Institute for Health and Innovation and Translational Medicine
Institute for Information Infrastructure Development
Institute for Health Innovation and Translational Medicine (IHITM)
Health innovation and translational medicine refers to the bench-to-bedside translation of basic scientific research to practicable diagnostic procedures and therapies with meaningful improvements to physical, mental or social health outcomes (adapted from Zerhouni, 2005).
The Institute for Health Innovation and Translational Medicine directs projects in health care through strategic technology, delivery, and training, to improve diagnosis, treatment and health services delivery in the ten major causes of morbidity and mortality in the Philippines, such as asthma, diabetes, tuberculosis, dengue and diarrhea.
IHITM-2013-63: High Throughput Screening of Philippine Terrestrial and Marine Organisms for Antimalarial Properties and Identification of Novel Drug Targets
PH Project Leader: Dr. Christine Hernandez (UP Diliman)
US Project Investigator: Dr. Joseph DeRisi (UC San Francisco)
The goals of this project are two-fold. First, within two years, the project is expected to deliver a prioritized list of preclinical samples from Philippine land and aquatic organisms for drug development that are matched with target identification and their chemical identity. Second, the establishment of a centralized facility for high throughput drug screening will open up a unique opportunity for Filipino researchers to explore the untapped potential of novel bioactive agents in the rich collection of plant and marine species of the Philippines. This joint effort holds the promise not just for anti-malarials, but also for dengue fever, tuberculosis, influenza, and cancer. These goals is being achieved through cross-training of personnel, knowledge transfer, and infrastructure building.
Information infrastructure development refers to the technological and human components, networks, systems, and processes that contribute to the creation, flow or exchange, processing and management of electronic information (adapted from Braa et al., 2007).
The Institute for Information Infrastructure Development directs projects in information technology, energy, e-government and e-education
- Control: Fault-resilient safety assurance;
- Sensing: Collaborative aerial SLAM;
- Analysis: Information aggregation and representation for large-scale urban infrastructure.
IIID-2016-007: nanoQuench: Synthesis and Modelling of Porous Activated Graphene Nanofilters for Precise Water Purification and Desalination
PH Project Leader: Dr. Magdaleno R. Vasquez Jr. (UP Diliman)
US Project Investigator: Dr. Matthew P. Sherburne (UC Berkeley)
This project seeks to couple computational materials design of 2D graphene-based materials with experimental efforts to rapidly arrive at an optimized material system and device for water purification.
Computational materials modeling can be used to predict properties before materials have been synthesized in the laboratory. This approach should accelerate the discovery and subsequent application of new materials and allow experimental efforts to focus on promising material systems determined from the simulations.
The project objectives highlight the development of a PECVD system with high vacuum capability for the bottom-‐up synthesis of graphene-‐based materials, and then modifying the plasma system such that it could be able to create precise nanoholes in the graphene sheets.
IIID-2016-008: Development of Wireless Sensor Network-Based Water Information System For Efficient Irrigation Water Management in the Philippines
PH Project Leader: Dr. Victor B. Ella (UP Los Baños)
UC Project Investigator: Dr. Steven D. Glaser (UC Berkeley)
This project aims to design, develop and test a novel irrigation water management scheme and information system for lowland and upland crops based on wireless sensor network (WSN) technology. The proponents intend to design, build, and operate hardened agricultural observatories that will provide detailed and real-time information on surface and subsurface hydrologic conditions, local meteorological conditions, soil conditions, etc., and, if necessary, control an automatic irrigation scheduling and application system.
The technology that will be developed in this project would lead to numerous benefits and positive impacts including good management policies in the agriculture and water sector, improved enforcement through an informed populace, and a direct economic improvement for the stakeholde. The resulting system should be ready for marketing within the Philippines and to countries with climates similar to the Philippines.
IIID-2016-010: Chemical and Environment - Portable Sensor Techologies (CE-PoST)
PH Project Leader: Dr. Arnel A. Salvador (UP Diliman)
US Project Investigator: Dr. Liwei Lin (UC Berkeley)
The project aims to develop novel portable and low-power graphene-based gas sensors using wafer-level packaging processes for applications on cell phones, wearable devices, and internet of things (IoT) – key information infrastructure with applications in the sectors of environmental monitoring, transportation, and monitoring and control.
Part of the objectives of CE-PoST is the establishment of a facility to prototype sensors and possibly even other devices. Researchers from both the academe and industry who would want to fabricate a prototype of their device can utilize the facility. This will bolster the country’s research and development capabilities, putting the Philippines at the forefront of device fabrication research .