’s collaboration with the Philippines through the FIF and DOST a history of ‘love.

At the FIF annual meeting, Ripandelli said the liver health goals and activities described by DOST coincide with the Foundation’s goals, the DOST chief said.

“We are in love by definition, and we look forward to [to] a very, very long love story in order to value what has already been done but [also] what we can do in the future, ”said Ripandelli at the meeting.

Scientists from the FIF network, including Filipino academics DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) in Italy, attended the meeting.

In August of this year, DOST-PCHRD, University of the Philippines-Manila (UPM) and IFF signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and promote scientific and technological cooperation on translational hetapology through the joint research and development, the granting of scholarships and research grants, and the exchange of scientists, experts and researchers for studies and training.

As part of the MoU, DOST-PCHRD, UPM and FIF will conduct scientific and technological cooperation on translational hepatology through the following initiatives:

-Joint research and development;

– Granting of masters and doctoral scholarships, and graduate studies, research scholarships, research enrichment training;

-Exchange of scientists, experts and researchers for studies, observations and training;

-Conducting joint training and specialized training;

-Organization of conferences, seminars, workshops and joint events;

-Promotion of collaboration between other relevant scientific institutions and organizations of the Philippines and Italy;

-Implementation of the liver research program which will open up more opportunities and developments in infrastructure and resources related to liver research;

-Convene a Philippine liver network made up of academic and research institutions across the country; and

-Other forms of cooperation which the participants may agree upon.

The MOU provides that the following areas in translational hepatology are to be explored: applications of OMIC technologies to explain the pathogenesis of liver disease, discovery of biomarkers for precision medicine, discovery of new therapeutic targets and investigation of the gut microbiome and liver disease; animal and non-animal models for liver disease; and artificial intelligence and its application to the diagnosis and prognosis of chronic liver disease.

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